The Control Large Players Have on Mass Media

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Mass media, with its functions to inform, to educate and to entertain, is one of the most important issues in the United States because of the way it has been manipulated to cater the demands of various groups, such as partisan bias, sensationalist journalists as well as the government. Such is the problem for the modern and enlightened public; since people now have access to various areas to get news reports, the media apparently lacks the way to properly distribute truthful and factual information about events happening locally and internationally and those that are included in the sphere of public interest. Control and manipulation as well as the inability to access information about the matter, lay as the major obstacles that disable…show more content…
Although it was disclosed that it crashed into the sea with no survivors left (Branigan 2014), people were misinformed through the three-week course of finding the lost airplane. This is an example of framed news reports since after various analyses, opinions that were published, and even conspiracy theories, the Malaysian government concluded that it has crashed into the sea without revealing any solid evidence – such as the black box – making a lot of information about it hidden from the public. Another important issue that concerns the revelation of truth to the public is that media is being controlled by powerful groups. “Powerful groups, especially governments and large corporations, shape the news in range of ways… Advertising is another powerful influence on commercial media” (Bhargava 248) shows that advertising has a big influence over the news that relayed to the public. Commercial media, in its form, enables the public to know information about a product which is often stated as news – regardless of whether the information is fabricated. This often gives credibility to the product despite its harmful effects to the human situation, and more often than not, is paid for by large corporations and even the government. This is an issue that destroys media democracy since it does not yield or reveal the truth behind the product or an event – usually when something is destroyed or harmed by it, a
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