The Media 's The Most Powerful Entity On The Earth

1564 WordsOct 19, 20147 Pages
Malcom X once said “the media’s the most powerful entity on the earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of masses”. He is addressing the matter of media as a manipulative concept and that the media has a way to shape the readers minds into only seeing the negative point of view of a either a victim or offender. In doing so, it entitles that they have a large amount of power, which influences society’s decisions on whether or not they can trust the criminal justice system as a whole. In a recent case that took place back in September of this year, involving a 15-year old aboriginal girl named Tina Fontaine, the media illustrates the victimization of her in aspects that are not valuable for her character. However, not only is the issue degrading the victim, but it is also emphasizing the lack of care that the criminal justice system has towards victims, especially of another ethnic background. Thus, leading to the assumption of society lacking in confidence in the justice system. Overall, the way the media depicts Aboriginal women as victims in violent crimes is extremely concerning to society and the cultural aspects of Canada. Culture is defined as “the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group” (Dictionary.com, 2014). Canada being a culturally diverse country, has many cultures all over the continent and thus other cultures being mixed
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