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Lars77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 02:11 PM
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Riz Khan - The role of media in the USA
 
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Has the mainstream media in the US replaced serious coverage with "junk news" and tabloidism?
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Goldstein1984 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 03:35 PM
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1. Short answer: Yes
Long answer: They are only responding to consumer and sponsor demands. The media's job isn't to report reality, it's to deliver an audience of consumers to their corporate sponsors. They'll deliver whatever causes people to buy more iPhones and junk food.

Has anybody else noticed that a single commercial block will contain adds for McDonald's, Nutrisystem, Pizza Hut, Lipitor, Avalide and Lexapro? They believe their audiences are beyond recognizing the irony of back-to-back adds for food containing the classic fat-sugar-salt combination with adds for weight loss, hypertension, and cholesterol control. And, just in case a little real news sneaks through to destroy your fantasies, an add for an anti-depressant.

More and more, I'm realizing that I don't need to read books or watch movies about dystopias, I just need to pay attention to the world around me.

Amy Goodman is wonderful. I never miss Democracy Now!
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prairierose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 06:37 PM
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2. Goldstein1984, I feel more and more as if..
I am living in a fictional dystopia. There are so many events that resonate because I have read about them in the past in some fictional dystopia and then here they are in the real world.
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Goldstein1984 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 07:11 PM
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3. I often tell people, not jokingly...
That the following books are all on need read to understand government and group behavior:

"1984"
"Animal Farm"
"Fahrenheit 451"
"Brave New World"
"Lord of the Flies"

(I might toss in "Hamlet" and "Titus Andronicus")

Even when one looks at the outpouring of support for the people of Haiti, it's true nature can only be appreciated against a backdrop of military coups and self-serving investment, not to mention illegal wars and extra-legal torture and assassination.

It's a non-fictional dystopia, I'm afraid.
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Douglas Carpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:08 PM
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4. at least Al Jazeerah-English offers the best 24 hour news converage in the English language - BY FAR
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