- Sky F
- Salt Lake City, UT
- United States
Objective Unbiased Evaluation of Media Providers for a Stronger Democracy
*I acknowledge this idea is not plausible, so I don't think plausibility comments are worth posting. I only hope to discuss the VALUE of this idea*
Ya know, last presidential election I was taking a media class. It just showed me that people are being shepherded by their sources of news and information to believe something. It seems the presidential elections were more about insignificant issues blown way out of proportion and public representation contests rather than what should be truly important: the truth.
I talked to my professor about this, how I thought that a functional democracy couldn't operate with such biased media-reporting and ads that spout cool buzz words like "patriot" and "change" and "american" and "family values" and a whole bunch of things that don't really mean anything because no one *actually* disagrees with them.
Point is, I believe how politics are presented to the public play a big role on how our government is shaped.
My professor then corrected me and said that "It's kind of the lesser of two evils, but a democracy would be even worse off without having any media." I agreed.
The idea I'm proposing is that there should be an organization that essentially 'grades' news programs on how much people should listen to them. Some news reports seem to be seething with fallacious arguments, whether it be Fox News or the Daily Show. Things should be graded on whether their arguments are actually saying anything or if they're just spouting the same old buzz words, that have lost meaning except for the most easily persuaded. Reporting should be completely neutral and the language used should reflect this. Too many opinions only appear to be constructed from valid arguments but however are actually riddled with fallacious logic. What actually gets portrayed in the media is also only half the story.
This would solve what BOTH sides think is faulty with our current political system. Detrimental to untrustworthy politicians, though.