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What messages are in our media beyond the obvious?
American mediia is arguably the most powerful weapon in the arsenal of the USA. Here is a tool more versitile and more subtly influential perhaps than, the atom bomb and jet fighters. Is it used only to convince us what to buy and which political opinion to have, or are their subtler influences than, "plop, plop, fiz, fiz" and politically bent news channels? Is it just a coicidence that most TV programs are about law enforcement? What's not being shown in the news? Are zombies really that popular, or are we being desensitized, to killing the gaunt, desparately near- death, starving masses, pleading for help, as climate change reaches it's predictable conclusion? Is there really any debate about climate change, or are we being kept from panicking until the 1%, have their sanctuaries built? Should we all be moving to Portland?
Closing Statement from Bradley Clark
Thank you all for your insights and participation. It seems that everyone agrees that individuals and corporations color media presentations to their own advantage. To do so, is seen as simple professionalism. It is acknowledged that, the mass effect can be unhealthy. Businesses are free to advertise and lobby and pressure their employees. The forces that seek to protect us from obesity, pollution, poverty and war for profit, are not so well funded. However beyond what individual people and corporations do, the general opinion seems to be that, no vast conspiracy exists as might remind one of John Carpenter's 1988 "They Live". China has a vast secretive propaganda ministry, and that ministry seems to appreciate the effectiveness of America's handling of events media, seemingly without any such ministry of our own. In conclusion, there is only our individual abilities to analyze information and its sources, to aid us in making our own best decisions. A well rounded and continuosly updated education is the best tool to optimize our own lives, the lives of those we love, and to protect the world in which we live.