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mojtaba azari

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does media make people slave? of course with conquering the minds?

so many people do'nt reading book. and just watching any program
..and i do'nt want to say that everyone who watch media ..is slave...NO NO NO NO NO........ I just peruse the effect of media.

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    Jul 12 2011: There is no doubt media try its best to project the things, the way they want. In India, Media is completely controlled by government and there is nothing called free media. Thanks to social network platforms these days, but it is still reachable to very limited population. Media forms a thought process about a person, whom people admire as leaders, and there leaders eventually control media to project themselves the way they want.
    Influence of books in front audio-video medium, is not comparable.
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    Jul 12 2011: Dear Vivek
    thank for your Elaborative comment.( at least for your country> Big India)
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    Jul 11 2011: Well books are a form of media that have as much influence as TV, movies, internet, or whatever. Any form of media has its pattern of biases. To say it make you a slave is a bit much maybe, but if you are not aware of the bias then yes you are going to be influenced a bunch.
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      Jul 11 2011: Hi my friend
      you are so clever..and i praise you for your point.
      but there is some DIFFERENCE . there is DIFFERENCE way to select between media and books.
      people maybe searching about what book they want.,,but about media they just turn on the TV or ....
      and when they watching they concentrate with their eye and ear,,but when they reading they just use eye...
      but i got you. and i agreement with you...
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        Jul 11 2011: Well there are plenty of poorly written books that would parallel bad TV. And to be fair to television there are some well thought out shows. You are right though that we do use our brains differently when watching tv than when we are reading. I'm not so sure one way is better than another though. Besides possible content that you might find objectionable, what makes you down play TV.
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          Jul 11 2011: ** what makes you down play TV.**
          good question.. i believe your new comment too.
          but in special same case the results are different.
          i mean TV is more powerful than books at cheating the people....
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        Jul 11 2011: Well television does have the tendency for consolidation and the elite who controls it can control the message. With a book I could write and publish with limited results if I had to. Television itself does tend to have more of a sedating effect on people. There a reason people watch it in hospitals. It requires little energy to view as oppose from a book where you have to construct a story in your head from abstract letters. I think it is important to make the inherent biases of media understood to those that consume it, but I would not recommend any further action. I mean sort of censorship what can you really do to stop this. I also do not think it is wise to make books into a sacred cow. Many books are just as mindless as TV, which is not a bad thing, but it's not great either. Some book also become more influential than they should be. When we read we have to use quite a bit of logic to construct meaning out words and words out of letters. This tends to lead the reader to believe what they are reading is logical whether it is or isn't.