Thursday, March 12, 2009

Transformation of Media

From scribes handwriting books and newsletters to the instant information age that we live in today, the changes are almost unimaginable. Today's media is such a staple of a society that wants to know what happened even before it happened. If there isn't a good video posted on youtube within an hour of an incident, there is a cyber uproar of malicious blogs and slanderous accusations against various news organizations that is completely unwarranted. It's somewhat distressing to find out that 95% of our media is owned by just 5 companies. I feel that we get slanted versions of stories depending on Disney's, for instance, personal interests. If a guy in a Mickey Mouse costume went on a killing spree, the costume might just be left out of the article, until the inevitable video is posted on youtube that is and the backpedaling soon ensues. As i said previously, I am new to this whole blogging thing but it's good to know that everybody has an outlet to get express themselves and give, for the most part, neutral and unsided opinions on whatever is on their mind that day.


At 9:01 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

An interesting discussion, but I think you may be overstating the problem a bit. First of all corporations don't have "personal interests" individuals have personal interests. ABC News (owned by Disney) will still report negative news about Disney, although they won't spend a lot of time trying to dig any up. Yes, corporate control is a problem but there is still an independent news media in this country, breaking news stories that can then be discussed on the blogs.

Also, while you are welcome to post whatever you wish in relation to the mass media, remember that you required weekly post is supposed to be showing me your engagement with the assigned readings for the week. So where is that key quotation from this weeks readings and your commentary on it?


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