Originally Posted by MontanaGuy
I think that's a very accurate statement. As hkgal pointed out, all of these news organizations are competing with each other so it's really more about business and making a profit as opposed to trying to inform viewers about the important events of the day. Even though my link was from Fox News I really think they're the most biased of all of the major news organizations but all of them are guilty of presenting the news as though it's entertainment as effie stated.
That brings up some troubling thoughts about our own society. If these news organizations find that massive coverage of Britney Spears is more appealing to the public than the harsh realities of the genocide of hundreds of thousands of innocent people in Darfur then something is really wrong with the viewers of these news programs. There are millions of shallow and uninformed viewers who honestly don't want to be bothered with complex issues that would tax their brains and would much rather catch up on the latest Hollywood gossip that everyone's talking about. It's really very sad and I think Americans tend to be some of the most uninformed people on the planet.
I was thinking alone the same lines earlier, but had to go to school. In our present modern society, we are overwhelmed with this stuff now. While it's true the news media is out looking for the most sensational tragic things to report on first, take a look at most of the entertainment and the violence that fills it's content and how it has a sort of desensitizing effect. And it's not strictly restricted to National/World News media & Hollywood. I was just saying to my wife the other night, because we mostly like to watch all of nature programs and documentary shows, they themselves have for the most part gotten away from actually research about this is what this eco-sysytem is about, or this is what this animal is and how it lves, now it's mostly sensationalized shock factor crap about preditors, 10 top animal attacks against humans, etc. Then you've got these Danger Nature Dude experts trying to compete with each other over who's gonna take over the Crocodile Hunter's crown now that he's out of the picture. Anyone else notice the educational nature programs are'nt what they use to be ???
I guess the point is that when we get the bits and pieces of real actual news items in the regular medias as TV, Radio, Newspaper, online news, etc, it's like water off a duck's back. Sometimes I find myself casually glacing and feeling as if it's no more than like a trivial matter and simply look the other way not giving a second glance. I don't necessarily consciously mean too, but it is what it is. In the old days when there were'nt as many shocking things randomly going on every second where the media has an virtual smörgåsbord buffe of zillions of things to pick and choose from, it was a sort of earth shaking event that caught the attention of everyone. But now I think everyone is overwhelmed with the shock info era whether they recognize it or not.