The commentators in the Mass media spend an enormous amount of time talking at a rapidly escalating speed. This should raise some serious questions about how serious they are about reporting the news. I suspect that many people may agree but think it is so obvious that it hardly needs to be debated. This would be a mistake; we need to keep reminding ourselves that whenever they use this tactic that their objective is to get us to jump to conclusions without thinking things through. They almost certainly understand that many people will recognize this but if people just become so accustomed to it will become routine and people will stop thinking about it and then the tactic will become more effective.
This is also a common advertising or propaganda method. When you see them play one clip after another of the days media pundits, as they often do, this seems very dramatic and it may have a certain appeal but it is repeating things in your head in a manner that they may have studied very carefully that seems to happen very quickly so the average viewer won’t have time to think things through. This is especially true if people watch TV for extended periods of time. The Mass Media can’t be trusted to stop doing this anytime soon but there are simple things that can be done to avoid being manipulated more than necessary. One is to simply not watch too much. Another is to be certain to use other sources and discuss things with others. The traditional Mass Media has turned into such a blatant propaganda machine that no one should rely solely on it. Media studies that are taped could help understand how they’re trying to manipulate us. By replaying them at your own pace you can take the time to think things through.
Perhaps the most important thing that could be done is that people could attempt to think about how things could and should be done starting with the basics or fundamentals. This is what I have attempted to do in a relatively short series of posts, so far, about fundamentals. This includes Why I’m a fundamentalist (not to be confused with more widely known pseudo-fundamentalists) Semi-secret fundamentals of economics and the Fundamentals of psychology.
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