I guess this post is a reflection of what i have learnt over the past weeks.
If I were more cynical I would sum this up with a few points:
- You can’t blame the media first without looking at the issue/individual.
- That advertisers know you better than you know yourself.
- The media is owned by the mootable Murdoch so don’t believe what you read.
- And the public overreacts over every issue.
In some sense these arguments bare some form of truth. But as I said, that is put very very pessimistically.
In terms of the media, our world changes by the second. One example of this is how “In today’s House Armed Services Committee hearing on the Department of Defense budget, a member of the committee read an unclassified passage in a classified report on North Korea’s nuclear capabilities” but then retracted the statement stating “it would be inaccurate to suggest that the North Korean regime has fully tested, developed, or demonstrated the kinds of nuclear capabilities referenced in the passage.”
This could, of course, be true. But having learnt about the public sphere – one could consider that the original statement had the potential to cause fear in the public, and to counteract this fear the US government retracted the statement. But that just sounds like a weird conspiracy.
On the issue of Media Ownership which had the greatest impact on me, I highlighted how nearly all of our (Australian) newspapers are own by Murdoch or Fairfax. It would be ‘silly’ to claim that either media mogul strictly outlines what is allowed to be printed by ‘their’ journalists. But when “127 newspapers around the world, with a combined circulation of 40 million a week, supported the Iraq war“, It pays to be skeptical of what you read.
And this certainly proves the point.
Ultimately, what this course has taught me is to be skeptical. Be careful what you read and their agenda. Things aren’t ever just black and white – there is always grey.