We’ve heard it all before, ironically we hear it in the news, and we see it as a notification pops up in our Twitter feed. It has become almost a reality, that we have come to terms with. Obviously it is the media’s fault, who else is there to blame?
There has been an incredible amount of research done for and against this argument, proving inconclusive with different outcomes generated every time. It is a moral panic, yes the media may impact our society in a number of ways, however we need to take a step back and look at the media’s standpoint!
We have media personalities encouraging anxieties about minorities, just look at the role of women in the media.
We have the creation of social villains (see folk devils).
We have an emphasis on the powerful, and very little on the powerless.
If a man walked into a classroom, pulled out a gun and shot three children and a teacher, before turning the gun on himself, we’d call it a massacre, and we’d call him a vicious murderer.
Yet when a man walks into his own home and shoots his three children and his wife before turning the gun on himself, he’s remembered in the press as a loving family man who was under some strain.
Nina Funnell, Freelance Opinion Writer
Let’s face it, reality is, the media is bias.
With our small attention span (lower than a goldfish), we are less likely to look at both sides of the argument…
How many times have we heard the testimonies of refugees in detention centres?
How many times have we heard how much the GOVERNMENT is doing for refugees in detention centres?
We hear what we want to hear.
The human understanding when it has once adopted an opinion… draws all things else to support and agree with it. And though there be a greater number and weight of instances to be found on the other side, yet these it either neglects and despises, or else by some distinction sets aside and rejects
Francis Bacon, Philosopher
Before we make the blame, we need to step back and take a look at ALL of the contributing factors…
…status in society
…wealth or poverty
…and the media
The media changes our perceptions and emphasizes certain elements in society, leading us to be influenced in a particular way. What we need to realise is that the media is not intentionally trying to create an unrealistic body image or encourage rape, its role is to provide entertainment and information to its audiences.
The media will create, what we want to hear.
- ABC/AFP, 2014, ‘Violent video games linked to kids’ aggression’, ABC Science, 25 March, viewed 8 March-15 March, <http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2014/03/25/3971009.html>
- Bacon, F. 2015, The New Organon or True Directions Concerning the Interpretation of Nature, Constitution Society, viewed 8 March- 15 March, <http://www.constitution.org/bacon/nov_org.htm>
- Body Imaging and Advertising, 2008, ‘How does Today’s Advertising Impact on Your Body Image?’, Healthy Place, 11 December, viewed 8 March-15 March, <http://www.healthyplace.com/eating-disorders/articles/eating-disorders-body-image-and-advertising/>
- Jeffery Kluger, 2012, ‘We never talk any more: The problem with text messaging’, CNN, 31 August, viewed 8 March-15 March, <http://edition.cnn.com/2012/08/31/tech/mobile/problem-text-messaging-oms/>
- Lamb, B, 2012, New Media and Moral Panics | Media in Minutes | Episode 5, (online video), 25 November, Youtube, viewed 8 March -15 March 2015, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjg-Ln9pLlI>
- Reja Jha, Tasneem Nashrulla, 2014, ‘7 Ways Bollywood Is Contributing To Rape Culture In India’, Buzzfeed, 30 April, viewed 8 March -15 March
- Rooftop Revolutionaries, 2014, Folk Devils Teaser, (online video), 22 January, Youtube, viewed 8 March -15 March 2015, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spV6vqodQSA>
- The Representation Project, 2013, How the Media Failed Women in 2013, (online video), 3 December, Youtube, viewed 8 March -15 March 2015, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NswJ4kO9uHc>