[quote="ManOnFire, post:5, topic:267925"]
Amen bro! And they're not even elected! Imagine the power and influence a few people have over the unthinkers who belive we must go along with "popular opinion." THEY CREATE popular opinion via the media content, then many unthinking people use it as the gold standard for how to act and what to believe. :(
You are right.
The media has no conscience except the ratings. To win in the ratings they employ more definitive media players, whose 'authoritative' views are made to seem like the norm. Those same authoritative media spokesmen and women have become louder and louder, more shrill and more convinced of the rightness of what they preach. Disagree with them and they hound you mercilessly, raking up muck, editing the sound and the written word to make themselves look right and look all important.
But guess what - they are failing.
This article in The Australian newspaper is all about how low the media has fallen in the eyes of the public. The article states -
Only 17 per cent of voters polled at the last election had confidence in the press, compared with 53 per cent for the Australian political system, 41 per cent for the public service and 31 per cent for the political parties.
The public aren't buying it any more. The public has watched for too long as media "personalities" keep spreading a message that doesn't fit with the reality of what most people think, feel and believe. The growth of the Internet and the spread of diverse opinions has undermined the stranglehold on information and ideas the main media outlets have had for so long, so what do the media personalities do? They become more shrill and more obnoxious and they keep spreading their own images through the media system they live in. Before you know it, most of them are famous just for being famous and no-one respects them anymore.