the problem with media is most the time they give a point of view mixed up with the info, they never give raw information, they always add a way to behave to it, with a strong position taking, or what you should do about it, or you should feel about it, almost they use random news to show their position about something, let say they want to enforce a point of view about guns, they will point out criminality, if they want to show their position about how great they do with saving birds, they will put info about saving birds, and even when it is not for this, they always add a lot of thing that show a point of view that seem rational and well presented, my father always told that tv was predigested idea, like you just have to listen to medias and tv to have a premade opinion about everything, and it is clear media are a lot used to impose a position when faced with something specific, i don't know if you already heard of guy debord and the spectacle society book, he speak a lot about this and how media are used in this way, to make a kind of spectacle and show life like a bit in a safari with the guy commentating this is a giraf and this is a lion, and everything made in a way to divert ppl from making their own opinion about something =) about we are bombarded on info about the now, the now broadcasted from everywhere all the time, and how real daily matter become a bit in background in the mind compared to this =)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theatre_of_Situations
One of the first times in which [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Paul_Sartre"]Jean-Paul Sartre[/url] discussed the concept of Situation was in the context of theatre, in his 1947 essay For a Theatre of Situations.[url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theatre_of_Situations#cite_note-0"][/url] A passage that has been frequently quoted is the following, in which he defines the Theater of Situations:[url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theatre_of_Situations#cite_note-1"][/url][INDENT] if it's true that man is free in a given situation and that in and through that situation he chooses what he will be, then what we have to show in the theatre are simple and human situations and free individuals in these situations choosing what they will be.... The most moving thing the theatre can show is a character creating himself, the moment of choice, of the free decision which commits him to a moral code and a whole way of life.
Debord later modified his argument, and claimed that the spectacle manifests itself in three different forms:
[[url="http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Spectacle_%28critical_theory%29&action=edit§ion=3"]edit[/url]] The concentrated spectacle
The spectacle associated with concentrated bureaucracy. Debord associated this spectacular form mostly with the [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Bloc"]Eastern Bloc[/url] and [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fascism"]Fascism[/url], although today mixed backward economies import it, and even advanced capitalist countries in times of crisis. Every aspect of life, like property, music, and communication is concentrated and is identified with the bureaucratic class. The concentrated spectacle generally identifies itself with a powerful political leader. The concentrated spectacle is made effective through a state of permanent violence and police terror.
[[url="http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Spectacle_%28critical_theory%29&action=edit§ion=4"]edit[/url]] The diffuse spectacle
The spectacle associated with advanced [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitalism"]capitalism[/url] and commodity abundance. In the diffuse spectacle, different commodities conflict with each other, preventing the consumer from consuming the whole. Each commodity claims itself as the only existent one, and tries to impose itself over the other commodities:[INDENT] Irreconcilable claims jockey for position on the stage of the affluent economy's unified spectacle, and different star commodities simultaneously promote conflicting social policies. The automobile spectacle, for example, strives for a perfect traffic flow entailing the destruction of old urban districts, while the city spectacle needs to preserve those districts as tourist attractions.
[RIGHT]– Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle[/RIGHT]
[/INDENT]The diffuse spectacle is more effective than the concentrated spectacle. The diffuse spectacle operates mostly through seduction, while the concentrated spectacle operates mostly through violence. Because of this, Debord argues that the diffuse spectacle is more effective at suppressing non-spectacular opinions than the concentrated spectacle.
[[url="http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Spectacle_%28critical_theory%29&action=edit§ion=5"]edit[/url]] The integrated spectacle
The spectacle associated with modern capitalist countries. The integrated spectacle borrows traits from the diffuse and concentrated spectacle to form a new synthesis. Debord argues that this is a very recent form of spectacular manifestation, and that it was pioneered in France and Italy. According to Debord, the integrated spectacle goes by the label of [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberal_democracy"]liberal democracy[/url]. This spectacle introduces a state of permanent general secrecy, where experts and specialists dictate the morality, statistics, and opinions of the spectacle. [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrorism"]Terrorism[/url] is the invented enemy of the spectacle, which specialists compare with their "liberal democracy", pointing out the superiority of the latter one. Debord argues that without terrorism, the integrated spectacle wouldn't survive, for it needs to be compared to something in order to show its "obvious" perfection and superiority.
[INDENT] We live in a spectacular society, that is, our whole life is surrounded by an immense accumulation of spectacles. Things that were once directly lived are now lived by proxy. Once an experience is taken out of the real world it becomes a commodity. As a commodity the spectacular is developed to the detriment of the real. It becomes a substitute for experience. (Larry Law, Images And Everyday Life)