The Media Circus

I mean, who pays attention to this stuff? Is it just a boring drip of nutrients, pabulum, as you call it, JP? Given that most media bigwigs know a heck of a lot about their audience, and their real purpose is to sell you something, are media outlets only preaching to their proverbial choirs? Are we just making ourselves more entrenched about less? Piled higher and deeper, as the PhD phrase goes, but certainly not wider?

Should those who are “informed” care that they are in the minority, and most of the public doesn’t know much about whatever the rest does know? Most of the public doesn’t know what’s in the Affordable Health Care Act, well 47%. So what does it mean that a majority think ObamaCare/ADA is a bad law? Does the public know the real, official name for ObamaCare? Another study proves that political ads do little to change very many minds. So why are so many millions being donated and spent in that way?

Surveys, especially the ones deemed the least biased, follow whatever the mainstream media squawks about. The public believes what it’s told. Faith in the economic outlook goes down as gas prices rise, or the Dow sinks. Hype about some case on Headline News – a lost child, somebody is on trial (is that all HLN reports on anymore?) – delivers a minor jump of concern that Congress should do something about it.

The media’s job is basically to run things up the flagpole to see what flies; to throw the spaghetti on the wall to see what sticks. You get my drift. Talking points try to hone the home team’s message. “We need to get the word out better for our cause.” Another time, somebody makes a gaff, and that’s a story really likely to have legs. Great fodder for late night monologues.

Education is supposed to be the ticket to changing the world, and to providing opportunity. The former ticket is liberal, the latter ticket is conservative. Education and media overlap a lot.

Who controls what media is the issue that follows the issue of media content and its effect. Media becomes a conspiracy theory.

It’s all such a circus. Sometimes it’s serious, sometimes a folly, and depending on the media consumer, both. We are both observers and insiders to this mad, mad world. I gotta go, my show is on.

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About Jim

I've been leading outdoor environmental education in the YMCA since the 1970s. I love teaching nature, history, current events, being a dad, fixing stuff, groups, and general thinking.
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One Response to The Media Circus

  1. JP says:

    “The media’s job is basically to run things up the flagpole to see what flies; to throw the spaghetti on the wall to see what sticks. You get my drift. Talking points try to hone the home team’s message.” That is what the media has decided its job is, but it is not what their job really is or should be, or what it is supposed to be in the charter they get when they lease the public airwaves. For that is what they do; they don’t own the airwaves; the public does, and they lease the frequency. Part of the deal is that in exchange they are supposed to promote the common good. Or it was, until Reagan, who basically said, F___ it, do what you want, screw everyone and just make as much profit as you can.

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