It Has To Be The Media
It Has To Be the Media......
I started attending school in America a week after moving from Nigeria. I was embraced by my fellow students who approached me with hurtful questions such as; “Did you used to live in a jungle?”, “Do u have a pet a lion or tiger?”, “Are you guys hungry in Nigeria?”, and so many more. First, I was angry, then I realized that all these questions were a result of what the media had presented Africa to be before Americans; Poor, jungle like, and wild life. I wasn’t the only one who had experienced it. My mother, a friend of mine, and other immigrants who moved from different parts of the world to America experienced it in similar ways. I believe that people should pay less attention to the media, due to excessive exaggeration, misinformation presented, and type of news presented by the media.
I understand that the media is very important in our lives today. It lets us know what is happening and in some cases, what’s going to happen. The media comprises of journalists and newscasters, who try to make money by directing peoples interests to current events. Because of this reason, the journalists and newscasters present their stories in more persuasive ways such as exaggerating the magnitude of a little problem which is also known as yellow journalism. With yellow journalism, the interest of people are gotten quickly. Yellow journalism has been going on for a while in America. Historical source says that the Spanish-American war was caused by yellow journalism. The journalists kept exaggerating the deeds of the Spanish in Cuba, and also the condition of the Cubans.
Another problem with the media is misinformation. Whatever we hear on the news, read in a newspaper and magazine, we are likely going to believe. Journalists and newscasters are regular people, they could lie or make mistakes. I have noticed quite a few times people arguing about current events. The people in the argument normally debate because their information is not the same about a particular issue. This either means that one is true, one is false, both are false, or they can be both true but lack complete information. The media presents different news to different people about the same issue. This isn’t healthy for the welfare of citizens, because it would affect their thought and knowledge about something and lead into the wrong action.
The last one, type of news, which is very common. News corporations or companies are trying to draw attention, seeking high ratings, and trying to defeat their completion in the business. In order to achieve that, news companies chooses to care less about news that is relevant and focuses more on news that is interesting to the people. For example, we would think originally that we lose more people in car crashes annually compared to cancer, but that isn’t true. More people are interested to hear about or see a car or cars completely destroyed on the road than a room full of patients. The news tells interesting stories more than the needed stories.
The media is a huge part of the society, because it could make us happy, sad, shape our thoughts, and has control over our knowledge about the happening in our world. The news is also precious, because we can learn from it. Media is growing really fast today which is actually good, but the problem is what it presents to the people. If corruption keeps increasing in the media, then we the people, are doomed because we would think wrongly, act wrongly, misinformed, and worry less about important issues in our society.