The media, especially now more than ever, has a lot more power and influence than people would think. The media comes in many different forms, with newspapers, magazines, tabloids, even radio, and many different forms of social media platforms that many people use and are influenced by without even realising it.
Fact or Opinion?
You always need to be very careful when reading the news or other types of media, and don’t always believe everything that you read. There are lots of trusted websites and newspapers that have to provide people with the truth, but there are also lots of other types of media that can’t always be trusted, and might not even be true. A lot of the time opinions can be misread or inferred as facts that may mislead a lot of people to believe it is true. This can happen a lot, and everyone always should check and compare the information they are reading. However, even with trusted websites and newspapers, everything you are reading isn’t always in fact the truth. Information can again be misread or misunderstood but in a trickier way. Often opinions can be disguised and presented as fact. Also, when people are quoted, they may not always be directly quoted, and instead ‘implied’ to have said something which is very misleading to readers, and provides people with false information. This shows how powerful the media can be with just a single carefully worded sentence to influence and manipulate people’s opinions and views.
Is it really as it seems?
A lot of the time, especially with online news and websites, titles and headlines can exaggerate the story by making it seem more dramatic. As a consequence of this, people who don’t always read the full story or information of the article can be easily mislead. And when article headlines and titles are very negative, people can do what is called ‘doom scrolling’ where they read through just the bad headlines. As you can see, without knowing the full story, news can seem much worse, much better, or a much bigger deal than it actually is. Is it right that the media has this much power with just some exaggerated headlines? What do you think?
I hope you enjoyed reading this and it gives you a lot to think about :)