Mass Media Today

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Mass media, particularly TV in my speech is a powerful tool that can be used for good, and for evil. Edward R. Morrow said that "This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise, it is nothing but wires and lights in a box."

TV is blamed for everything from obesity to murder rates. TV is pretty easy to criticize. Because there are many good reasons to criticize it. But TV also is one of the best inventions and one of the most useful resources, since the internet, that we have today.

The average person watches 9 straight years, 24 hours a day of television. About 4 hours a day average. 98.5 percent of US households have at least one television. So you can see that TV has become a part of are life that most cannot live without.

It is now a necessity.

Television broadcasters have the responsibility to air the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth right? Well that isn't always true. Who regulates what the newscasters say? How can you stop someone from being biased or having an opinion of there own. Mass media and the manner in which it portrays the world around us seem far from middle ground. Does ABC, CBS, and NBC want to report the truth as it really happens or do they and the other media six giants have an ulterior goal? You got to remember that it is a business and they are out there to make money.

Media giants now hire people called news doctors that make the news that much more interesting to our ears, but that much less true.



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