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Thursday, May 27, 2010

GP Question

Q: Is The Media A Reliable Source Of Information In Terms Of Conveying The Facts And Providing An All-Round View / 360 Degrees Perspective Of Issues?  

- This question challenges the student in areas such as knowledge of newspapers, TV, radio, internet, magazines, posters, videos etc.
- How well the student knows and understands the different forms of media, its pros and cons.
- How well the student argues in the areas of how reliable and accurate the reports, news articles, news programmes/updates are in conveying the true picture of events.
- In other words, is the media a true and accurate representation of the events reported/written/published?
- Everybody is biased in the way we function, eg, if you were to choose the types of food you like at a food mall, it will certainly be different from what another person chooses, of course there may be some overlapping similarities, but overall we are all different and have different tastes and preferences. Similarly, for stories that are reported, it will depend very much on the individual reporting and the slant that he/she takes when writing or reporting an event/article.
- Also, the media, being commercial businesses in many countries, is subjected to the main dynamics of the free market economy (ie to function in a rational way that makes the most economical sense and in turn lead to increased sales and profits) and will undoubtedly want to raise its readership and revenues to a certain extent. It will try its best to report events that people like to watch, see or hear about and in ways which would sell.
- Observe/notice what is reported or published in magazines, on the TV etc, they very rarely talk about the ''other side'' of the story. If a TV news station is from a particular country, it will report news that are ''friendly'' or ''supportive'' of its country's situation or plight or cause. Eg, if Country A's citizens are being held captive in Country B, Country A's TV news network will braodcast news reports emphasizing the sorry plight of its citizens that are being held captive in Country B. Very seldom and very rarely will Country A's TV news network dwell into the sorry plight of citizens from Country B that are held captive in Country A.
- Likewise for magazines, articles published will be slanted towards what the magazine company's market research team has come up with, that is articles that would trigger interest from would be customers or new customers/subscribers or existing customers/subscribers.
- Conclusion : the media is, more often than not, biased.

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