By: Seraphina Mallon-Breiman
The topic of media bias is important because media filters into our lives today more than ever before. Historically, we are the generation that media has pervaded most drastically. We are the millennials, the individuals who’ve grown up with cell-phones in hand and computers just an arms length away. Texting, networking and creating online profiles comes as easily to us as getting up in the morning. The “media” is today’s hot topic, the contemporary social issue that we constantly find ourselves discussing.
Thomas Jefferson is quoted as saying, “The man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them, inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.” This statement summarizes the entire topic by acknowledging how many lies and falsehoods exist constantly within any form of news or media presentation. No matter your view, liberal or conservative, it is important to remember that bias does exist within all media manifestos. So many forms of news are controlled simply by the providers funding their source. The amount of money backing news coverage is phenomenal.
It is also important to remember that any newscaster or spokesperson relaying material holds their own personal prejudice and often sports a reputation that will play a huge role in the way they are perceived. Media exists as a tool, yes, but can be manipulated by whoever intercepts it . This is okay, as long as we continue to remind ourselves of this relationship. It is likely that an objective truth will never be largely agreed upon within the media as the information passed will always change due to how that information will be interpreted. I believe that without dialoguing about the social problems we face in today’s world, there will be no positive change toward understanding and working to better these issues on a deeper level.