According to a recent survey, more Americans have a negative (43%) than a positive (33%) view of the news media, and are finding it harder to be well informed because it is getting harder to determine which news is accurate.
So why is trust in the media so low? According to the same survey, 8 out of 10 Americans believe that the news media are critical to their democracy. The gap between these lofty expectations of an honest, objective media and the performance that they actually deliver is large. Times when the mask slips and examples of media manipulation are exposed are hugely damaging to trust, and people naturally turn to social media for other, even-easier-to-manipulate sources. Thus we are in the current state in which we find ourselves: confused, mistrustful and divided.
People have been posting examples of how media can use different techniques of deception, to trick you into seeing exactly what they wanted you to see. It all goes to show that a healthy dose of skepticism goes a long way, and getting your news from a wide range of different sources is your best bet to a more rounded view of the world we live in. Social media is good in that respect, but bad in terms of regulation, trolling and people shouting horrible things at each other. The good old traditional news media really is needed as a forum for rational debate and expert opinion, but they gotta stop with the manipulation already! Scroll down to check out the cheeky bastards in action for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!
1. Photo Taken When Kate Middleton And Prince William Presented Third Royal Baby To The World
2. TV News Station
3. U.S. Marines From The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit Help An Iraqi Soldier With Water From A Canteen In Southern Iraq, March 21, 2003
4. Presidential Inauguration Of Donald Trump
5. Hillary Rally In Omaha
6. Soldiers Playing With Kids
7. Conservative Leader Theresa May Launches The Party’s Campaign Bus In Northumberland
8. Photographer Ruben Salvadori Covered The Conflict Between Israeli Soldiers And Palestinian Youths. The Picture Above Was Staged In Cooperation With A Young Palestinian
9. Pro-Immigration Protest
10. Tax Protest In Paris
11. Hillary Clinton Event In Ohio
12. Example Of How The Media Can Manipulate Us
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