I think the media tends more harm sometimes in portraying their versions of the truth. Is that what the media job intended to sensationalise news to get an audience. Every spin on a truth is sold with an element of untruth just to get a headline. It really bothers me that this is what sells and the real truths are hidden.
increase in viewership, more ads, more income for them
More times than naught these so called journalists only want the money not the story and their bosses want gore not story and fact.
Just outright commercialism. I hardly watch the news anymore. I get my info from the internet. I won't watch news through someone else's filter.
Blowing up a hurricane from a breeze is to cover the holes in the news about all the things they are not telling you. Censorship by deliberate omission.
People have short attention spans and you have to be over the top newswise to grab their attention.
Sensationalism exists because there is a market for it. We can blame the media all we like and we can call them names, but the simple truth is the responsibility is ours, the media is only selling the product which the public demands.
Everybody who's posted here is spot on. I've been writing on the web for over 20 years, and had millions of visitors to my various pages during that time. Nevertheless, i've only had pieces go viral a few times, and on each occasion, it was because the article struck a nerve on a topic that a ton of people were passionate about. When your business model depends on viewers, and rewards come only when you strike a nerve with millions of viewers, the pressure is on to generate content that rouses those oassionate emotional responses.
Unfortunately, over time, as people become numb to the techniques used, media keeps upping the ante to find ways to shock, rile up, and distract us from all the other signals competing for our attention.
Another reason, of course, is that it's easy to spin a very small fact (or none at all) into a full-length, widely-read article with sensationalism, anecdotes and opinions than it is to do extensive investigative reports. I find that is the larger danger, because it means an uniformed public whose opinions are shaped largely by spin doctoring and sensationalizing a very limited and selected pool of information.
Because this is how they get paid by advertisers and they see that lower levels of nonsense and trickery doesn't get the attention that it once did. I have seen several occasions where reporters intentionally misled the public on facts. This is so routinely done that it really doesn't pay for most of us to believe the information that we see even on local news, as things are usually worded a certain way or witheld that can make a very big difference in the context.
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