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The Power of the Media

Updated on April 27, 2015

American Choices is all about educating and information the US public. Why? Because Americans hold two important freedoms - the freedom choice in voting and the freedom of our voices - both in writing on the Internet that can be distributed to the world and verbally on YouTube. Both of these communication mediums are important as well as our political freedom to vote. The events overseas in Egypt and in Yemen highlight the freedoms that we as Americans can take for granted. While I write on American Choices which focuses on the buying power of the American public, in order to be savvy consumers, we must recognize the power of the media.

In the times of our forefathers, it is interesting how the founding father made a fortune upon printing presses and other new forms of communications.

Education and information are a valuable resource. Yes, in today's times, the great fortunes are being made with websites such as Facebook and YouTube but we as consumers must remember the power of this media.

An open Internet across all boundaries of the world has the power to change political structures. Why do you think the Chinese an Google have butted heads.

The Internet has the ability to provide information that is closest to "perfect". Perfect information can serve to provide better decisions.

Made in the U.S.A.

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Global Media - Now Personal Power

"Here's the headline: the media effect is no longer only in the hands of CEOs running global media companies. It's in ours and using the framework of TED, I propose that we use this personal power to reframe our expectations for information and entertainment, to reboot our roles as users and viewers, activists and actors, storytellers and policymakers in ways that reconnect to the effect."

This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post.  The Media Effect   By Pat Mitchell

The Power Media Can Have - Celebrity Influence

Media Impact Upon History

  • Clinton election is said to have been won by "his timely presentation of his side of the story" immediately following the Sunday Super Bowl Game in 1992.
  • Anti-Vietnam War media messages had an unjust citizen viewpoint of the perceived honor of the Vietnam veterans
  • Anti-Racism overcome by young statesman, from an elite political family, John F. Kennedy.
  • Exile of Charlie Chaplin from the United States - could it happen today with the media traversing across the oceans immediately?

I have no further use for America. I wouldn't go back there if Jesus Christ was President.

— Charlie Chaplin

Celine Dion Performing Charlie Chaplin's Smile at the Oscars 2011

Smile Charlie Chaplin Modern Times, 1936

Smile - Nat King Cole

Charlie Chaplin's Smile

Charlie Chaplin was a man of many talents - including writing songs. Some accounts have stated that during Chaplin's exile from the United States, he turned his creative energies to composing music. Prior to his exile and perhaps he was exile because of this movie, Smile is the soundtrack/background music in Chaplin's 1936 Modern Times.

Chaplin composed the music. John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons added the lyrics and title decades later - in 1954.

Lyrics of Smile Reflect Chaplin's Career

The song Smile is very uplifting and was indicative of Charlie Chaplin's life of wanting to entertain and make people happy. In the end of his career, he made two films that caused political ire - Modern Times and The Great Dictator 1940.

Chaplin's Leadership - United Artists (1919–1939)

In an effort to escape the growing power of the film distributors and financiers in Hollywood California, Chaplin along with Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith fourned a fil distribution company that remains a thriving entity called United Artists.

In 1922, Chaplin founded Charlie Chaplin Studios in 1922.

Celine Dion's Version of the Chaplin's Smile

At the 2011 Oscar's Celine Dion presented an unprecedented version since the famous rendition from Nat King Cole.

Chaplin's Exile from the United States During the McCarthy Era

In 1952, Chaplin left the US for what was intended as a brief trip home to the United Kingdom for the London premiere of Limelight .

Hoover learned of the trip and negotiated with the Immigration and Naturalization Service to revoke Chaplin's re-entry permit, exiling Chaplin so he could not return for his alleged political leanings.

"Chaplin decided not to re-enter the United States, writing: "Since the end of the last world war, I have been the object of lies and propaganda by powerful reactionary groups who, by their influence and by the aid of America's yellow press, have created an unhealthy atmosphere in which liberal-minded individuals can be singled out and persecuted. Under these conditions I find it virtually impossible to continue my motion-picture work, and I have therefore given up my residence in the United States."[1]

Chaplin Moves His Home to Switzerland

In 1952, Chaplin moved his residence to Vevey, Switzerland.

Chaplin returned to the United States in April 1972, with his wife, to receive an Honorary Oscar.

“The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.”

— Winston Churchill

North Vietnam Military Leader's Opinion Quote

Who was General VoNguyen Giap? Giap was a brilliant leader of the North Vietnam military - the military leader of the American enemy - when we were fighting Vietnam. From his personal memoirs, we can learn allot about ourselves as American citizens:


of the North Vietnam military. The following quote

..."is from his memoirs currently found in the Vietnam war memorial in Hanoi :
'What we still don't understand is why you Americans stopped the bombing of Hanoi . You had us on the ropes. If you had pressed us a little harder, just for another day or two, we were ready to surrender! It was the same at the battle of TET. You defeated us! We knew it, and we thought you knew it. But we were elated to notice your media was helping us. They were causing more disruption in America than we could in the battlefields. We were ready to surrender. You had won!'

General Giap has published his memoirs and confirmed what most Americans knew. The Vietnam war was not lost in Vietnam -- it was lost at home. The same slippery slope, sponsored by the US media, is currently underway. It exposes the enormous power of a Biased Media to cut out the heart and will of the American public.
A truism worthy of note: ... Do not fear the enemy,
for they can take only your life.

Fear the media,
for they will destroy your honor.

General VoNguyen Giap. General Giap was a brilliant, highly respected leader".

Media ROI

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colorful chart in blue and red with black background showing ROI for Social Media - The Power of the Media | Source

Social Media

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colorful chart showcasing The Power of Social Media in three pie charts and more | Source

The World

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Colorful View of the World - All Continents - East and West - A Global View | Source

"Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have. "

"All great change in America begins at the dinner table. "

Ronald Reagan

The New Media - The "Social Media"

The media that exists today is nothing like our parents media. The new media is to be embraced and promoted - around the globe. As we have seen, the new media can topple governments, the new media can mean freedom for its citizens. The new media can mean a better government.

What the New Media Should Not Become

The new media should not become a replacement for our active involvement in our local community. Serving on governmental boards, attending a public meeting, volunteering at the local library, hospital is a vital part of being a good citizen.

Men and women serve in our armed forces, we as citizens must actively purse freedom. We must teach our children the lessons of the the past - teach them that fear divides - knowledge unites. Diversity is good - understanding is the best form of friendship.

Reach out across the Internet - learn a little more about another country.

Be a global citizen - no matter what country you reside in. Support diversity and freedom for all - all colors - all races - all genders. Humanity is being tested - it is up to each of us to do our part.

Global Citizens - Local Residents First and Foremost

We are now all global citizens. We always were but the Internet has brought us much closer. However, we must cherish our most precious citizenship - where we reside. When traveling you reside and support the country you are visiting - you must be respectful of their culture and customs. When living abroad the same is true. When residing in your homeland, do as Winston Churchill advised to actively work to make his spot on the planet a better place. All of us should take Churchill's wisdom to heart. Be a statesmen, support your local government, support your state - write to your leaders now - show that you care. Your opinion does count.

“Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind”

— John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Public opinion in this country is everything.
Abraham Lincoln

There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion.
Winston Churchill

Kudos to the Networks to Support American Jobs

Jobs have returned and have been documented by the news reporting agency themselves. The story of buying American to return jobs to the US was aired by CBS. Their follow-up story showcased the impact that they had.

Our job as the American public is to listen and learn. The media has presented it and we have responded. We must keep this movement rolling. This is more than politics - this is our livelihood, the paychecks for our neighbors and ultimately may be the only way our grandchildren may be able to live and work in the USA.

Author's Note: These series of articles were started in 2010. CBS picked it up in 2011 and literally within days it had an impact upon sales and within months it resulted is real job expansion. America - click your heals the power is within US!

Power of Public Opinon

The power of public opinion has existed since the beginning of time. Sometimes public opinion has served the good of the overall nation - sometimes not. Only history will tell the end result because hindsight is our only full truth.

The power of the social media is making an impact upon the world. Full knowledge, full disclosure should allow for better decisions - both by our citizens and by our government.

In the olden days, the days of print, opinion was controlled. Winston Churchill summarized it very succinctly - "There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion." The Internet has forever changed this. A call for all nations to open it doors to the Internet and hear its people is needed. Yes, there remains countries where the Internet is not available or is available in a limited fashion - this limits freedom of thought and knowledge. Knowledge is power.

Like our founding fathers who signed the Declaration of Independence, we - each and every one of us must take a stand to share information open and honestly. We must remember history, we must know history, we must not repeat the bad history. Share your knowledge, learn from our past - we are all part of humanity with more similarities than differences.

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