What do the attacks on Mel Gibson say about the media and ourselves?

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  1. Genna East profile image89
    Genna Eastposted 7 years ago

    What do the attacks on Mel Gibson say about the media and ourselves?

  2. belko002 profile image60
    belko002posted 7 years ago

    Media - That the media is no longer (this isn't a new thing) a source of important information but rather what people find interesting.

    People- That we can blame the media all day for creating poor content, but as soon as we follow it, watch it, and yes...even talk about it to a certain extent...then we're as bad as them.

  3. Tusitala Tom profile image65
    Tusitala Tomposted 7 years ago

    Belko002 has hit the nail on the head.   Apart from one or two the the more prestigious and recognized leading newspapers of the world, most thrive simply on arousing outrage.   They play to our emotions with headlines such as "Bastards!"   This, to grab our attention so we'll grab a paper.

    The popular magazines are just the same.  Some of the women's magazines are a bit less blatant in their attempts to arouse our negative emotions, the the message is plain.  "We in the editorial section are better than these twerps."

    Even the television shows which immediately follow a lot of news broadcasts are the same.   They tend to revamp or recirculate the same dozen or so stories of outrage: people who trash houses, people who fight with their neigbours, businessmen who rip people off, et cetera.   Still, so long as you're aware of it, its affects on your own emotional health will be minimized.    Problem is, most people AREN"T aware of  they're being manipulated.

  4. Rob Hanlon profile image60
    Rob Hanlonposted 7 years ago

    What do the attacks on Mel Gibson say about the media and ourselves?

    Regardless of whether it's Mel Gibson or anyone else, the Media publish what they like, sensationalise it to look like the crime of the millenium - gets everybody talking about it for a few days or weeks - then it is forgotten about.

    I reckon what it says about ourselves is that we are fickle.

    Taking Mel Gibson as an example, I have enjoyed most, if not all of his movies, thinking he is some sort of great human being, then he does something (I don't even know the full story of what he did as it doesn't concern me directly, I just enjoy his films) that shows him in a bad light (for whatever reason) ... and everybody wants to crucify the guy after years of throwing adulation on him ?

    Yep, we are fickle.

  5. Genna East profile image89
    Genna Eastposted 7 years ago

    Tom;

    I couldn't agree more, and that is exactly what my article talks about.  Let me know what you think.

    Thanks,

    Genna East

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