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Main Stream Media

Dear Chris- 

    I've just had a complete epiphany of why Main Stream Media neglects in their efforts to inform us of crucial information and events that require our utmost attention and direction.  Now, Maslow's Heirarchy of Needs states that we cover most basic of needs first and we have, as a civilization, in this industrial world, for past 150 years. We have ensured our safety, food, water, shelter, and so forth.  We've evolved in luxury thenceforth. 

    What if MSM also evolves the same way?  They don't want to let go of the luxury of informing us of the usesless (entertainment, political drama, etc.) because they no longer feel the need to inform about basic, important issues.  Because they are so used to the luxury of top tier heirarchy life and info.  Over the last several decades when we did not have to worry about both growth and prosperity, neither did the media as well.  They are merely informing us on tier progress of Maslows laws, Chris!  I totally get it now!  I was so confused as to why MSM would neglect informing us of crusial issues...but now I see that they are also a  victom of Maslows heirarhy of needs and also the fact that for decades they have had the luctury of not worrying about serious issues.  Chris, to conclude...What if MSM is also a complex entity used to telling us the upmost heirarchy of priveliges when we are in a world of decomplexity. '''''''But they cant accept that yet and have tho contue as busuness as usuall.  Chris, bottom line, MSM also a victom of heirarchy of needs information where they are so used to informing us on unimportant information because they have had the luxury of doing so for decades.  That time is over but they cant let it go.

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Welcome to the forums Tamw.  Another issue is ratings.  People like hearing about trivial stuff so they don't have to worry about serious things.

Travlin 

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Ted Coppel

I had the pleasure of hearing Ted Coppel speak for the second time at an investment conference a few weeks ago.  He does a great job of explaining what's wrong with the media today and how dangerous it is.  Not sure if a version of his speach is available on YouTube or not.

Basically it started going down hill in 1968 when 60 Minutes did something that no other news program had ever done before.. It turned a profit.

Before 60 Minutes, all news programs were cost centers at the major networks which were required to tell us the things that we needed to know.  Once they started chasing profits they started telling us what we wanted to know (which is quite different).

At this particular event he also talked about Google, and how the search engine now taylors it's listings to the person searching.  A liberal person typing in the word "Iran" would come up with completely different listings than a conservative typing in the same search term.  He warned that this trend is dangerous as it will cause those seeking information to only see a reflection of themselves rather than information that challenges thier beleifs. 

I try to keep this in mind when I search through sites like Zerohedge and others.  I want information to shape my opinions - not information to validate my beleifs.

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Filter bubbles

macro2682 wrote:

At this particular event he also talked about Google, and how the search engine now taylors it's listings to the person searching.  A liberal person typing in the word "Iran" would come up with completely different listings than a conservative typing in the same search term.  He warned that this trend is dangerous as it will cause those seeking information to only see a reflection of themselves rather than information that challenges their beliefs.

There is an interesting Ted talk about this problem:

Eli Pariser: Beware online "filter bubbles"  (Not sure how to embed videos any more)

At least with Google, you can turn off personal filtering (from comments section of the video)

Search Settings

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bosh

Regarding the news, I believe Ted Coppel about as much as I believe his buddy, Henry Kissinger.  The information he provided is a red herring.  The situation is deeper, more dire, and more complex than what he would have his listeners believe.

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O broTHer, BIG BroTheR

I loathe automated functions.  Why are titles for comments being capitalized when they are not submitted that way?

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The Media

rhare wrote:

macro2682 wrote:

At this particular event he also talked about Google, and how the search engine now taylors it's listings to the person searching.  A liberal person typing in the word "Iran" would come up with completely different listings than a conservative typing in the same search term.  He warned that this trend is dangerous as it will cause those seeking information to only see a reflection of themselves rather than information that challenges their beliefs.

There is an interesting Ted talk about this problem:

Eli Pariser: Beware online "filter bubbles"  (Not sure how to embed videos any more)

At least with Google, you can turn off personal filtering (from comments section of the video)

Search Settings

That's a really good summary.  And I agree that it's a scary trend.  

The other issue that was was explained when I saw Ted Koppel speak in 2009 was related to context.  While covering the events in Vietnam, Koppel knew that his VHS tapes would not be broadcast for about a week.  As a result, his clips needed to offer context and insight in order to remain relevant.

Today, news is aired instantly, with no need for context or analysis. 

I think the failure of news media is one of the major crises that we face.  I think a lot of the "deer in headlights" behaviour that we're seeing today is being caused by the lack of context being offered by the 24 hour news racket.  It's that soothing white noise in a casino that has America in a trance.

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Koppel...

With a "K."

I've made a number of posts on this site over the past 3 years, and I really need to apologize for my awfull spelling.

Chris... for Pete's sake, please add a spell checker to these forms!  That way people won't think I'm a 5th grader.

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GNP contraction of 30%

The MSM is scared of pissing off advertisers.  Simple as that.  Advertisers can go to many stations and other ad outlets.  So the preliferation of ad outlets and the ongoing general stupidity of man have come to this point quite naturally.   The only fix is a GNP contraction of 30%.

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