Media bias has always been an issue, but the issue is ballooning into a big obstacle in the flow of communication between the government and the people. Social media is a big (and new) thing in our lives and helps out media bias. The titles of news articles are so favorable to the party they are directed towards to, and the simple tap of the follow button sends it to dozens, hundreds, of even thousands of followers. This creates a confusing web of questions like, “Is this a biased article?” “Can I trust this?” “Which media outlets are nonpartisan?” “Can this change the course of our government?” “How do you avoid media that actively always you to a party?”
3 days ago
I came across this chart while searching up media neutrality: It got me thinking--is there even such a thing as unbiased media? To that, I say no. Every human being grows up in a different set of circumstances and is exposed to unique stimuli that contribute to the development of a person's personality and beliefs. Over time, those solidify as one constantly uses them as a framework through which one interprets the environment around them. Thus, no matter how hard people try to be neutral when disseminating information, there will always be a slight bias towards one region of the political plane (I prefer not to use the spectrum notion since it generalizes too many political traits) because of the built-up habit of using one's belief system and personality to analyze the world. Is this bad? Absolutely not. In fact, I think that this is great for democracy! With the notion of media neutrality gone, news agencies are free to express their own opinions about the world around them. Furthermore, the power of interpreting the media no longer is in the hands of the media themselves; rather, the democratization of media will allow the people the chance to interpret both sides of the news, for once, and will grow the public's ability to think for themselves. Thus the common people will be liberated from the vices of a monotonous press.