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    Do we control the media or does it control us?

    by 'we' i mean the general public
    what do you think?
    or is it a balance of control?
    are we the media?is the notion of the media cotained within us? or are we contained within it?
    are there types of media that are more controling than others?
    what do you think of propaganda?
    does the media speak the truth?
    if we dont control it what does ? and where could this lead? what are the possible consquences?

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    My opinion is that people in general especially the youth are very easily brainwashed by the media. The media doesnt care about the results of its actions, the media cares about money. Thus it is necessary to impose strict control on the media to make sure that the media does not publish thhings that will affect people negatively.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaximumDefiance
    by 'we' i mean the general public
    what do you think?
    or is it a balance of control?
    are we the media?is the notion of the media cotained within us? or are we contained within it?
    are there types of media that are more controling than others?
    what do you think of propaganda?
    does the media speak the truth?
    if we dont control it what does ? and where could this lead? what are the possible consquences?
    Neither, the media is companies trying to make a dollar, by providing programing specific to their audience. (i.e. liberal news for liberal viewers, and the reverse) BTW, everything, good or bad, except math, is likely propaganda of some sort.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roshan
    Thus it is necessary to impose strict control on the media to make sure that the media does not publish thhings that will affect people negatively.
    Yikes! Not in my country!
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    He may even miscalculate and slide these weapons off to terrorist groups to invite them to be a surrogate to use them against the United States. Itís the miscalculation that poses the greatest threat-John Kerry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Confed999
    Yikes! Not in my country!
    Each individual country should decide what is and isnt ok for the media to say/show/print etc, or if they want to et the media run wild then they can do that too, but they should realize that they are basically sacrificing their people to the vultures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roshan
    they are basically sacrificing their people to the vultures.
    Or they're providing another level of "checks and balances" to the government, corporations and etc..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Confed999
    Or they're providing another level of "checks and balances" to the government, corporations and etc..
    I have no problem with allowing the media to report on governments, corporations etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roshan
    I have no problem with allowing the media to report on governments, corporations etc.
    What would you stop them from showing? What news isn't acceptable? I guess I don't understand what you're saying. :(
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    Quote Originally Posted by Confed999
    What would you stop them from showing? What news isn't acceptable? I guess I don't understand what you're saying. :(
    Ex. pornography, paedophilia, rape, snuff, promoting racial discrimination etc.

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    Ex. pornography, paedophilia, rape, snuff, promoting racial discrimination etc.
    There are cultural taboos on all that stuff, but I don't think its illegal (unless of course the broadcasters are commiting rape and the pornography involves children or un-consenting adults) in the US. It is here in Canada though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roshan
    Ex. pornography, paedophilia, rape, snuff, promoting racial discrimination etc.
    I thought we were talking about the news media, sorry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZFBoxcar
    There are cultural taboos on all that stuff, but I don't think its illegal (unless of course the broadcasters are commiting rape and the pornography involves children or un-consenting adults) in the US. It is here in Canada though.
    Im of the opinion that if it isnt illegal then it should be. In fact, if it was up to me, Id censor anything that is anti family values.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Confed999
    I thought we were talking about the news media, sorry.
    No problem.

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    what about mass media sources other than that of the news ie film and entertainment? advertisments are definitly an atempt to control what we buy and what our ideaologies should be what we should shrive to be, in order to be the 'best' or even the 'norm'

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