Thursday, January 15, 2009

Toothpaste for dinner

I've been thinking a lot about the fact that most of what we learn about media, or anything at all, comes from the Media itself. In class yesterday we talked again about Rupert Murdoch and the vast amounts of media outlets that he owns. The question came up, why does one need to own exactly that much? The first thing I came up with was power and control. Rupert Murdoch can use what he controls to make people think what he wants them to think about whatever he wants, and that's both pretty cool and pretty scary. Real post on this muuuuuuuuuch later (who knew school work takes up so much time?), but for now, look at the above cartoon from the awsomely cool website that kind of sums up what I was thinking of, and hopefully gives you something to think about too. If you can't read what the newspaper says, it says "Mass Media not Harmful: 'Read more newspapers', scientists said Monday". Very interesting newspaper headline, I think.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i feel that what is presented as mass media is directed towards the consumption of one thing or another. sometimes media is directed as a plot such as a aricle i read on msn saying that beer reduces cancer. certainly seems that it was writted by or for the beer companies as we should realize that the story showed the beer being used on a steak,red meat, which has been shown to increase chance of heart attack. thus yes it can be said that you won't get cancer if you die first of a heart attack.