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How many of you believe that your government is not dictating what news you receive via TV and other media?
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Posted 2/4/13
To me, it feels like TV nowadays is dictated by pre-pubescent and teenage girls.

Anyway, my serious answer is that in the present times, government has a some control and influence over the media, but not everything. Like during 9/11, the US government pretty much perpetuated the stereotype that "all Muslims are terrorists" through the media and through other means such as doing increasing security checks on people who are non-White.

But as for news like, "Michelle Obama got a new haircut" or "Kim Kardashian's dog has died" oh boohoohoo celebrities' first world problems are so significant in life, I have no idea who influenced that sort of news in this day and age, probably some brain dead person that they hired as their editor.

Posted 2/4/13
what the media broadcasts is nothing but a megaphone for a specific viewpoint which largely goes against what the public are thinking. most of their sources and guests on the news are all ex military personnel, work for a corporation that has financial ties to the policy or subject they are advocating or are an active participator in it. Dissidents are ridiculed and thrown off early and are rarely invited to speak, during the Iraq invasion they rounded up people who were pro war and agreed to stick to the memo on the show, theirs no diversity in coverage it's all full of censorship and propaganda used to sway public opinion at their will. freedom of the press is easiest to understand when taking a look at all the times the U.S has attempted to overthrow a government abroad or invaded a country, in Vietnam, Iraq and the Gulf war they went as far as detaining journalists who were trying to report on the front lines, they embedded journalists in to military units who quickly became extensions to the army, seeing as you can't have the freedom to report what's happening in a war from the turret of a tank being fired at anybody in sight. When Journalists become targets for censorship you have a problem.... Independent Journalists are few and far between and are usually banned from airing in certain states. But it all depends what type of person you are and if you care about airing the truth regardless of criticism and harassment, you have to put your neck on the line to report freely today... a diversity of voices for the people is so important.If you're working for a news corporation like NBS or FOX you have no chance for freedom of the press.
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Whats TV ?


all so loot shit on TV i have not watch TV in like 6 years
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Posted 2/5/13
"If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed."
-Adolf Hitler
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Posted 2/5/13

tehstud wrote:

"If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed."
-Adolf Hitler


Keep on telling it, even after it's already believed, and someone eventually builds a religion around it. . .
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Posted 2/5/13 , edited 2/5/13

moonhawk81 wrote:


tehstud wrote:

"If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed."
-Adolf Hitler


Keep on telling it, even after it's already believed, and someone eventually builds a religion around it. . .


This made me lol.
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Posted 2/5/13
I live in Canada. I don't think the Conservatives (or any provincial governments) ( based upon the law) actually dictate what the CBC gets to broadcast (except for political party ads). That being said, I think the CBC has its own bias, which doesn't necessarily support economic news that is necessarily accurate. After all, they are still reliant on advertising dollars from parties that have their own interest in deceiving the public, like real estate agents.
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tarel wrote:

If I had a country I'd fill it with sheep.


We've already got New Zealand.
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Posted 2/7/13 , edited 2/8/13

theYchromosome wrote:


Spazticus wrote:


moonhawk81 wrote:

When I read the question, I just assumed that Vega had penned it. . .


If he had, it probably would have been posed as an affirmative statement, rather than a question.


Those were my first two thoughts in order when I saw this thread.


you forgot a youtube address as well.
You can scroll to the bottom of the webpage click on the map where you will be moved to a series of pages which will inform how their list of countries ratings were concluded to, as well as you can run proofs on the formulas they used for computations.
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Posted 2/7/13

tarel wrote:

If I had a country I'd fill it with sheep.


"What luck for rulers that men do not think" - Adolf Hitler
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Posted 2/8/13
While it isn't perfect, I still prefer the American system and support the First Amendment. Contrast that with Vietnam which recently arrested some internet bloggers for publishing anti-government articles. All the American people need to make informed decisions is available if they are willing to look. But most get their news from only one source and wrongly consider themselves fully informed. What’s worse is that with incompetence comes the illusion of superiority. Stupid people are too stupid to know how stupid they are.
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Posted 2/18/13

trinkit wrote:

While it isn't perfect, I still prefer the American system and support the First Amendment. Contrast that with Vietnam which recently arrested some internet bloggers for publishing anti-government articles. All the American people need to make informed decisions is available if they are willing to look. But most get their news from only one source and wrongly consider themselves fully informed. What’s worse is that with incompetence comes the illusion of superiority. Stupid people are too stupid to know how stupid they are.


I agree with your last statements on stupidity, I'm completely with you. I am constantly flabbergasted by the arrogance, idiocy, and complacency displayed by the U.S. public (and that includes myself at times). But as to Americans being able to find available information, that isn't always true. I follow in excess of 20 newspapers (national and International) and there are a myriad of important issues that are not disclosed to the American public. Some are possible roads to war, others are just socioeconomic issues. Two perfect examples were international pieces I viewed this past week 1) was footage filmed by Syrian nationals essentially victims of the Assad regime, it was sanguinary too say the least. Showing snipers shooting men, women, and children only feet away from the civilian camera man (small conventional cameras). Another civilian recording from his home again recording snipers shooting civilians without discretion he also recorded the sniper turning and firing on him and narrowly missing. Civilian footage is punishable by death. The worst were the bombings by copters/missiles and seeing the damage perpetrated by these attacks. Buildings being bombed and watching locals attempting to dig bodies out with their hands, many times only pulling out bodies. The worst was a father in the dark of his destroyed home caressing the body of his maybe six year old daughter crushed to death by a bombing and his swearing to join the Syrian free army and fight until his country is free of Assad. Now mind you I am not an emotional person, but I could not help but be moved by this father's compassion for his daughter's body. Other countries are showing this information, the U.S. is not. 2) was during North Korea's most recent nuclear test, actually the afternoon following. The footage showed a middle age man (civilian) jumping up and down like his team had just won the super bowl. And his comment was yes, yes, now we'll be able to take on all the millions against us and I apologize for my quote, it isn't verbatim but the message is close enough. This piece relayed to me the level of fear being placed into the North Korean populace's minds, and again the U.S. population is not made aware of this information. And these are but two very brief items. So yes we Americans are stupid but a great deal of the information is purposely obscured. But on a positive note our country does fall into the first 3rd of the countries addressed. You can at least get information on bills being voted upon by congress if you have both the time and can find who's holding the bill as well as can decipher the legalese the bills are written in.
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Posted 2/18/13
I dont care what the goverment dictates as long as i have my anime, my blades, and my solitude.
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Posted 2/19/13

Boganis wrote:


. . . So yes we Americans are stupid but a great deal of the information is purposely obscured. But on a positive note our country does fall into the first 3rd of the countries addressed. You can at least get information on bills being voted upon by congress if you have both the time and can find who's holding the bill as well as can decipher the legalese the bills are written in.


I agree with your posting 100% and especially with this last bit. It is a consequence of America being run by lawyers. Bills which are 2,700 pages long and undecipherable are nothing more than 'Trojan Horses' for special interest groups and contributors. If politicians cannot fit their intentions into a legible 100 page bill then the bill is no good.

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Posted 2/20/13
Tyrants have always tried to control the media. There is a universal truth in politics: if the farmers stop farming, the politicians starve. Public support is necessary for any government's actions, so governments often attempt to control public opinion with the media.

The freedom of the press is supposed to prevent such corruption from occurring.

In the US, I do NOT believe that the government controls the media. On the contrary, the media has become so greedy that they'll broadcast any crap that makes them cash. Informing the public and preventing governmental corruption is no longer a concern for the mass media. The media does however sway the minds of many people and whoever can afford the airtime or advertising will have the most sway in public opinion. As such it is not the government that controls the media, but often it is the other way around. Just as often, mindless drivel acts as a distraction from real events. So while I do not think there is any official governmental control of the media in the US, the end results are as bad as if there were.
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