Terrorism and Media go hand in hand like perfect couples, soul mates. America has allowed the media invade our homes, and dilute our moral obligation to each other. The abused tactics of fear and shock, the media has formed our opinions about politics, race, age, and entertainment. Terrorism would not exist if there wasn’t an outlet to transmit the message across the world. And all for what, ratings? Power? Money? Media coverage attempts to influence audiences to believe the hype. The media is powerful in American culture. The media is on billboards, television, magazines and movies creating a lasting impression.
What is terrorism? Terrorism is defined as the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes. Political purposes? You mean to tell me terrorism is not about Muslim Nations trying to kill us poor, sweet Americans. Why do we believe terrorism is such behavior? We have been lead to believe the world is working against America, when America works against America. Media sees terrorist activities as high-profile ratings booster events, especially when they are under such crucial deadlines and competitive nature. For example, notice how we are portrayed a story by the media, but the facts may not catch up until the situation is basically over. The media moves rapidly to report on speculation and allegation. We have to monitor the media, watch individuals you can trust, follow their record on reporting the news.
Media obscures our opinion on each other, especially in entertainment. Jersey Shore, Real Housewives of Atlanta, and Honey Boo Boo Child. We tend to think that one particular group acts this way. Unfortunately, people tend to believe what they see in the media. Media does not portray a true representation of ethnic groups, especially when they have no form of reference. Media only wants what entertains and scares. The Cosby Show was an enlightenment all over the U.S. Can two black parents be a doctor and lawyer? YES! Even black people were shocked this can really happen. These impressions have left a negative overtone on cultures, or individuals. Sadly to say African-Americans are on the top of this list. Women are portrayed to be promiscuous, and lazy. Black men are seen as drug pushers and dead beat Dads. Yeah, there are some accuracy with negative images, but the same image can be portrayed in every community. We can’t let the media dictate which Americans are targets to gained a rating.
Do you believe the media is the real terrorist? How does the media affect you personally? How does the media help or hurt your community? Let ‘The Block’ know!
‘Believe half of what you see, and none of what you heard.’