Media manipulates us, primarily to get us to click on their articles, to create buzz, and to help make particular topics trend higher in the algorithms, which translates to advertizing dollars and income for them.
WHO PAYS FOR the ads? Who is behind the scenes promoting certain stories and in turn their viewpoints?
Follow the money I like to say!
The people behind the curtain, paying for the advertising or who pull the strings often sit in elected positions, who personally profit from public opinion being manipulated!
The manipulation can appear to be subtle, or it can be very clear and overt, depending on which site you visit!
Editorialization is an art practiced often in media.
Why stick to regular facts, when exaggeration or outright lies are so much more interesting to read?! Our media outlets have come to resemble the tabloids because people love to read salacious stories!
A more subtle form of manipulation occurs when the deliberate use of adjectives and adverbs are chosen to heighten a writer’s personal views, giving the news a slanted feel. Since this closely resembles how many gossipy people think and talk, this can be more difficult to spot.
For people who speak in more hot-headed ways, news media sources that also speak in the same way will appear to echo their thoughts, so being able to discern the lies is much more difficult for them because they’re caught up in the emotionality of it all.
What we reap is what we’ve sown!
We live in a society that prizes lies and exaggeration, all to put up a false front! Facebook, Instagram, TicToc, and other social media sites have enabled this by rewarding people monetarily who have the most followers, which only further reinforces this behavior! Who DOESN’T want to be rich and famous?
We’re all to blame for this, to one extent or another!
Tell me you’ve NEVER clicked on a juicy headline, NEVER liked a post that was even a little slanted, or NEVER shared anything which wasn’t appropriate, and you’d be in the MINORITY!!
MOST people have at one time or another clicked on a juicy headline! I have! I try not to for the most part, but I still do it, sometimes in spite of myself!
All of this online activity adds up to helping promote more lies, more manipulation, more exaggeration!
Every time we click on an article, every time we like or comment, we are helping make the topic trend even more! The algorithms are very obliging and will suggest more similar content for us, eventually leaving us surrounded only by those voices!
How do we stop this?
We stop this insanity by NOT clicking, by NOT sharing, by NOT commenting!
It’s difficult, I know! If you want to help change this, you can do your part by NOT DOING these things!
There are some media sites that always seem to offer at least slanted information, some are outright inflammatory.
As tantalizing as it may be to see what the latest gossip is, if you wish to take away their power to continue to manipulate, stay away from their sites!
If you struggle with that, are you perhaps a little addicted to the trash they put out?! Just asking!
Becoming aware of how much we’re all manipulated is the first step to becoming able to step away from it, purposefully!
This is something we can do for our mental health, as well as helping to make the world a tiny little bit better, for not contributing to the mania is helping to reduce it!!
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