Daily Archives: September 2, 2015

‘Discuss the claim that the media does not just report events, they make events’ by Shanzay Awan

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The main duty of media is to convey righteous news to the people who are eager to listen to the truth so that they can have correct opinions. Escaping the media and their influence is impossible.

Sometimes there is no immense deal but media makes it like the biggest deal ever. For example when Ebola crisis started in Africa, all countries started to worry that it might also start spreading in their homeland. But nobody really cared about the epicenter of this deadly disease, Africa due to which more than 10,000 people died.

We use mass media mainly to entertain, communicate and persuade these three factors are the motives that help influence society. Whatever the media will claim people will reckon it as truth.

Nowadays, people do not use their own mind and believe in each and everything that the media states. Young people make up opinions about certain things just by what media says about it and do not think on their own. When youth should be engaged in learning how to think for themselves, how can media telling them how and what to think to be a good thing?

Media presents petty issues as the most important matter even though many underrated issues are not being reported. What they believe will get more ratings is a bigger deal for them. In July, Israel started bombing Palestine but no one reported it and chose the news about Fifa world cup over it as they knew it would get more ratings and views.

“The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make innocent guilty and guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses,” said Malcolm X.

“The one who control media, control minds,” stated Jim Morrison.

People now have many wrong opinions because media does not report, it makes up stories which people believe in.

‘Media does not just report events, they make events’ by Fatima Malik

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Media, I believe, is the home sweet home of lies. A place where exaggeration and making up events leads to high ratings. Little do they know how much lies can affect a layman’s life. However, they have the world in their hands and they can control what people think.

It is indeed a fact stated by a rebel ex-worker of a news channel that when a sow’s ratings are going down, the owner calls in and tells the anchor to do anything to raise the ratings. Thus, the lies are formed and people are made to believe in exaggerated information. The rebel ex-worker, Hanna Marin said, “When I tried to stop the lies, they threatened me. I still tried to show people the truth and ended up losing my job.”

Can we really let the media blind us with lies? However, we do not have many options. The media is very helpful in spreading awareness of what happens around us but thus exaggeration turns people against them.

Can we really not survive without the media? I believe we can, just like our ancestors did. They lived happy lives without the media. The newspaper played a huge part in their lives and I believe that if we make them a part of our lives too, we can also escape the unnecessary drama.

Are we actually letting the media depress us? With the declining situation of our country and the exaggerated lies, the situation only gets worse. Seeing the over exaggerated heart breaking news just depresses our hearts to a level where our hearts start to ache.

Seventy-five percent of our country’s population has television screens that they  are glued to. With  half of the channels, it is impossible to not view them. Even a glimpse of over exaggerated news is heart breaking.

Is the media really that hungry for money? That they let their country’s people live in a world of lies? They should stop and think about other too. The world would like to know the truth of what is going on around them, a truth that is not exaggerated. After all it is our right to know the truth.

However, they continue to keep us in the dark. I believe we should stand up against the reporters and news channels that exaggerate too much. Twenty percent of what they state is only true. We deserve to know the rest of the eighty percent too. Therefore, stand up for what is right!

‘Discuss the claim that the media does not just REPORT events, they MAKE events’ by Rafia Sajjad

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Today, the media is very important and vital for or everyday lives. Without this source, we would seem improbable. There are different categories through which we are provided with news, for instance; print media (newspapers, articles), electronic media (television, radio) and the internet. The media influences and affects the human brains, especially youngsters’. Even though the media has an essential obligation –to inform people about the situation of the world- have you ever thought about the lies within the delivered news?

To begin with, the media makes every piece of account seem significant even if it is not. How? Well, supporters of this statement believe that they pick up intriguing stories, do research and, thus, create one of their own. Fabricating reports may be disclosed resulting in conflicts. Malcolm X said, “The media is the most powerful entity on the Earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and the guilty innocent, and that is power because they control the minds of the masses.”

Furthermore, as we can see in talk shows and other news channels, there is a lot of competition between them. They try to notify people in such an angle that it seems dramatic and convincing. Moreover, some individuals say that before there were only four to five news channels but as the numbers grew, every channel started having the urge to deliver the facts faster than the rest. So why is there so much competition? Research tells us that it is probably because of the increase in profit.

Thirdly, only the main points are highlighted, leaving out the rest. Because of this, people tend to forget about the minor details. All the breaking news has an intrusive impact on the viewer and they downheartedly have to accept and digest devastating news.

On the other hand, the real question opposers ask themselves is “How do they convince people to believe whatever they say  is true?” individuals believe it is because of the news being reported over and over again or the way reporters overemphasize and twist the announcement to make it sound more unambiguous. Some also suppose it is due to the fact that there are multiple news channels that transmit the same news twenty four hours a day.

In addition, Scarlett Pimpernel stated, “Local news are objective. However, they would be considered small time and amateurish by the national media.” In order to be recognized by the national media, they have to be more biased and need to exaggerate more and more.

Last but not the least, although they come up with stories and varying judgments, they do inform us about the actual events occurring. One study shows that it is impossible to ‘create an event’ but coming up with anecdotes is possible. Announcers also manipulate news but false events are rare. For example; there were once rumors about Rowan Atkinson’s death and everybody regarded it to be true until evidence was provided.

All things considered, the media is the means to interact with people through miscellaneous ways but they portray all the information in a particular approach to make it more persuasive. About eighty percent of the population agrees that the media is CORRUPT! Therefore, I conclude that the media alters accounts. They do create stories. They do overestimate the reports.

‘Why Are People Boring?’ by Aleena Khan

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4f32a4fdf824639691f32c0cd99fd99eA little not so known fact is that the average American works forty hours a week, meaning you waste ten years and three months of your unrelieved life listening to your pompous boss go on and on about how you are not good enough. Yet despite this insulting ordeal, you continue the same monotonous routine every day. Why not read a book? Learn a language? Do something with your tedious life! But you will not, because humans are the world’s best procrastinators. Now, you procrastinate for two reasons, you are either afraid or uncertain, or you are an over-confident perfectionist. So, you are either timid or too naïve to admit you are pretentious. Now, the ones who are haunted by the fact that they are wasting their life are aiming for the two most meaningless things in human history: fame and fortune. You want fame because you want to be known; you want to be remembered, Fortune because, well, who would not want to own a yacht? Why do people think money is happiness? We lead our lives by the mandate rules set for us, never peeking out of our shells. Never questioning. Why? Because we are boring.