How to read and interpret the media

wp-1479406203095.jpgThe media has two purposes. To tell the public what is going on in the wider world and to serve the agendas of rich people. Sadly, this means that we rarely get the full truth about serious issues. Do not get me wrong, not EVERY publication is like this, just a lot of them. Many journalists are passionate about getting the truth out and this article is not aimed at those individuals. Anyway, a person can read one headline or a few words and make a million assumptions about what it means. A lot of the time, the headline does not actually relate to the content of the article. This is a tactic the media uses to get you to read it and share it with others. If you think how many publications there are now, just in the UK, it is a very competitive market. The more readers a publication has the more they can charge for advertising. Big celebrity magazines and newspapers can get up to £1 million just for a single photo of someone prominent doing naughty things. Where is the humanity in this? There are countries starving yet someone will pay so much for a single photo…and that is the kind of backward society we have created for ourselves. Unfortunately, many of us are guilty of helping this along by not properly reading articles or validating sources before sharing them.

So…I thought I would put together a few points to show how you are being conditioned to believe things that are untrue. Remember, drones are easier to control than free thinking people so they will use ANYTHING to divide us and to make money. They will make up stories to stir up public conversation and this results in panic, racism, unfounded accusations, as well as making us all look stupid. A lot of the biggest issues in the world, between religions and nation states, have been ongoing for hundreds of years. Muslims and Christians used to carry out crusades on each other regularly. Ever heard of names such as Ottoman Empire, Spanish Armada, The Third Reich and so on? Nearly every world issue today stems from something in the past. Did you know the Spanish Empire destroyed the Aztec Empire by saying convert to Catholicism or die? (There was more to it than that but it was certainly a large aspect of it!). Remember that the next time a significant world event happens. The media will make out that one country or one leader is at fault and it simply isn’t true.

As someone on my Facebook said, Bush and Blair never found the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq did they? No they did not, but saying that they existed served their agenda at the time.

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Try adopt these 5 processes whenever you read something in the media. There is much more to look out for but this blog post would be pages and pages…and I want to engage you for a moment not bore you for a lifetime!

1. Check if the headline matches the content. The headline may indicate something like ‘Russia to bomb US’ , however, the content actually refers to Russia moving a warship to the Mediterranean. This is scaremongering. For all we know it is on a training mission, which is more probable. If the headline does not match the content, you can be quite certain they are exaggerating circumstances beyond what they really are to get your attention.

2. Check if the source of the information is stated, i.e a name. The media will often use works like ‘reportedly’, ‘our sources tell us’, ‘an insider says’. If a person is not named with their quote, they are pulling your leg. Believe it or not, some journalists make stories up when they cannot find a real one.

3. If the source is named, compare their commentary to the headline, the rest of the article wp-1479406196699.pngand the original source. Often what people say is taken out of context to suit other peoples agendas. For instance, Donald Trump once said ‘we should temporarily stop Muslim immigration from the middle east until we figure out how to screen out terrorists’. Considering the attacks around the world at the time , Mr Trump was being reasonable right? Even so, the media reported this as either ‘Trump hates Muslims’, or ‘Trump to kick Muslims out of America’. (Please note this is an example…I do not require anyone to message me about Trump or religion!) It is worth locating the original source to see exactly what was said, as words may have been edited together, or taken out, to make it sound shady. If a quote was recorded in pen by someone else, or translated from another language, it could have certainly been tampered with!

4. What is the context? So at the time the article was published, what was going on in the world? For instance, if there was a general election and somebody somewhere with lots of money did not want the front runner to win, they could pay newspapers and magazines, under the table of course, to write dirt about them. This is called propaganda. As the majority of people do not check the validity of articles, this scheme works very well. Many reputations have been tarnished by the media as we all know. It does not mean it is all true though.

5. What are you reading, who wrote it and why did they write it? Do not believe a meme because it sounds good. Do not believe me because you enjoy my writing. Do not have an opinion because your Mum and Dad read something somewhere. Writing is persuasive and influential so never take it at first glance. Think about what the agenda of the person writing is. Are they driven by money? Are they associated with an organisation? Do they have extreme views about religion and politics? You will be surprised how much you can find out just by asking these simple questions of a text.

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I hope this helps as a starting point if you are new to this kind of thing. A word of caution though…once you discover how many lies are hidden around this world you will want to keep on digging. Uncovering such information can cause you distress, so you have to bear in mind, one person cannot change the world and other people believe only what they want to…even if the truth is  staring them in the face. Once you know, you know.

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Author: Defined by Thrine

'The times they are a-changin' A passionate writer without an agenda History undergraduate Speak freely, listen intently #moreyinthanyang #healthydebates Enjoy...Defined by Thrine.

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