How does the media affect people's lives?

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Flavia.lm 4060 1 10 94
Question: How does the media affect people's lives?

Answer:
We are in the information era. Most of people spend most of the day connected to Internet. Everybody is talking about the recent news that is broadcasted on TV. It is possible to receive instant news via cell phones, during all day long. In short, information is easily reachable even by the ones who are not interested in reaching it. For this reason, it is important to have discernment to filter the “incomplete” news and identify that it is likely to have some additional information that was - intentionally - "left out".

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Marcio_Farias 12560 1 23 212
A one liner here. It makes people greatly or inordinately dependent on every piece of news that the media dishes out.

Logan18 30
Today everything happens very quickly, the news are sent in real time, and most of the population is connected to some kind of device that allows even though virtually be integrated with the world. Besides that the media sometimes leave people a little lazy because they do not seek any other information than through television or the Internet. So They're losing the habit to read, and get information through newspapers and magazines for example.

RenanKenplers 70 2
Perhaps because it makes an individual think that s/he needs to follow a particular tendence.

A relative question, isn't it?

josneywat 315 6
I don't watch television. I get info from variable sources so that I will get a reliable turth. They want to brainwash the entire world population. The planet is doomed.

Jerry Dorien 1565 4 41
Hi friends,

The media is a powerful tool that spread the news in a incredible speed and it entertains us, instructs and influences. however, not all that it shows is benefical or educational, the media shows both sides good or bad, and it grabs our attention sometimes for several hours, and it estimulates ours emotions,imagine how a simple Picture can make us feel joy, sadness or anger and now imagine a child in stage of growth learning and repeating all of things by see and hear.

let's keep an eye out for what our children are learning!!!!
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isabelladevonne
Well, it envolves sereval facts, like the people's brain. People who has a weak knowledge of life, experience, can't face the fame, if talking about it. When people watch to.. movies, interviews, daily attitudes, accidents, murders on tv, prison, traffic, among others, they can try to do the same like them, and it happens even with the famous people. They have the weakest brain, because they don't know how to administrate their money, their fame, and their particularity at the same time.

ailime 80 1
There is no doubt that the media has been affecting our lives continuously. Depending on the media, it affects us positively or negatively. So, we have to be able to determine which media or news is reliable or not .

w.slayman 110
ailime escreveu:There is no doubt that the media has been affecting our lives continuously. Depending on the media, it affects us positively or negatively. So, we have to be able to determine which media or news is reliable or not .
Ailime,

The only suggestion this time and it is for clarity. "... The particular media outlet will determine whether the effect is positive or negative. ..."

Excellent grammar, and construction. :D

ailime 80 1
Bill,

I think that you`ve misunderstood me, this time. I meant, when the media is strongly biased and broadcasts a determined news in a malicious way, this may influence negativelly the mind of those who are watching the news, making them believe that the news is a fact, and sometimes it is not totally right.
I hope I could have clarified.

Regards,

w.slayman 110
OH OK, I am sorry, I guess I should have read your post a little more carefully. How is this

"... the bias of a particular media outlet will ...

You are doing great, in your grammar and construction, and most of your errors are very subtle, even for a native english speaker such as myself.

ailime 80 1
Bill,

Thank you very much for your reply.
You have always been motivating me.

Regards,

w.slayman 110
Hi Everyone,

This post expands on Ailime's post above, as it would apply to the media in the United States.

Here in the U.S. we have many media outlets, with the major television networks being: ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX.
Some of our largest cities have two or more daily newspapers while most larger cities have at least one, and almost all Americans have access to the enternet.

In an ideal world the media would only report the uncensored and unbiased news, letting the people decide on their own what the truth and and consequences are. Unfortunately many editors and producers allow their personal views to bias their judgement causing their subordinates and the outlets to reflect their views and to support their political agendas. This erroneous and misleading reporting makes it extremely difficult for the voting populace to educate themselves on important issues, which is a great disservice to the journalism profession, the people, and the country.

An excellent example of this problem, is the current news reports of an African-American lady who was fired from her government job, by the Secretary of Agriculture for alleged racist comments as shown on an edited TV video clip, this firing was publicly: demanded by the NAACP, and supported by President Obama. However when the entire tape is viewed it is obvious that the opposite is true, her statements were not racist, she is not racist and she did not deserve to be fired. Subsequently the Secretary of Agriculture and President Obama have had to publicly appologize, and she has been offered a new job. Only one of the four TV Networks has completely and accurately reported on this mini crisis, while the other three have denigrated the one.

To paraphrase the famous American author, Mark Twain, Believe only half of what you see and nothing of what you read.

NAACP = National Association for the Advancement of Colored People = Spoken as the "N, double A, CP"

Flavia.lm 4060 1 10 94
Very interesting, Bill.

It reminded me of a class I attended at the college, when the students were supposed to compare the same news in different tv programs, magazines and newspapers. I'm sure everyone who attended that class doesn't believe Veja, Folha de SP and Globo anymore.

Flavia.lm 4060 1 10 94
:idea: Is that right? (grammaticaly)
Flavia.lm escreveu:(...) I'm sure everyone who attended that class doesn't believe Veja, Folha de SP and Globo anymore.

*Bill*

Veja is a famous magazine, Folha de SP is a newspaper and Globo the most famous Brazilian tv channel. Is it right to say "I don't believe Globo", meaning I think their information is not trustworthy?

w.slayman 110
Flavia,

I had to leave in a hurry and left the computer on. :oops:

Yes, your post is grammatically correct and the construction excellent with the minor exception of "the" is not necessary before "college", however using the definate article "the" is not incorrect, just not prefered in this contex. I realize that this is getting to the point of splitting hairs, but your English is that good. :D

Flavia.lm 4060 1 10 94
thanks ;)

for the feedback and also for teaching me a new idiom - "getting to the point of splitting hairs"


@ the curious ones:
- Splitting hairs means going too much into detail, especially (if not only) in an argument.
- If people split hairs, they concentrate on tiny and unimportant details to find fault with something. (UsingEnglish)
- Split Hairs - to argue about small, unimportant differences
Origin: Shakespeare used this expression in the 1600s in one of his plays and "splitting hairs" has been widely used since. (WikiAnswers)

I guess "splitting hairs" = "being picky", right?

w.slayman 110
Flavia,

To split a hair is even more picky than picky. :lol: It is taking picky to the extreme, much like to nitpick (another idiom ;) ) I bet this is the first time you have had someone use an idiom to define an idiom. ;)

rguimaraesc 20
Well, this topic is a quite interesting to be discussed here.

In my opinion, people who can't afford others types of news source (like Internet, Magazines, etc) tend to be alienated by some media enterprises.

In Brazil, we have been suffering a lot with this because TV Globo, which has the greatest and the best equipments to reach at every brazilian citizen home, has modeled the poorest people's opinion, or maybe those who don't want to think a little bit when being in front of the TV drinking a beer and eating some pizza, laugh out loud (LOL).

And another funny thing... Sometimes it's very difficult to discuss something with them because if you show another point of view, which may be yours, they might think you're going mad. They might not have the background to assimilate different point of views and with this, model their own opinion.

Good question Flávia.

See you.

ailime 80 1
Rguimaraesc,

I do agree totally with you. Sometimes we feel like a fish out of water and we have to pretend that you are dead.
But, be sure, you are not alone!!

ailime 80 1
Bill,

By reading what you have posted about the bias of the media outlet, I have recalled about what happened here in São Paulo some years ago( 15 or more years ago). The owners of a kindergarten were accused of having committed sexual abuse against some children, and then, all the media behaved biasedly convicting them beforehand, without any care.
The consequence of these actions was disastrous, the school had to be immediately closed amid heated popular reaction. After some months, they were considered innocent, but the damage had already been caused, and unfortunately, it was irreparable.

w.slayman 110
ailime escreveu:Bill,

By reading what you have posted about the bias of the media outlet, I have recalled about what happened here in São Paulo some years ago( 15 or more years ago). The owners of a kindergarten were accused of having committed sexual abuse against some children, and then, all the media behaved biasedly convicting them beforehand, without any care.
The consequence of these actions was disastrous, the school had to be immediately closed amid heated popular reaction. After some months, they were considered innocent, but the damage had already been caused, and unfortunately, it was irreparable.
Ailime,

Overall your post is very good, however some tweaks in word selection and construction may improve and clarify it. Please see what you think about this rewrite.

"While reading what you have posted about the bias of the media outlets I recalled what happened here in Sao Paulo some 15 or more years ago. The owners of a kindergarten were accused of commiting sexual abuse on some children, then through biased reporting and without regard to actual guilt or innocence the media convicted the owners in the court of public opinion. The consequences of the calloused and biased reporting were disastrous as the school was immediately closed due to widespread public anger. Several months later the owners were found to be innocent of all charges, but irreparable damage had already been done to their reputations, social acceptability, and their ability to earn an honest living."

Of course if you do not understand why I made the changes or disagree please let me know.

ailime 80 1
Bill,

I could realize I`ve committed lots of mistakes, but lots of doubts came up too. So, please, I would appreciate if you could clarify for me.

The owners of a kindergarten were accused of having committed sexual abuse against some children, and then, all the media behaved biasedly convicting them beforehand, without any care.
.. the school had to be immediately closed amid heated popular reaction.

1) "committed sexual abuse against some children">>>Here you prefered "abuse on". Is against wrong?
2) "the media behaved biasedly ">>> I realized that there is no word "biasedly", so, I shoud have used other words such as "biased with" or "with partiality".
3)" convicting them beforehand" >>>beforehand seems to be a mistake. I should have used the verb "prejudge".
4) " heated popular reaction" >>> Is "heated" also a collocation mistake? Could you suggest another word, please?

Then, partially the phrase should be like: "the media behaved with bias prejudging them, without any care."

I hope I am not bothering you with so many questions..

w.slayman 110
ailime escreveu:Bill,

I could realize I`ve committed lots of mistakes, but lots of doubts came up too. So, please, I would appreciate if you could clarify for me.

The owners of a kindergarten were accused of having committed sexual abuse against some children, and then, all the media behaved biasedly convicting them beforehand, without any care.
.. the school had to be immediately closed amid heated popular reaction.

1) "committed sexual abuse against some children">>>Here you prefered "abuse on". Is against wrong?
2) "the media behaved biasedly ">>> I realized that there is no word "biasedly", so, I shoud have used other words such as "biased with" or "with partiality".
3)" convicting them beforehand" >>>beforehand seems to be a mistake. I should have used the verb "prejudge".
4) " heated popular reaction" >>> Is "heated" also a collocation mistake? Could you suggest another word, please?

Then, partially the phrase should be like: "the media behaved with bias prejudging them, without any care."

I hope I am not bothering you with so many questions..
Hi Ailime,

First, you are not a bother, if I did not want to help I would not be on the forum.

1. I should have used against as it the more accurately discriptive word, sorry that was my error. :oops:
2. The proper words would be biased, or partiality either would be correct depending on the contex and construction.
3. Where I used convicting them in the "court of public opinion" that is an idiom meaning to prejudge in public opinion.
4. I omitted that thought, but prefer the phrase "public outrage" as opposed to heated poplular reaction.

If you have any further questions PLAEASE ASK

ailime 80 1
Bill,

Thank you for your reply.

"To convict in the court of public opinion" and "public outrage" are really nice choices.
The first one is quite new for me, but new words are always welcome!!

Regards,

weidt
All the time, we receive informations but frequently we don't assimilate it. All this news and publicities have more influence in our lifes than we imagine. So our choices are determinated by the media even when we don't realize.
We must pay attention ever and conciously decide what is really important for us.

w.slayman 110
weidt escreveu:All the time, we receive informations but frequently we don't assimilate it. All this news and publicities have more influence in our lifes than we imagine. So our choices are determinated by the media even when we don't realize ___.
We must pay _____ attention ever and conciously decide what is really important for us.
Weidt,

Overall your post is very good, however I would like to suggest a few very minor changes: information singular, publicity singular, lives the plural of life, add "it" after realize, and use always instead of ever , placed in front of attention.

With the exception of the corrections your writing is very close to what a native English speaker might write.

ENG_rafael 10
Well, to be honest, the media affect our life negatively and positively.
Looking at an positive aspect: We are always networked with what is going on in different points of the world, it's making us less static to the new, to the difference, making us more wake up to the injustice.
Now, an negative aspect: The media is going to be as a BIG BROTHER, a personage of 1984 that's a novel of George Orwell.

Regards!

w.slayman 110
ENG_rafael escreveu:Well, to be honest, the media affect our life negatively and positively.
Looking at an positive aspect: We are always networked with what is going on in different points of the world, it's making us less static to the new, to the difference, making us more wake up to the injustice.
Now, an negative aspect: The media is going to be as a BIG BROTHER, a personage of 1984 that's a novel of George Orwell.

Regards!
Rafael,

I would like you to consider the following rewrite and determine why I made the changes, then let me know if you understand or if not what you needs help with.

Well, to be honest, the media affects our lives both negatively and positively. The advantages of the positive aspect are that we are networked throughout the world, allowing us to be more accepting to different ideas and cultures, and making us aware if injustices. On the other hand, the negative aspect is George Orwell's novel "1984", about the big brother syndrome is begining to look like a prophecy that is being fulfilled, albeit three decades late.

Please let me know whether or not you need an explination.

ENG_rafael 10
Bill,

I agree with your changes in my text, it flows better now.

I made mistakes like LIFES instead of LIVES. I enjoyed the using of THROUGHOUT instead of
IN DIFFERENT POINTS OF... one word can substitute one expression, that's amazing!

I have a doubt on the final of my text.
I wrote: "...a personage of 1984 that's a novel of George Orwell..."
You wrote: "...the negative aspect is George Orwell's novel "1984"..."

Is wrong write A NOVEL OF GEORGE ORWELL instead the form you wrote?

One question more, can you give me synonyms of the expression ON OTHER HAND? I don't find out them.

Thank you so much!

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