The media are a huge and relatively modern driving force. As a society i feel we underwhelm the facts behind the media and exactly how powerful an entity it is when it comes to pushing opinions and values of all individuals. We may think we have our own “views” on certain topics that come from a free mind, yet you’ll be surprised just how influenced your opinions are thanks to both news and social media outlets.
For example it has recently been revealed and admitted by the Pentagon in the United States and the British Government that they manipulate the Internet – including social media – in order to promote false propaganda and to stifle dissenting information. Unveiled in 2011, the SMISC [Social Media in Strategic Communication] program was regarded as a bid by the US military to become better at both detecting and conducting propaganda campaigns on social media.
This shows that the media is an entity that doesn’t only manipulate, but it could also be manipulated by powers at hand. The media is capable of displaying what it chooses to reveal and concealing what it decides to remain hidden or obscure. Despite two stories being absolutely newsworthy we find that the media will “stick” with a certain story by keeping it in the spotlight whilst allowing the other story to be buried in the dust. Would you like an example?
Were you aware that last week (8th of September 2014) there was a Terrorist attack in the capital city of Chile (Santiago)? A bomb blasted outside a busy metro station and cafe injuring up to 20 people. Not only that. Did you know that for the last year, the capital of Chile has had 30 successful and unsuccessful bombs go off within the city? Just think about that for a moment. There have been 30 bombs that have (and have not) gone off throughout a world capital city within the last year. Were you aware of that? Why not.? Well i can explain to you why not.
The terrorists responsible for the Chile attacks were Anarchists and the fact is that Anarchists or “Rebels” do not sell newspapers. Anarchists do not cause fear and hysteria to a mass scale. Anarchists are just not interesting enough and Anarchists are hard for us to generalize. Where has all the media focus been on lately? Ah of course the huge threat of militant group ISIS and their atrocities committed in the Middle East. Their image is plastered so often that they almost become a memorable image. Their balaclava clad faces with their weaponry and black flags of doom.
Then suddenly their actions affect our society. The terror alert level suddenly turns HIGH here in Australia, then come talks of banning mosques, banning burqas and newspaper articles calling Muslims areas extremist “hotbeds” and “ghettos”. and voices have never been louder in advocating mass deportation. Then of course the government introduces new Anti Terror laws that boast a person can be guilty until proven innocent– the complete opposite of a worldwide funamental right. Our society then slowly builds an irrational fear of the enemy , yet as for this enemy the media again, only shows what it intends to, whilst keeping other information in the dark. Let me give you another piece of information you probably didn’t know.
Were you aware that ISIS beheaded at least 2 innocent Lebanese Muslim men the same week that it killed American Journalists Stephen Sotloff and James Foley? That is right- ISIS kills Muslims regardless of them being Sunni or Shiia.Yet there is a reason the media doesn’t rub in our faces the shameful killing of the 20 year old Lebanese national Abbas Medlej. The media is trying to portray ISIS as some Anti Western ideal, when indeed they don’t strictly hate the west, they hate everybody that disagrees with them- both Muslim and non Muslim.
Then comes the responses by the supposed rational and logical members of the public. People who i admire as friends shock me with their blind sighted response to what they see in the media. The insane irony is that these friends of mine are fighting extremists by themselves advocating extremist groups like the “English Defense League” or the “British Nationalist Party”. Groups that are responsible for violent protests, open harassment of Muslims, blatant and open racism, arson crimes on property like Mosques and people that have openly called for the abuse and violence of certain groups of people.
All i ask for you all is to open your eyes and take a step back from this madness. There is a lot of extremist activity occurring in and around the world right now that stretches far beyond Mosul in Iraq. Investigate and do your research and do not believe everything you hear and see when it comes to the media. Remember there is an agenda behind what you see, after a certain while we become unwillingly programmed in our thoughts and ideas- so much so that we unknowingly become our own personal extremists by advocating groups that cause chaos in society to supposedly “restore peace”.