The media is known to create events and not report them.i have to write a 700 word composition on the topic but i dont seem to understand what to write. please give me tips on how to write this...

The media is known to create events and not report them.

i have to write a 700 word composition on the topic but i dont seem to understand what to write. please give me tips on how to write this composition and give me relevant info that i could include.

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brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree that the latest events in the world seem to prove this statement true.  Once upon a time, there were only four news channels that were available to everyone.  Now, with multiple cable and satellite channels, and news stations that have to come up with 24 hours of news to fill the airspace, they seem to be much worse at creating news stories out of things that 20 years ago wouldn't have qualified as news.

The Koran burning Pastor is a good example, so is the small sect of the Baptist Church that travels the country protesting at military funerals.  They are so small, so unrepresentative of the vast majority of American public opinion, yet they make it onto TV.

One reason for this trend is our fault, the viewers.  We tend to reward them for bad reporting.  We tune into cable news where a large portion of the shows are spent telling us what to think, or yelling at someone who thinks differently than they do, as opposed to simply informing us of the latest events so that we can make up our own minds.  We, as viewers, have started to tune into the "news" for the entertainment value, as opposed to simply receiving accurate and timely information.

The competition between networks is so intense that the pressure to create these stories, maintain ratings, and increase profits for the network is immense.

scarletpimpernel eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with part of the prompt that you were assigned to answer--very little simple "reporting" goes on in the media anymore. However, for the most part in the United States anyway, the media still does not "create" events. Yes, as previous posts have stated, our media sources do choose which events and people they want to emphasize and take it even further by painting those events or people in negative or positive lights. It is extremely rare that any form of media presents even one objective report in an issue (whether it's a half-hour TV news program, a radio broadcast, or a newspaper article).

I would say, though, that even though local news stations tend to be rather overdramatic and sometime sensationalize stories, they are better at being objective and presenting reports (at least in the area I live in!). That's a sad truth, however, to think that they would be considered small-time and amateurish by the national media--it almost seems that in order to make it to the big-time "journalists" have to start incorporating more bias, drama, and exaggeration in their repertoire.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

What the question is saying is that the media (on its own) can make things seem important even when they are not.  Ideally, the media would go and simply tell us what has happened in the world.  Instead (the question is saying) the media decides for us what is important and thereby "creates" events.

You should try to find examples where you think that this is true.  In the case of the United States, I think that the recent furor over the pastor in Florida who wanted to burn Korans on 9/11 is an example.  This was an unimportant person with a very small following who was planning to burn the Koran.  No one need really have heard about it, but then the media made it in to a huge deal.

You may also want to argue against the premise of the question.  I do not think that the media can make events important all on their own.  They cannot force us to be interested in something that we truly do not care about.

besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Many people will often argue that the media is biased. In other words, the media is already swayed into thinking a certian way and may report the news in a particular fashion that will make the listeners believe what they say is always true. Because of this, the media may report things in a certain manner that may not always be entirely true. If this assumption is true, then the media would be in essence creating news that may not be entirely true and therefore creating events. I feel that it would impossible for the media to actually create events but they may build on certain to may seem what they are not.

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I, too, take exception to the word "create."  It seems to me, as well as to many of my colleagues as noted above, that the media "shapes" the news.  They spend more or less time on one thing or another; they ignore some things and feature others; they portray events in a positive or a negative light; they downplay some aspects and highlight others (we see this a lot when people are reporting the turnout numbers for any kind of event.  The fact that the events happen without the news or other media makes the word "create" incorrect.  If you must use it, perhaps "create an impression" would be more accurate.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
In some cases, the media creates stories. I am not sure they so often create events. First of all, the media will look for stories that will be interesting to people. Sometimes a reporter will search for a story and basically create one. That is not the same as creating an event. That is again the journalistic code of ethics.