Today's media reflects society more than ever, in that most media today is profit-based. Because of this, they will give the audience what they want to see or hear, and they will try to make news as entertaining as possible in order to survive the intensely competitive environment in today's newsworld.
Whenever Napoleon conquered a country, the first thing that he did was get control of the newspapers, the main media in his time. Today, the same is true. The media is controlled by powerful forces who filter information to the public. One can determine this by watching different news channels that have slants to their news such as CNN and Fox News. An example of these slants can be recalled on the story of the Army psychologist that shot and killed several soldiers at a fort in this country. There was a very careful reportage on CNN, while Fox reported the fact that there had been knowledge of the controversy about this doctor. Also, in its effort to stir people, Fox reported the statements of a retired general who very candidly gave his perspective on what has happened in the military and how it was the indirect cause of what occurred.
Often, too, the media distorts. An example of the media's distortion of facts comes from the recent reportage of thousands of people protesting a certain social issue, when later it was revealed that millions had been present at the protest. Photographs are also taken from certain angles that either make an event seem larger or mitigated by the size of the crowd, etc.
The media is not always a reflection of society. As the networks are in competition with one another, they often end up distorting and sensationalizing what has happened in order to attain more viewers. Indeed, the media can be a powerful source of propaganda for whatever their agenda may be. In its presentation of the Hollywood scene, however, it is, indeed, a reflection of a society that worships fame.
In my opinion, the media certainly do reflect society, at least in the United States. That is because we have a free market for media of all types. Because of that, the only media that can survive are those that give the people what they want. People complain a great deal about the media, but ultimately, the media only does what it can make money doing. If people really didn't like some types of media or media outlets, those media would die off.
Media refers to medium of mass communication such as publications, TV, and movies.
To some extent what appears in the media reflects what is happening in the society. But media itself plays an important role in shaping the thinking and culture of society. This influence can be deliberate, as happens in case of advertisements and and propaganda of political and other organization. Many times the influence can also be unintended side effect of something that has become very popular.