Today, a news story of a shooting and one of a cat stuck in a tree could be seen back to back or even as overlapping news stories. The disparity in significance is astonishing. News media nowadays only seeks to entertain the public. People don't want to be bored by the news anymore. They want the juicy gossip, the Hollywood happenings, and the occasional adorable animal. Importance of news content has gone down the drain. All things televised only seek the fame and views to keep the show rolling. No longer is it the content to keep the people well educated and informed. What news once was compared to what it is now is very disappointing for our modern day. As a nation that strives to excel in self-improvement, it is devastating that we should take such a unfortunate turn. Famous author Neil Postman writes, "...We are presented not only with fragmented news but news without...Value...News as pure entertainment" (Postman 100). This is a growing trend popular especially among television. This corrupt system is much like an apple rotting from the inside out. At first you can't see it and the apple is still physically appealing. That is all media is now, physically appealing.
In today's society, media is unavoidable. It is constantly being shoved in our faces either by its constant presence in the social world or by choice. Media seems to be trivializing genuine aspects of our culture by implementing very surface aspects simply to appeal to an audience. An example of culture being subjected to the forms of media is religion. In Christianity, as well as other religions I presume, people have a mission ingrained with the belief. That is, to make disciples of all nations. Big time religious speakers do exactly that. However, once the entertainment becomes all about the speaker and no longer about who they worship, the media exposure has tainted the session. Famous author Neil Postman writes, "As it brings one nearer to Jesus, it also provides advice on how to increase one's bank account" (Postman 114). This quote refers to Reverend Terry and how his show is run centered on both God and money. By using God as a platform for prosperity he later turns the focus towards ones' bank account. This deters the focus and trivializes the true spirit of religion. While media is a efficient form of getting information out, it is not always sending out the preferred message. Fame and views play an important factor in media which could easily steer away the focus of religion. Religion is losing its content only to be filled with the appeals of a large, weeping audience. The importance of religion in our daily lives has dwindled to record low numbers and I believe that media exposure has an impact regarding that.
When one asks the question is something corrupt one must look at the larger picture. Aren't all humans corruptible? Therefore anything they touch or interact with can be corrupted. When it comes to the media it is a well known fact that people lie and deceive often, especially in the public light. People express opinions instead of solid facts. Most are on the hunt for the breaking story, who will report it first? Even if that means not checking all of the facts. Not to mention sponsors for media corporations. If one of the sponsors see or hear anything that they do not like or support they can pull funding. This can create problems for companies. Therefore, one could assume that what they show is within the ideology of their investors and the company to save itself from failure.
I don't think that the US media is corrupt, I think that the U.S. media definitely portrays people and ideas in a way that they want people to perceive it, under their ideal and I think that is morally wrong. People are open to make their own judgment about how the media portrays information and people, but it the media itself is not corrupt, just the way it causes you to perceive information is wrong.