Is sensationalism in the media always a bad thing?

Asked by: SmartLogic
  • It's manipulating, misleading and more often than not completely false.

    I've seen first hand when newspapers have skewed facts or simply not researched them instead sensationalising the facts to make the issue appear more grave usually just to sell some papers. In my opinion this craft is absolutely atrocious and is a complete abuse of their position which should be first and foremost, to provide the facts for people. While I do believe it is difficult for someone to remain impartial on issues, the facts must at least be verified to be true. Skewing the facts to sell papers is immoral and wrong and it does nothing but create more distrust in the media as a whole when they are found out to be untrue. Journalists who write in this way do not think of the consequences these stories have on the people involved, whether that be the misinformed public or the condemned people in the story.

  • On stock market sensationalism should be illegal

    To broadcast about any public trade company the media company could do so just in the presence of the company representative. Media manipulation should be criminal , broadcast companies abuse of stocks in USA not about what is said but how is said, trough a orchestrated movement between affiliates, damaging the company reputation, sometimes make a small thing turn into major crises, even driven companies to bankruptcy hurting jobs, hurting the economy, clients , suppliers, investors, sometimes for insider trading, where a friend of the journalist is the beneficiary and not the journalist direct. I dont trust broadcasting information about stocks, and I think should be a illegal activity

  • We should not support media.

    Media shows us bad things which make us more bad. They show things like people steeling things,people beating each other ,people doing bad magics etc. It also make childerens bad so they behave bad with parents and parents are unhappy.Media is baddest thing which make childerens,people also elders are watching media and becoming bad...So we should not watch media,and they also tell lye so people can wath more their shows.And now we should not support media.
    Thank you

  • Media can use other tools to grab attention.

    Media doesn't have to constantly provide breathtaking details throughout the entire article. The simple steps to get an audience's attention are taught in every high school writing class: Have a catchy title, or start with a thought-provoking question. Then, your article/essay should have concise, and accurate information. Media blows regular stories out of the water by over-exaggerating or completely censoring statements and facts out of their media.

  • Media should always be objective about the way they show the news.

    Although its true that sensationalism might be needed in some cases to attract the attention of the public to a rather boring yet significant topic. However, in order for the media to use to sensationalism, they would have to twist some facts, throw our unconvinced statistical expectations and all that makes whatever news they wanna spread false and inaccurate.

  • It is corruption in a way.

    The media strives to make a big deal out of issues that do not matter or are over-hyped. Sensationalism only focuses on viewership and readership numbers, rather than the actual situation. Let's take Jill Meagher for instance, if she hadn't worked for the ABC, would her story occur on the news for over a year? Would another person receive the recognition if they were of a different cultural background or have a different job? Sadly, the answer is no. Do people really care about every abduction, rape and murder that occurs, or just the ones that the media pushes down the people of Australia?

  • It is really bad.

    And they should stick to tell what really happened. Stretching the facts or outright lying is not the way to go.
    How can we trust a single thing the media say when this practice is so widespread? Sensationalism is always a bad thing mainly because when the media finally tells things exactly as they happened, who will believe them? And the ones that kept trusting it will be so brainwashed by the constant lies that their view of the world will be just a fantasy.
    Lying only causes harm, and doing it constantly is even worse.

    Posted by: Rafe
  • I mean, if it accomplishes what it sets out to...

    What might be difficult to understand is the necessity of such praxis. Sensationalism while having its obvious shortcomings, especially in the sense of public perception, can prove to bring about an abundance of obligatory change. Journalists find the need to inflate certain subjects to better relay their message to an otherwise customarily empathetic audience.

  • Sensationalism in the media is not always a bad thing.

    Sensationalism in the media is not always a bad thing.There are times where a story may be important to the general public but the topic is otherwise boring.To make it more exciting the press may choose to be sensational in the presentation of the information that is important to the public.

  • Exaggeration is what catches the eye, thereby spreading news more effectively.

    Slightly embellishing news stories to garner attention isn't always as terrible as it is made out to be. In fact, sensationalism grabs eyeballs, thereby spreading news faster and more effectively. And isn't that the purpose of media in the end? To get information out.
    This article pretty much sums up my view on the issue.

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