Effects of Media: Limited Effects
Media is an interesting beast. It influences the publics’ opinion of the topics it covers as much as its viewer influence the topics that the media covers. This circle of influence can be related to the two step theory where media sources and information get passed through multiple channels and filters. It is part of media that keeps it real. If a story isn’t interesting it won’t be reported on. However, at the same time the public can make their own decision on whether or not to listen to a news source. For example, I have included an article about abortion and women’s rights. Everyone has an opinion on this topic, so it is unlikely that the media is going to influence your position on such a major topic. The media can only go as far and the public viewers are willing to be influenced. I like the fact that there is a sort of check and balance system in place to keep media sources truthful.