Comments Question 2

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2. What type of information are we content to receive? From what sources? Are we satisfied with the limited, edited, often slanted information that we receive from news sources? (e.g., TV media does not show coffins of soldiers returning from Iraq; government documents, such as unemployment rates & economic information, strategically released or withheld during election time.)

Well, I’ll start the discussion with my two cents. When I take a step back and think about how filtered the information that we receive is, I feel concerned. TV news content is particularly troublesome, as it is easy to watch a cable station and feel educated, but if you go online and search topics more in-depth, a much more multi-faceted picture of a subject generally emerges. TV and radio are convenient, but if that is all that citizens hear, our society is sorely. Moreover, most people have a preferred station, which offers a distinctly, narrowly-tailored perspective, (even if it is FOX’s “fair and balanced” news). Take, for example, the upcoming Election Day. How much do people actually know about the candidates for whom they may vote? In many cases, shockingly little – other than recognizing whether a person is an incumbent, and thus being able to look at the politician’s record, people only what they’ve learned from candidates’ and opponents’ advertisements.

Therefore, I’m extremely excited about the amazing amount of information on the Internet, and appreciate people who seek to post and disseminate unedited content. In my opinion, Youtube, blogs, wikis, Second Life, and other forms of journalism (such as Deborah Scranton’s project, putting cameras in the hands of soldiers), can only enhance our understanding of the world, enable use to become more educated citizens, and make our society more productive, multi-faceted, and democratic. – Alison Healey

I do believe that the slanted news media plays an important role in disseminateing information nonetheless. People, however, need to be aware of it. People need to be aware of how easily information can be manipulated to make us think in a certain way. The more information sources that are available the more information there is on any given subject. We can than compile all of this information to make an informed decision on what we believe is real or not. There are inherent problems involved in not only slanting information, but even in collecting it accurately. The internet provides us with more personal choice and power to collect information. People need to be open to all information, however, or we may find that we get stuck with only one source of information and continue our own biases.

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