How do certain forms of media penetrate groupthink more easily than others?

Question by : How do certain forms of media penetrate groupthink more easily than others?
For example, anything that you read in an official textbook will warp your beliefs around its content much more so than a news article or an essay (at least in the majority of my observations). People do not seem to change their minds about certain beliefs unless the medium has some “authoritative” property (whether it is our assumptions on the category of the medium or the brand name attached to it.)

Merely a fun brain-teaser. Any thoughts are welcome as it is not a completely serious question.

Best answer:

Answer by Arthur Norton
It’s quite an interesting one.

I have experienced first hand news journalists twisting the truth so am aware of this, I am also aware to look for qualifications or the persons background when reading textbooks too. However I am not everyone.

I think in general it is feasible that some people may say words to the effect of this is true the (insert random professional organization) says so. It doesn’t make the person any less, I believe it may because they have to research the subject for whatever reason but don’t really hold much interest in it to seek the truth.

This is not to say that qualified people can’t be wrong I think we are just playing the odds, if somebody has studied a subject for 6 years and been practised in it for 10 they are more likely to be accurate than the news, as the news’ purpose is to sell advertising space or papers or something. I think some journalists start out seeking truth but all the major employers are corporations with corporate agendas.

To summarise I think some subjects don’t spark enough interest in some groups so they will take the opinion of the highest qualified as truth. If you have the interest in a subject you will pursue the truth.

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Is the media bubble that Americans live in an intended tool to keep us complacent consumerists?

Question by Chris M: Is the media bubble that Americans live in an intended tool to keep us complacent consumerists?
Do the corporations who control the mainstream media in the U.S. make a conscious decision to keep Americans uninformed and disinterested in actual news (unbiased journalism from a global perspective) by instilling a standard of complacency and narcissism for them to profit from? Or is the relatively new phenomenon of “entertainment news”, and the scaling back of foreign bureaus an indirect result of the corporations being solely focused on profits at the expense of real journalism?

Best answer:

Answer by Gosling
congratulations! A rep from the CIA should be there soon to pick you up for retraining… or they may come under the guise of the FBI.. either way you have posted it now.. we both have to head for Canada!

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Advertising in the News: Paid-for Content and the South African Print Media

Advertising in the News: Paid-for Content and the South African Print Media

Exposing how the editorial content of magazines is shaped by those with buying power, this informative monograph challenges the tendency of the general public to believe that everything that appears in print is the truth. Highlighting issues of editorial integrity, profitability, media ethics, trust, and the consolidation of democracy in South Africa, this study looks at the strategies employed to develop paid-for content and explains the consequences this has on both journalism and the readers at large.

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The New Rules of Marketing & PR: How to Use Social Media, Online Video, Mobile Applications, Blogs, News Releases, and Viral Marketing to Reach Buyers Directly

The New Rules of Marketing & PR: How to Use Social Media, Online Video, Mobile Applications, Blogs, News Releases, and Viral Marketing to Reach Buyers Directly

David Meerman Scotts marketing bible has become a modern day business classic.

This is the book every ambitious, forward-thinking, progressive marketer or publicist has at the front of their shelf. Business communication has changed over the recent years. Creative ad copy is no longer enough. The New Rules of Marketing and PR has brought thousands of marketers up to speed on the changing requirements of promoting products or services in the new digital age. This is a one-of-a-kind, pioneering guide, offering a step-by-step action plan for harnessing the power of the Internet to communicate with buyers directly, raise online visibility, and increase sales. Its about getting the right message to the right people at the right time – for a fraction of the cost of a big-budget advertising campaign. This new, updated edition includes:

  • A new introduction discussing recent changes to the world of marketing and PR
  • A brand new chapter on mobile marketing
  • An additional chapter on real-time marketing and PR
  • Updated information on how to measure the success of your campaigns
  • A range of new tools
  • Fresh case studies


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Author David Meerman Scott

Forget What You Know About PR: The New Rules of Media Relations
If you’re still following the traditional PR methods, I’m sure you’re finding that they are much less effective. To be much more successful, consider and use the new rules of media relations:

• Non-targeted, broadcast pitches are spam.
• News releases sent to reporters in subject areas they don’t cover are spam.
• Reporters who don’t know you yet are looking for organizations like yours and products like yours- make sure they will find you on sites like Google and Technorati.
• If you blog, reporters who cover the space will find you.
• Pitch bloggers, because being covered in important blogs will get you noticed by mainstream media.
• When was the last news release you sent? Make sure your organization is busy.
• Journalists want a great online media room.
• Include video and photos in your online media room.
• Some (but not all) reporters love RSS feeds.
• Personal relationships with reporters are important.
• Don’t tell journalists what your product does. Tell them how you solve customer problems.
• Follow journalists on Twitter to learn what interests them.
• Does a reporter have a blog? Read it. Comment on it. Track back to it (send a message whenever you blog about a subject that the reporter blogged about first).
• Before you pitch, read (or listen to or watch) the publication (or radio or TV show) you’ll be pitching to.
Once you know what a reporter is interested in, send them an individualized pitch crafted for their needs.


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Is the main stream media obsolete since becomming an advertising agency for?

Question by canam: Is the main stream media obsolete since becomming an advertising agency for?
Obama? Glenn Beck and Fox news vetted Jones, and that led to his resignation. The mainstream media did not report on Jones until he resigned. Seems to me the main stream media is now irrelevant and obsolete. What say you?
stinkey cindy-whos stupid? Fox news is cable news. main stream media are newspapers, weekly news magazines, CBS, NBC, ABC

Best answer:

Answer by jim s
True colors, sneaky (wait n see), Monday morning quarterbacking.
Not at all surprised. Subterfuge is the game plan.
They waited to hoist the “Jolly Roger”.
Stinking pirates

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Media Mayhem – Sandusky, Scientology & Ethical Journalism with Gawker.com Senior Reporter John Cook

40 years on from Watergate, journalism has gone through tectonic shifts that affect how reporters get their stories. We examine those shifting ethical grounds with gawker.com senior reporter John Cook. We discuss topics ranging from Christopher Hitchens, Barbara Walters, the FOXNews mole, the Church of Scientology, the Sandusky trial and more–always with one eye on the place for integrity in journalism in the ‘gotcha!’-age. John is not afraid to demystify his subjects–even when he happens to admire them–and be an advocate for truthful media. It’s a striking discussion. GUEST BIO: John Cook is a senior reporter for Gawker Media and has worked as a TV reporter and writer for Radar magazine, Mother Jones and the Chicago Tribune. ADD’L LINKS: twitter.com gawker.com blogs.villagevoice.com EPISODE BREAKDOWN: 00:01 The uncensored obituary–demystifying Mike Wallace. 00:37 Welcoming John Cook. 04:30 To Catch a Predator and the ethics of journalism collaborating with law enforcement. 07:30 Barbara Walters coverage of Assad and Syria. 10:11 Eulogizing Christopher Hitchens with honesty. 15:02 Is there a place for disparaging people you disagree with in journalism? 16:45 The Clinton impeachment and the punishable offenses of a president. 20:57 The temptation to shut up and follow the party line. 21:37 Barack Obama and the fast and furious controversy. 22:39 The Fox Mole, infiltrating Bill O’reilly for Gawker and the repercussions. 27:51 If Watergate was reported today…paying for
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