June 14, 2004





How much does the media impact your views on what happens in the world?

Bah. I look to the media for the basic facts on whatis going on and then form my own opinions. I was much more informed about current events when I had cable, because then I could watch The Daily Show, but I can't really stomach any other form of news.

Karen, 24
Ames, IA USA

I'd like to say it doesn't, but I suppose it does because it is the means through which I learn of world events. I tend to ignore media interpretations of events.

Jane, 63
West Linn, OR USA


Keri-Jade, 23
Brampton, Ontario CANADA

A small amount, but still more than I would hope it would.

Ryan, 29
Riedlingen GERMANY

It doesn't have much impact on my work life or my social life. It has a big impact on my view of the rest of my world because that's the only way I find out about the rest of the world - through the media. When I was studying for the Michigan primary, I ran across a Howard Dean site that showed him screaming after a primary. However, he was screaming to make himself heard over a noisy crowd of enthusiastic supporters. The media had turned down the volume on the crowd so he could be heard in their clips, but it had the effect of making him look like he was ranting and raving.

Cathie, 54
Novi, MI USA

Seeing as how I'm not usually where the news is happening I do kind of have to depend on them, but at the same time I do understand that the media is just another business and therefore subject to making questionable statements, even more so since their entire business is making

Alias Irrelevante

If it weren't for the print media, I wouldn't know what is going on in the world. Some columnists compact my views--some extend them.

Jill, 61
Saylorsburg, PA USA

a hell of a lot because thats where the information about things going on in the world comes from. you can research all you want but most of the time what they say is what you get unless you have first hand access.

the original point of the media, i think was to keep people informed and to make them aware of things outside of their small worlds. other people might say the original point was to have an
easier way to spread propaganda. that may be true as well but that is still an impact whether good or bad.

ingrid, 22
Stockton, CA USA

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