Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Influence of the media

When Kim Jong Il, the former head of state of North Korea passed away, the people were in deep grief. They were genuinely devastated about the loss of their dear leader.

People from outside the country, who have read widely about the negative aspects  of this leader, were surprised why the people in North Korea adored him so much, and the adoration was genuine. They overlooked a reality - the people were influenced regularly and for decades by the state controlled media about the greatness of their leader. It may be subtle, but it was most powerful.

This is the influence of the media.


Anonymous said...

[Challenge censorship at every turn]

"All censorship exists to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently, the first condition of progress is the removal of censorship."

Thus, for our democracy to advance, "abhorrent ideas need to be challenged by better ones, not banned".

Anonymous said...

How do we know that the adoration was genuine?

Anonymous said...

A Briton, a Frenchman and a Russian are viewing a painting of Adam and Eve frolicking in the Garden of Eden. "Look at their reserve, their calm," muses the Brit. "They must be British."

"Nonsense," the Frenchman disagrees. "They're naked, and so beautiful. Clearly, they are French."

"No way! They have no clothes and no shelter," the Russian points out, "They have only an apple to eat, and they are being told they live in a paradise. Obviously, they are Russian."

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