The influence of media upon our Culture

Joseph Parish

The media is everywhere in our culture as it tries to influence our every move. No longer do we find it confined to the television or the newspaper, but it has managed to wing its way into every aspect of our life. Portable cell phones now permit a holder to access any news source that they so desire. This pop culture influence can especially be noticed in the areas of politics. You can have daily tweeted messaged sent to you by the top politicians in the campaign on their upcoming speech locations or their comments towards a particular issue. The most obvious influences that have an effect upon the pop culture is the political commentaries we find from the entertainer’s statements. We see this from both the right and the left.

It was discovered that liberal politicians who appear on certain TV shows had an increase of 40 percent in donations within 40 days of their appearance. Conservative news commentators on FOX such as Bill O’Reilly or Glenn Beck have been able to influence the immigration debate within America, therefore we can conclude that the media has a major investment in our political pop culture.

Over the years the media have provided a measure of influence over the views of illegal and legal drugs by American pop cultures. Through the use of the media the tobacco industry has all but been destroyed, however on the other end, we find that the Marijuana concerns are rapidly gaining support. Smoke by any other name is still smoke in my opinion. Naturally the age of the viewers has a lot to do with the opinions being formed here. The younger crowd views the consumption of pot as positive while the elders from years ago look at it as still an unhealthy activity. As with any other actions our government has a double purpose here. I must ask openly if cigarette smoking has been previously deemed as unhealthy by the government, especially the Surgeon General, then how can the legal use of pot or other drugs be condoned? In my opinion the federal and state governments want the people to stay stoned so they can have their way with our constitution. Those who are under the influence of drugs are more likely not to fight the changes that are being made.

We have seen how the media plays major roles on all American lifestyles. It can influence any political aspirations towards changes in laws and affect the very way the voters will swing at the polls. It can either make or break a politician. A prime example is with Barack Obama. A relatively unknown person runs for president, but the media is impressed that we may finally have our first black president so they embrace his every word and movement. If a negative report is discovered, the media will simply ignore it or places it on the back burner. All news is centered on the selected politician and any dirt discovered on his or her opponent is magnified. The media determines indirectly how the voters will distribute their cash and finally their votes.

Few people realize how the media are manipulating their lives. Years back, the media would merely report the news. They would give no personal opinions relating to the news item in question, but they would only report the “who, what, when and how” of the issue at hand. Now days every news reporter has an inept desire to contribute their own ideas to the public. I really don’t know if they intend this as a means of enhancing their news broadcast or simply want to influence the peoples thinking. Personally, I would like to see the media go back to just reporting the news and let me make up my own mind on important decisions.

Joseph Parish
My name is Joseph Parish. I am also known as "Word Writer", a freelance writer who specializes in a host of subjects from survival and emergency actions to gardening. Over the years, I have found that many people involved in the subject of survival claim an attraction towards the subject they practice. A few of them have really meant it. Fewer still have put their life into it and shown their true feelings about the subject. I attended the American Public University, specializing in Emergency Management and Terrorism. I have written one book on terrorism entitled “The Mind of a Terrorist”, and it is available on Amazon. I was brought up in southern New Jersey and attended school in the Millville area, graduating from the Millville Senor High school in 1966. By the time I graduated, I was hooked upon entering the United States Air Force. I was determined to enter the military and pursue a field of study in the area of electronics. I initially attended a course in Aircraft Radio Repair at Kessler Air Force Base in Mississippi. Later, I was trained as a Ground Radio Repairman. Little did I realize that this course of training would eventually lead him into the Forward Air Control Career field. I remained in the military for 21 years, at which time I visited many foreign countries as well as just about all 50 states in America. In 1987, I decided that it was time to get out of the military and retire from active duty. It was at this time that I made a quantum career leap; combining my, military electronics training with my love of Aircraft, I became employed by TRW Aerospace in Redondo Beach California. The company was involved in developing and manufacturing various space craft units and satellites for the government. I will readily admit that the company was one of the greatest places I had ever worked, and really hated to leave the company, but I decided to depart the area. I have developed many interesting and cherished friendships while learning survival techniques, particularly those that dealt with earthquakes. Unfortunately, the area was not the best place to bring up children in and upon the conclusion of my contract with TRW, I returned to the east coast. Upon my return to the New Jersey area, I began teaching school for several years. I generally taught Junior High subjects, such as science and math. After getting involved in the teaching of young minds, I was informed that a close relative in Florida was ill and required help. Without hesitation, I headed to the sunshine state to assist. While in Florida I was employed as an RF Amplifier Engineer. Eventually the crisis which had brought me to Florida was over, and I was once again heading back up north, only this time to the state of Delaware. Here I worked as a mainframe computer operator for a major chicken producer until I decided that it was time for me to permanently retire. I decided to take a slightly different route. I was attracted to the topic of survival because of my love for the military and my field of work while I was active duty. When 9-11 took place in America, there was a rise in the popularity of survival preparations which led to both government and private citizens being concerned about survival. These people and agencies had the freedom to select the various topics relating to the subject and the followers began to flock to them because of their knowledge and values. By the end of 2007, various internet websites began cropping up relating to survival. One such website was mine. Being a part-time newspaper reporter in New Jersey years ago, I would create my own form of written articles. My first exposure to "survival" came as an Air Force Forward Air Controller (ROMAD) during my 21 years in the military. I have served as a unit Safety NCO, Emergency Preparedness NCO and other related duties. Some of my safety related articles had been published in the Air Force Safety Manual. Over the years I have taken courses ranging from FEMA sponsor classes to “Aircraft aviation” courses in my efforts to become more informed on survival techniques and procedures. I am a firm believer that you must be ready for any sort of emergency and above all you simply cannot rely upon the government to help you during times of crisis. I am a follower of the philosophy that you should continue to learn as much as you possibly can and believe that when you stop learning you are simply dead. I am currently an active volunteer in the Delaware Medical Reserve Corp, participating in the Delaware Bat Monitoring Program and the Terrapin Rescue. I previously was a Red Cross volunteer working with the Emergency Management Section of the organization. My hobby is gardening and I have my own greenhouse. I love experimenting with the propagation of plants. Many of my articles center around the topic of gardening. I look forward to accepting assignments from potential clients. Feel free to contact me at (302) 404-5976.

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