By Kara Johnson
It's not often we think about the influence the media has on our own lives. Does it influence us more than we let on? We see it happening to those around us, but we tend to forget just how influenced we are. It's a vicious cycle, but the fact of the matter is, as much as we'd like to believe the media has a positive influence on our generation, it's the complete opposite. Negativity is plastered all over the news station, and we've seen more and more each year. With it being an election year, the media has been a chaotic force to be reckoned with. Some take what is said as gospel, and some think twice before believing what the headline states. What do we believe anymore? Is the media directing our influence toward socialism? Do they lie? Are fact checkers even reliable anymore?
The answers to these questions aren’t as black and white as they may seem. But they are important questions to ask. Our generation doesn't know a media that isn't biased because it seems that in the ages we live in, the media loves to sway to one side in hopes that everyone will believe and pay attention to it. The truth is, a headline is everything. It doesn't matter what an article's content holds, as long as the headline catches a reader's attention. There are many instances where a reader will read an article due to the headline and realize its context wasn't even a part of the article. But headlines are the 'clickbait' in the media. A CNN headline, in some instances, can be a bigger influence on viewers watching. Remember when CNN said the protests were 'mostly' peaceful and safe with a building burning in the background, and then a couple of weeks later claimed the protests were violent. It's all about a narrative, and more often than not, this narrative can be dangerous.
The media can affect relationships in various ways, which has been happening more and more in the last couple of years. It influences thought worldview, and can easily manipulate, persuade, and pressurize society. Furthermore, it can also go as far as controlling the world at times. Whether you want to believe it or not, it's true. Facebook, Twitter, the news, and online journalism outlets are all a part of a certain narrative, and the most popular narrative that is taking place nowadays is socialism and Marxism. We see it playing out with Black Lives Matter, and we see so many who try to control the narrative condone the socialist and Marxist ideology. This is dangerous when we consider the influence the media has on everyone. While it's not wrong to focus on the media and listen to what is said, it's important to look at it with discernment. Research when you can and don't believe everything so quickly because a lot of the time, even with fact-checkers, a bias is taking place, and the whole story isn't told. If we don't do our own research and question what the media tells us, soon we will wonder how we came to live in a socialist society, because so many believed a false headline and a biased narrative.
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Kara Johnson finished her Bachelor's degree in Communications at Moody Bible Institute-Spokane in 2014. Since then, she has become a firm defender of truth, faith, capitalism, and patriotism. Her fight for American policies is evident throughout her writing and online presence. She is a contributing writer for The Rogue Review and The Human Defense Initiative, while also working to consistently update her personal blog Black Coffee At Midnight about faith, issues, and life's journey.