Wk 4: Media and The Beast (Oh, I mean the DEMOCRATic Process).

Okay, first of all, I would like to explain a few things about news. But, considering the time and space I have available, I won’t. If you are a hardcore journalism fan, I’ll attach a link here with some definitions (Or, if you are Mr. Eriksen, because I think it would be easier for me to simply give that assignment to you through this).

Link: News daffynitions

Now, for the main focus of this post.

The main question we are trying to answer is this: where the H-E-Double Hockey Sticks is Ferris Bueler?

No, that isn’t it, although I am curious about that. I think that the principal would like to know that as well.

The real question is whether or not the media affects the democratic process.

First of all, we would have to define what media is. Media is, according to those politically correct prudes who wrote the dictionary, “the means of communication, as radio and television, newspapers, and magazines, that reach or influence people widely.” I like the Urban Dictionary’s definition much better: “Apparently the reason for 99% of America’s problems.”

Apparently, along with Atkins and Weight Watchers, they now have a “media diet.” I personally am a big fan of Fox News. News channels are my main source of media. Yes, I don’t watch it while doing other things, such as homework (I’m afraid that if I do my homework while listening to Conservative views, it will influence my grades, and my Democrat teachers will fail me) and I don’t watch it in my room. I have a specific amount of time set for watching television because I don’t want to rot my brain out like millions of Americans have done. I like my intelligence.

Obama is an example of someone who has rotted his brain out. Politicians love television. It convinces people to make decisions about how the government shall be populated based off of television appearances. That’s how JFK got elected. Then again, he got shot in the head, but we’ll save that for a different post. Obama also is the first president to use digital media to his advantage. Did you know that Obama has a Facebook page? Yeah, you can find it at https://www.facebook.com/barackobama. How funny is that? He has about 45,111,653 likes.

Now, another question: who holds the media accountable? Well, we could say that former Governor Kitzhaber holds the media accountable. Look at the picture for more info on that story, or read the tabloids. Everything in the tabloids and on the internet must be true, right? I’m not getting warmer, am I?

Surprisingly, if you take two pictures of the President, each one from a different angle, you will find that you have images of two entirely different people. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or in this case, in the lens of the camera. And, if you are like Obama, you can do a lot of fundraisers (I must say that if I ever become President, I will NOT do ANY fundraisers WHATSOEVER!!!!!!).

If you need an example about how media can hurt a candidate, simply look at the Kennedy election. Kennedy was well-rested, handsome, tanned. Nixon was pale, ill, and unshaven. When you put ugly on television, it becomes more ugly, and that really didn’t help Nixon.

Now a days, Internet is the place to be. Television is being replaced with Netflix, and radio is only an option when going on a long car drive (Ironically, more internet means you can see a place without being there, which makes travel even less likely), and name ten people who DON’T do journalism who read the newspaper regularly. Magazines are only really popular if their title begins with MAD or PlayBoy, and billboards can be so fickle, because they depend on other people to drive past them.

I could live without commercials. I really hate seeing car commercials in which the entire commercial talks about something completely unrelated to car insurance. I do not need fifteen minutes to save fifteen percent or more on car insurance, you talking Gecko! Then again, I don’t drive a car…


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