Every day we are studied by media, about what we want, what we need, or what we will buy.
Everyday we are hit by advertising everywhere we go. There is no escape from it.
I doubt those who set out the plans for the 'internet' expected it to be just another way for media to be shown to us.
Every show on the TV, be it public broadcasting, or FOX, has an agenda. The creator of the simpsons when asked if he had one, commented that he had none, nor had he ever had one.
Yet, just watch all of the messages given off in one episode.
For the most part, every major newspaper, TV station, or radio station can't get by, without advertising.
Rupert Murdock owns FOX, including many newspapers. Which means, as long as his spin is on everything that is shown through those media outlets, it won't be free.
Do you really think that a newspaper who has 4 pages full of car advertising is going to print something bad against their advertisers?
Do you think that the united states, like england (correct me if i am wrong), should make it mandatory to teach about advertising used on all of us?
It comes down to this question though:
Do we mirror the media, or like "they" claim, are we the ones being mirrored?
Will accept plush toys as bribes.
If you can find it, rent "Manufacturing Consent", which is a documentary about Noam Chomsky, and deals specifically with this subject. If you can't find the film, I think there is a book by the same name.
"This film showcases Noam Chomsky, one of America's leading linguists and political dissidents. It also illustrates his message of how government and big media businesses cooperate to produce an effective propaganda machine in order to manipulate the opinions of the United States populous. The key example for this analysis is the simultaneous events of the massive coverage of the communist atrocities of Khmer Rouge regime of Cambodia and the suppression of news of the US supported Indonesian invasion and subjugation of East Timor."