I'm currently in a class that explores the relationship of 'news media' (however you wish to define that, feel free to) and the effects that it has on the representative democracy in the United States. This is specifically in reference to the advancements of technology and the effects on the profession of journalism -- for example...
Twitter, Facebook, and Blogs: How has this, in your opinion, changed how the media is effecting certain aspects of the field of journalism?
Although I don't know much about journalism, I do feel as though the media is obsessed with giving the public what it wants. People thrive off conflict, it seems for some unknown reason, and therefore wish to see such across every magazine, newspaper, and webblog. The media is often biased such as seen from CNN and Fox News -- only broadcasting news with a partisan spin on such.
I feel as though this has become a disgusting fact of life -- and finding object journalism seems to be harder and harder to do. Does anyone else feel this way? That media is simply become a subjective medium to control the voters and how they perceive politics, rather than allowing them to take facts and come to their own conclusions?
Do you like the fact that the media is generally partisan, or do you feel this is ruining politics? I'm curious to see what others think, as I only know the opinion of several college students. I'm wondering what people of various ages and educational backgrounds feel.
Any thoughts much appreciated!