Their power is not distant and impersonal; it reaches
into every home,
and it works its will during nearly every waking hour. It is the power
that shapes and molds the mind of virtually every citizen, young or
old, rich or poor, simple or sophisticated. The mass media form for us
our image of the world and then tell us what to think about that image.
[See: Crimes of the (N.Y.) Times]
Essentially everything we know, or think we know, about events outside
our own neighbourhood or circle of acquaintances comes to us via our
daily newspaper, our weekly news magazine, our radio, or our television.
It is not just the heavy-handed suppression of certain news stories from
our newspapers or the blatant propagandizing of history-distorting TV
“docudramas” that characterizes the opinion-manipulating techniques of
the media. They exercise both subtlety and thoroughness in their
management of the…
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