The Media Must be More Responsible With What is Appropriate to Publish

The Media Must be More Responsible With What is Appropriate to Publish

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The Media Must be More Responsible With What is Appropriate to Publish

For over 200 years, free speech has been a right outlined in the United States constitution. But, in this technological day and age where not all information is accurate, media companies must be more responsible with what information is appropriate to publish. Friends, teachers, and administration, my name is Harry Scarola and it is my belief that it is time for a change in what is acceptable in media, and that we do not give power to false and misleading information.

FALSE INFORMATION

When is the last time that you went on a website and read a seemingly normal article only to find out that the information you wrote a paper on or turned in for a grade is not accurate? Everyday, media companies publish unreliable information for money by using clickbait titles or even false information inside of the article. According to Mark Kent, the British Ambassador to Argentina, media outlets must behave professionally and ethically and do their utmost to report accurately. A solution to this networking problem is to have people who verify and sort between credible news sources. This “verifier” position would create jobs and keep from mistrust between the media and the public.

CAUSES PANIC

 If you glance at the newspaper while heading out the door or read a news article while starting your day, you will know that most, if not all front page stories are bad news. According to the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), news company's decision to include bad news in their headlines involves psychology. The article continued by stating that bad events are more memorable. When we read these bad news stories, we are more likely to remember them compared to an uplifting or sentimental story.  One example of causing panic would be the coronavirus, which has been spreading around the world recently. Readers and viewers of popular news sources that report on these outbreaks, are often privy to exaggerations or sometimes even false accusations that send them into a panic. A solution to this problem is to hold news outlets accountable for publishing false articles. This will restore trust in our country’s news sources and make outlets more responsible.

CALLING TO ACTION

It is easy to see that we must stand up against panic and fake news caused by the media. In our country, there is a rift between the media and the public which we must restore. We need to get active by flooding inboxes of popular news sources such as Fox News or NPR and let them know that we demand transparency between them and the public. Secondly, we need to elect people into office who will hold news outlets responsible for feeding the working class fake information. Above all, we must get active and sign a petition. I would like to thank you for your time and I hope you leave here feeling the same as I do about this national problem.

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