Monique Charles Blog post

Monique Charles
Media studies blog response

I believe that there are limits to the publics right to know. The media tend to manipulate information to the public. The public has the right to know exactly what is going on especially if they can be affected in some way. Complete information should be given to the public, giving them the option as to what they want to do with the information. The media tend to keep secrets from the public, which can cause many conflicts and negatively impact the public. In my opinion by the media manipulating information is what cause the public to panic. The media withhold information until it becomes a severe problem. If the public was to have complete information, certain reactions will be different and certain problems would of been solved. The public have the right to know what can or is affecting them as well as how it is affecting others. Also by the media withholding information, the public is not getting a fair chance in decision making.


4 thoughts on “Monique Charles Blog post

  1. I would have to say I disagree with the first part of your comment. I believe that media outlets have a strong tendency to provide their audience with what they think their audiences want and need to know at the moment. In the day and age that we live in, people love instant gratification. I want information—quick and easy! The media does all the work of cutting through all the unnecessary information (although some might argue that one should be able to do that for themselves) and gives us the most important pieces. It may not be accurate to say that the media always withholds things or keeps “secrets”, only because they may be presenting the information on an ‘as they receive it’ basis. As they filter through and receive the information, they then present it to us. I strongly believe that its good that news information is only released in moderation and as it is found necessary to share.


  2. I agree with you. The people should have the option to know what is going on in the world. In order to make a change and better ourselves, we have to know the secrets that are hidden. We should have the ability to think for ourselves. I understand that withholding information may prevent a panic from happening, but that all depends on the delivery of the message in the media. Personally, I want to be able to look at the news without any manipulation. Even if the event did not have to deal with me directly, I would still want to be aware of how others are impacted. Just looking online for the news, some articles portray their coverage to be the “inside scoop.” Most portrayals in the media seem to be written in a way to sell rather than inform the reader.


  3. Comment #5: Great post Monique! I agree with you, the secrecy is very unnecessary, especially with the issues we are currently having. Imagine if the public were to know everything that is going on…I believe the society would be a lot better than it is now. Of course, there will be arguments here and there, but at least we will know exactly what is going on and figure out how to solve the issues we have THE RIGHT WAY.



  4. I agree 100% with your post Monique! Media does tend to manipulate information to the public. The public deserves the right to know exactly what is going on especially if they can be affected in some way. I believe that the media shouldn’t keep secrets from the public because it can cause many conflicts and negatively impact the public.With the media manipulating information it causes the public to panic. Also, when the media is withholding information, the public will not know how to solve the issues the right way.


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