Bias Propaganda and Tendentious Media
A significant feature of today’s zeitgeist is divided contentious national identities.
Popular media communications such as newspapers, social media, and interest groups control, operate and are established only to show, endorse, and present their highly selective, compartmentalised views of the world.
The title of this speech, bias, propaganda, and tendentious media, now needs another ominous noun to elucidate the meaning of these words and their implications, indoctrination.
Ask yourself questions about the meaning, the influence, and power of these concepts.
Are you aware of the processes involved?
What is the impact, effect and outcomes for you, your community, and society?
Where and how does it start?
How does this happen?
What are the strategies to counter bias, propaganda, tendentious tweets, and indoctrination?
The language and cultures of the democratic free world facilitate these concerns. For totalitarian states, these concepts are the de facto modus operandi.
Now, let’s examine the meaning of these words.
Inclination or prejudice for or against one person or group, especially in a way considered to be unfair.
A concentration on or interest in one particular area or subject.
Information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote a political cause or point of view.
The dissemination of propaganda as a political strategy.
Expressing or intending to promote a particular cause or point of view, especially a controversial one.
The process of teaching a person or group to accept a set of beliefs uncritically.
Now put these words into context by reviewing the great British tradition embedded into the fabric of the nations daily lives, the nasty and vicious morning newspapers.
Due to current online trends, this excludes millennials and the snowflake generation.
Compared to The Chinese People’s Daily, or the Russian Pravda, does The Times and The Daily Telegraph produce a balanced, independent, impartial news, views, comments, and features?
Let’s dig down and look at the heritage and pedigree of established, long-serving well-known journalists: Janet Daly, Isabelle Oakenshott, Polly Toynbee,
Quentin Letts, Charles Moore, and Tim Montgomerie.
What does that say about their newspaper’s ethos, culture, and viewpoints?
What was the message of the British twentieth-century newspapers? The Daily Record, The Sketch, The Express, The Mirror, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The People, and The News of The World?
Whom did they represent? Who owned this media?
Do you like to be well-informed, have educated insights, and be knowledgeable?
Generations of post-war baby boomers have been brought up reading newspapers. Here, the reader’s diet will have consisted of what?
Imagine a young person delivering newspapers in this era. While they posted and read the headlines, the leading features would immediately provide detailed insights containing bias, propaganda, and tendentious media. The reader brings their own interpretations, values, and beliefs. Are they informed?
The Newspaper business model is not sustainable today. A digital, virtual world driven by sounds, images, and video content has attracted new audiences.
Today we live in very different times? Things have evolved, and technology has led to new ways of communicating.
However, the same issues of bias, propaganda and tendentious media are still all pervasive. Interesting?
What has happened?
Today the use of online media for using, displaying and manipulating bias, propaganda, tendentious tweets, and propaganda is a well-recognised phenomenon.
The ubiquitous echo chambers of the internets social media apps have taken these issues to a higher and a new level.
Responsible media organisations have teams and systems in place to verify the authenticity of facts. They verify the accuracy and honesty of the news.