Mass media is a force to be reckoned with in modern culture, especially in America. It transitioned from being a source of important facts to the creator of the culture itself through selective news content. The media consumers, in turn, make life decisions and formulate opinions based on the selective facts. This is a more dangerous form of communication compared to fake news or zero facts because the community can come up with a false sense of confidence.
Terrorism Deaths vs. Terrorism Coverage
To better understand the scope of coverage, it’s best to compare the number of homicide deaths to the terrorism deaths. From 2015 to 2016, the number of articles tackling both topics was around the same quantity even though more people died from homicides around the globe during that period.
The coverage for terrorism would have been more if the media also tackled general topics about terrorism and not just solely focused on the incidents. Compared to other possible ways a person can die, terrorism deaths are the distinct most profoundly covered kind of death per capita in the front pages of The New York Times.
In 2015, around 30,000 people, most of whom are civilians, died because of terrorism in the war-stricken countries. Approximately 45 percent of Middle Easterners lost their lives, but there were only 13 percent articles in circulation. Meanwhile, less than one percent died because of terrorism in the US and Western Europe, but The New York Times published 70 percent articles solely for this.
The Filter Bubble
Most media observers refer to this anomaly as an echo chamber or a filter bubble. Most people prefer relevant or newsworthy topics, which then provide them an inaccurate perception of the real condition of the world. In fact, the media is just giving the readers what they want just to earn more profit in return. However, people wrongly utilize this information to understand what really is happening around them, instead of recognizing that what they hear is actually selective.
It all boils down to keeping the reader’s interests in mind and earning profit at the same time. People should learn to filter the facts and adjust the selective content that they receive.