When did people quit thinking for themselves?
December 9, 2007 10:30pm CST
I've heard so much discussion lately about the movie, "The Golden Compass", as well as the controversies over which holiday greeting to use, etc. Why does the media think no one can think for themselves? All my friends take all of this with a grain of salt, and make up thier own minds about what they will say, what religion they will follow, what movies they will watch. Are people really that pliable? It seems that everyone here can think and express themselves adequately, and have an opinion on everything, which is good. So why does the media think that we can't make up our own minds, and have to be told what to do, as if we are mindless?
• Saint Lucia
10 Dec 07
you are right dude. i mean people thought the attack on the movie The Golden Compass was bad when i heard about the " Ho! Ho! Ho! " was banned, man all that just freaked me out. i believe that people can say whatever they want it's all up to how you take it. i guess it's like the old saying: 'peter pays for paul'
• United States
12 Dec 07
LOL I heard about that Ho Ho Ho thing too. What nonesense! The media blow every little thing out of proportion and get people all upset about things that are really of no consequence. I read somewhere that while someone can give offense, the other person has to take it in order for them to be offended. If you ignore what someone says, then you haven't been offended. But you have to actively take offense to be offended. Its a two way street, and the media just keeps it stirred up all the time.
11 Dec 07
It is not so much about the media thinking that you cannot think for yourself. It is more about the media trying to control you by telling you what to think. They don't won't you to think for yourself. They want you to do what they tell you to do. The media is paid by companies to promote what the company sells. The government also pays the media to promote its policies. Because of this... you cannot really believe anything the media tells you.
10 Dec 07
First and foremost, I can't react regarding the movie, "The Golden Compass". But regarding the media and its workings, I'm a bit concerned about this, too. You see, I've been observing and comparing the people of yesteryears and the young generation of today. And I've noticed that their moral values have changed in a way. They seem to have demoralized and I believe that the media has contributed a lot to this result. I'm not saying that media is all that bad. But there are some issues that back then, aren't so open or admitted. For instance, when one watches television and say, a respected person is interviewed and bluntly states his otherwise absurd opinion regarding a scandal or controversy; sometimes he is even immitated by others. At times, the wrongful act by an artist is made reasonable and treated as "humane" by the media. Nowadays, one should really make it a serious matter when watching tv specially when their kids do watch the shows.
• United States
10 Dec 07
It seems that information is more readily available now than ever before, but why don't people form their own opinions? Why do we listen to one person or the other and then adopt their view? Surely, we can't all be that mindless, but when I see people like Brittany Spears get more air time than the war in Iraq, it makes me wonder.