The Media is a Myth

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“The news media in the West pose a far greater danger to Western civilization than Russia does.” — Tweet by Dennis Prager

People talk about “the media” almost as much as they talk about “they.” But who are “they?” And what is “the media?”

“Media” is the plural of “medium.” A medium, in the media sense, is something that’s used by one person to communicate a message to others. “The media” includes every single medium. Every newspaper is part of “the media.” So is every magazine. So is every radio station, television station, movie distributor, blog host, chat group, social network. “The media” is Twitter and Google+ and My Space and Instagram and Facebook. Everyone who communicates on paper, radio, television, film, or Internet is part of “they” and part of “the media.”

“The Media” is actually a concept that exists in the human mind. But in terms of physical reality, there is no such thing as “the media.” You can’t smell it, feel it, taste it, hear it, or see it. You can sense a part of it, like watch a television news program or listen to a radio show or read this blog post.

But what about the conspiracy of “the liberal media” or “the conservative media?” I’ve worked for “the media” for a long time. I’ve written for newspapers, magazines, books, radio, television, the Internet, and more. For years I wrote five days a week for a Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper. I don’t remember even once being told if I was supposed to be liberal or conservative. And I don’t remember ever talking to someone who worked for another medium to coordinate what slant we were going to give to the news. I was much too busy doing my job.

But Dennis Prager, and apparently many others, sees the media in the West as a vast conspiracy, a greater threat to America than Russia. Interestingly, Dennis Prager is a radio show host (media), a columnist (media), an author (media), a public speaker (media), and has his own “Prager University” which is actually his media company (media) that posts on Facebook (media), all coming from the West….

Photo of Dennis Prager by Gage Skidmore is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Dennis Prager’s tweet is here.

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Alden is a philosopher, personist, writer, playwright, screenwriter, director, actor, poet, photographer, dumbek drummer, roleplayer, and educator. Worked for others and freelance as a journalist, investigator, columnist, reviewer, teacher, animal caregiver, photographer, and dishwasher. Claims e doesn’t care about money, but always needs more. Recognized by Phi Theta Kappa, Golden Key International Honor Society, the U. S. Jaycees, and groups of like ilk. They don’t necessarily like em, but they recognize em. Graduated summa cum laude from some university that apparently figured the best way to get rid of em was to graduate em. Alden has worked with Emmy, Oscar, Tony, and Pulitzer Prize Nominees and Winners but they never shared their awards! Alden has dual citizenship in the Principality of Sealand and the United States of America. His official title for Sealand is Lord Alden Loveshade. E thinks that makes em sound impressive.

13 thoughts on “The Media is a Myth

  1. Never thought of it that way. I don’t see all those companies working together. They’re in competition. Not one thing.

  2. American seem to see conspiracies everywhere these days. It’s as if the whole country has paranoid schizophrenia.

    People see paganism that way too as if it’s unified. Paganism is incredibly diverse and individualistic. Different pagan groups are very different just like news mediums.

    I feel people should stop worrying so much about conspiracies and start dealing with real issues.

  3. As a journalist, my experience is basically the same as Alden’s. Other than the newspaper wanting feature articles to be entertaining, I’ve never been told to put a slant to the news. We are supposed to present news as news. There is no conspiracy here.

  4. You are part of the LIBERAL MEDIA CONSPIRACY and your COVERING UP! YOU KNOW YOU DO work secretly with your COMRADES to bring us FAKE NEWS and make DONALD TRUMP look bad! DONALD TRUMP is the GREATEST PRESIDENT in AMERICAN HISTORY!! Anybody who disagrees is a COMMUNIST or an IDIOT!! Stop your LIES and the the TRUTH!!! THE MEDIA is a LEFTIST LIBERAL ATHEIST DEMOCRAT CONSPIRACY TO DESTROY AMERICA!!! You are fooling NOBODY but IDIOTS!!!!!

  5. It’s blaming “them” for all your problems. As long as you blame them, you don’t have to do anything to help yourself or take responsibility for what you do. It’s an excuse.

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