Mass information in the media has caused readers to stop caring about real issues.
in the media has caused readers to stop caring about real issues.
used to be a time when a journalist could write an exposéand
someone, somewhere would care. Take for example,when
Nick Davis called out Rupert Murdoch for hacking phones left,
right and centre. Uproar.
Flash forward to
2017 andTrump is President.
Somehow a man who has been accused of a variety of heinous
activities, most of which are illegal, has become the most powerful
man in the world.
Somewhere along the
road people stopped respondingto
shocking discoveries.We became
In an article written by
Professor Christopher J Ferguson for the Huffington
Post, Ferguson defineddesensitisationas:
"a decreased emotional response to aversive stimuli."
In an ever evolving worldof
digital media,readers are bombarded
with information whether they have sought it out themselves or
not. Individuals can google a person and will immediately be greeted
with countless pages of information on that person. We are
constantly sifting through media stimuli and choosing what to keep
and what todiscard.
In the case of Trump there
was too much information. Although it's no secret that Trump and the
media don't get on, in a perverse way the media actually helped his
campaign. By constantly calling out his lies and reporting on
the mediaover stimulated our
psyches with Trump. The effect was damning.Like
an over-saturated sponge, readers allowed information to seep out of
their brains. Therein lies the problem.Unable
to take on aversive stories about Trump, readers started to ignore
them. As we all learned atschool,
ignoring the problem doesn't make it go away.
The issue of
over-saturationdoesn't start and end
with Trump. It happens every day on a variety of issues. It is clear
the media needs to tackle the problem, what isn't clear is how.
One thing is for sure
though, we can not allow ourselves to go on like this.