Some people believe that the media is constantly trying to direct our attention away from the more important topics in the world and in our country. When researching this topic I found multiple opinions for whether or not the media is biased toward certain topics and against others. Some people said that it was too much information in too little time, and that it was because of how the brain separates the important from the unimportant things in our fast-paced media world. Others said that the media was deliberately using sensationalism to distract the people from the more important topics. People also take the stance that it doesn’t really matter what the media does and that if it doesn’t have a direct affect on them they don’t want to hear about it.
Many people believe the theory that the media is purposefully not covering sad stories or ones that are in other more “peripheral nations”. People believe this because throughout history, many of the world’s deadliest conflicts, particularly those in Africa, have been frozen out of the mainstream media. The wars in Africa are of little interest to the U.S. because they are happening to people too far away, who are too different, living in countries that are simply not ‘important’ enough. But some argue that the amount of interest shown may have less to do with a nation’s power or importance and more to do with the general contours of the global political system