Mass Media and Political Manipulation by Ari

April 8, 2019


Mass Media and Political Manipulation

I’m changing my topic to be mass media political manipulation.

Ebsco Source: “Do Mass Media Influence the Political Behavior of Citizens.” The Guide to Winning Elections, 26 Nov. 2013,

“One must not forget another interesting fact about the media. Their political influence extends far beyond newspaper reports and articles of a direct political nature, or television programs connected with current affairs that bear upon politics. In a much more subtle way, they can influence people’s thought patterns by other means, like “goodwill” stories, pages dealing with entertainment and popular culture, movies, TV “soaps”, “educational” programs. All these types of information form human values, concepts of good and evil, right and wrong, sense and nonsense, what is “fashionable” and “unfashionable,” and what is “acceptable” and “unacceptable”. These human value systems, in turn, shape people’s attitude to political issues, influence how they vote and therefore determine who holds political power.”

A part of this article talks about how media sources use non-direct techniques to sway peoples’ thinking which subsequently influences how they perceive politics. This is what Buzzfeed and SNL and other sources* have been accused of doing. It is manipulating the whole human perspective as a technique to indirectly influence peoples’ political alignment and ideologies.