The media promote important issues?

Updated 2018 07 19: Added graphs of trend lines pertaining to things that matter.

The media promote important issues?  Are those issues important for the well-being of society or to a variety of specific parties?

In making the required updates to finish the reformatting of the website of Fathers for Life, I discovered an important omission.  The Table of Contents for Media Issues was missing.  I added that ToC, to cover,

The media, media giants, media industry, media prostitution and other media issues

Thousands of media messages bombard the mind of every individual each day throughout his life.  No one can avoid being indoctrinated, even brainwashed by them, by what he reads on bill boards and in the newspapers or sees and hears in programs and advertisements on radio and TV.  That process goes on from cradle to grave, every day, incessantly and intrusively — so much so that the vast majority of people no longer even notices that is going on.

Media issues pervade the web pages of Fathers for Life.  That cannot be avoided.  The news-, newspaper-, broadcast- and publishing media are the vehicles by means of which the war against families and fathers is brought to where it counts and is made to work, in our minds.

Of course, the media could also be used to promote family values and respect for men and fathers.  That would give us once more a healthy and productive society, but that is not what the family-hostile ideology that controls our media wants.

–Walter


Update 2018 07 19

Do the media promote important issues?

Trends of things that matter

Google Trends can be used to compare the relative frequencies of things that are of interest to the public over time.  Here are the trends of a few of those things.   Do the media promote important issues?

Fatherhood is important in any society that intends to do well, but the interest in fatherhood has been declining over the years.

The media promote important issues? • Fatherhood -- Interest over time 2004 to 2018

Fatherhood
Interest over time 2004 to 2018

Motherhood should be expected to be more important than fatherhood, in a society that aims to abrogate the traditional nuclear family, perhaps not so much in a society that views humanity as a cancer on the face of Gaia.

The media promote important issues? • Fatherhood vs. Motherhood -- Interest over time 2004 to 2018

Fatherhood vs. Motherhood
Interest over time 2004 to 2018

Bread and games were the things intended to focus the attention of the masses during the decline and fall of the Roman Empire.  So, how is it with that now?   Do the media promote important issues?

The media promote important issues? • Parents vs. Bread and Games -- Interest over time 2004 to 2018

Parents vs. Bread and Games
Interest over time 2004 to 2018

Food vs. obesity — The developed nations have an over-abundance of food, as well as (in at least some of the developed nations) an escalating problem with obesity.

That is to be expected, when people’s interest in physical activities is trumped by an obsession with food.  After all, the media inundate their clients with ads and commercials that promote the consumption of food, while very little is being done to motivate people to be physically active.

The World Health Organization sees obesity as a problem of great and escalating concern.

Obesity and overweight

16 February 2018

Key facts

  • Worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975.
  • In 2016, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of these over 650 million were obese.
  • 39% of adults aged 18 years and over were overweight in 2016, and 13% were obese.
  • Most of the world’s population live in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight.
  • 41 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2016.
  • Over 340 million children and adolescents aged 5-19 were overweight or obese in 2016.
  • Obesity is preventable.

More…

Surely, those concerns should be reflected in the relative levels of interest that people have in food and obesity, but the opposite appears to be the case.  Can we be sure that the media promote important issues?

The media promote important issues? • Food vs. Obesity<br />Interest over time 2004 to 2018

Food vs. Obesity
Interest over time 2004 to 2018

Well then, what about children vs. pets? Surely, children, the most important asset of a society, the one and only asset that ensures a society’s continued existence, must rank top-most in what matters to a society, much higher than a society’s pets.  So far, that is still true, but it is also true that our society’s interest in children is declining, as our interest in pets (largely due to the media’s promotion of the interests of the pet food industry) is ever so gradually turning into an over-riding obsession.

The media promote important issues? • Pets vs. Children -- Interest over time 2004 to 2018

Pets vs. Children
Interest over time, 2004 to 2018

Those are just a few thoughts on what is important.  Experiment with Google Trends and try to determine whether any socially constructive trends over time are rising in interest over those that are primarily of commercial interest to interested parties.  The question remains:  Do the media promote important issues?


#TrendsOfThingsThatMatter

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