The media focus too much on opinions, rather than facts. Do you agree?

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The media focus too much on opinions, rather than facts. Do you agree? by Mind Map: The media focus too much on opinions, rather than facts. Do you agree?

1. Opinions(An opinion is a brief judgement by a party but it one which cannot be justified or verified)

1.1. Why Is Necessary?

1.1.1. People will be provided with wholesome views with which they can throughly and carefully analyse the arguments for and against a topic and can see how a certain issue can be approached in various manners rather than a single monotonous one. Eg. BBC HARDTalk, where speakers debate openly about pressing issues

1.2. Consequences of too much opinions on media

1.2.1. Danger of true information being heavily fabricated and strong and poignant arguments would be widely used to sway people into believing or to espouse a cause or topic, without the facts. Egs. The strong debates on the American invasion on Iraq in 2003, with various views being presented by journalists. Tweakings in the information on politics. Example, during the recent British elections, the media focused a lot on the mistake that the winning candidate, Mr Gordon Brown made, like when he insulted an old women. Debates also on how he was not the capable candidate might also have led to citizens' unhappiness over his win and hence made him quit.

1.3. Reasons for media being too opinionated

1.3.1. Profit-driven media industries would stop at nothing to provide sensational news just to retain viewership. However, this may come at the cost of facts being distorted radically and projecting an image far different from what actually is.

2. Facts (A fact is a statement that can be proven true (or false) with some objective standard)

2.1. Why Is It Necessary?

2.1.1. Facts are truths which are indisputable & provide the basis for arguments, without which everyone will be influenced by biased perspectives and thus robbing them of their own ability to generate personal viewpoints based on what is true.

2.2. Not true that the media does not focus too much on facts too

2.2.1. The media was instrumental in informing the public about recent scientific advancements/artistic information/environment etc. Basically provides a layman's view of complex issues so that the masses may understand in general the progress that is being made in various fields Earth Day Science & Tech section in Newspapers

2.2.2. Provides us with information regarding foreign affairs and ongoings, without which there would be no reliable source to back up any claim of happenings around the world. Financial News, which helps investors around the world shape their decisions Wall Street Journal Financial Times Stock Markets Social News, which informs us of daily, intriguing news globally Sporting News- ESPN ,Star Sports Natural Disasters Political News, informs masses on the political situation in other countries Sri Lanka/LTTE conflict Recent British Elections Thai Protests

3. Balance between Fact/Opinion

3.1. As much as the media tries to provides us with facts, one must note that any piece of information does have a hint of objectivity attached to it and thus it is hard for the media to remain bias free always. What is important is that there is a balance of both. Facts must be presented clearly and if need be in a slightly opinionated manner. However, not to the extent that the gist of the facts are distorted and the information that intended to reach the masses, in the end, is completely different.