We need to understand that having news sources available is not just simply enough. What is more I believe you should be aware that information can be abuse and there are journalists, who are paid for this. It is very important to have the ability to understand where the news coming from, what the source of information it is, can I trust this particular media or not, what I believe and what I do not believe. All of us need to be media literate.News literacy is really about audience development, because the audience is what makes democracy go. Our dear reader, I want you know that you have the power and the right to be critical news consumer and to change the propaganda machine in the media all over the world. It is extremely important for good citizenship.
The thing you need to know…
There is a propaganda and facts manipulation over all in the media, especially in those we all are used to follow and there are journalists who admit this fact and openly talk about it. We all know how strongly works Russian propaganda machine, but very little we hear about US or EU one.
Coming back to year 1977 an American investigative journalist and author Carl Bernstein wrote about the influence of the CIAon the media. Another German journalist Udo Ulfkotte , who was an editor for the German main daily newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung not so long ago admitted that the CIA and German intelligence (BND) bribe journalists in Germany to write pro-NATO propaganda articles.
In 2014, Ulfkotte published his book "Bought Journalists" ("Gekaufte Journalisten"), in which he reveals that the CIA and other secret services pay money to journalists to report a particular story in a certain light.
What to Do About It
I want to raise your curiosity of mass media manipulation and press independence in the world and to awake your awareness that lies in news do exist. Just check out who owns the most popular media agencies, channels and broadcasting productions, and then answer for yourself if I can trust those people.
When you have an overwhelming situation in your life you can do one things from three: you will fight to change it, you can accept it or you can just stay away from it. In our new media world is very difficult to escape from the information, so you can accept all of this this, what is ‘given on the table’ or you can be engaged and try to change it somehow only you can.
There is such a term in media field as citizen journalism or "street" journalism, which means that basically everyone can be a reporter. It happens if you playing an active role in the process of collecting, analyzing, and disseminating news and information.
When you share a piece of information, special in social network, remember you still communicate to an audience and you need to be responsible behind that.
If you just try to think a bit critically about the information, you get through official media resources, maybe you will find out for yourself what really goes on behind the scenes of politic, economic and entertainment industry. Just try to distinguish between facts and opinions in this ocean of data.
I also strongly recommend you to watch films "Wag the dog" (1997) by Barry Levinson and "Thank you for smoking" (2005) by Jason Reitman. Those two very good satire movies are dedicated to agenda setting.
And if you are interested in alternative news, here are some for you to consider: