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The Public Sees the World not as It Is,but through the Filters of the Media
Journalism & Communication
Pages 10 (2510 words)
The philosophical merit of the belief that the world does not access a true, centered notion of reality depends on the ability to prove the validity of the assumption that there is, in fact, no true, centered reality for humans to access or to know. If a true reality behind appearances does in fact exist, then it is meaningless to speak of it unless human beings can access its truths—the kind of objective truths that we seek when conducting science or philosophy.
The question, then, becomes—manufactured by whom? Also relevant is the question of what is being manufactured. Reality, as some thinkers would say, is what is being manufactured and is being done so by the media, which developed countries are increasingly reliant upon for information about the world. The purpose of this paper is to find examples and principles regarding how media constructs reality, with particular emphasis on the construction and imposition of gender, and how this construction interferes with the notion of a real reality. First, however, it is important to start with definitions of important terms; the first of these terms is “culture.” In saying that a culture is responsible for manufacturing truth, one is suggesting that shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices of a group are creating an integrated pattern of symbols to represent its beliefs, knowledge, and ideas. In other words, a culture is a set of shared attributes of a group, which has the capability of creating a symbolic system that represents those shared attributes. ...
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