The slogan of “bad news sells” is well known and easy to be proved, however, it wasn’t till the other day I realized how much the media can twist something into bad news.

A few days a 5 year old girl was sadly killed in crossfire between two rival gangs. She was playing in her parents corner shop and one gang member ran into it to hide and a rival gang pursued him in, the little girl was caught in between as the pursuers shot at the rival gang member.

A few days later I saw a headline that read “What sort of a world do we live in where a 5 year old girl is shot?” to any unknowing passer by it the title makes it seem she was shot deliberately, and condemns the society we live in. The headline made me realize how much power the media have over us and our opinions.

Having studied media studies for 2 years in school I have become much more aware of the media and what it does. This article would obviously have taken the stand point that the world is corrupt, we’re all killing each other and no one is safe Cue Maximum Media Paranoia Mode.

So the point of this is to say;

  • Be careful what you read and how you read it
  • Try to read between the lines, don’t just take what they say at face value
  • Don’t let a reporter you’ll probably never meet make up your own mind for you