- 2016年07月13日11:58 来源：小站整理
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News media have become influential to our lives, and some people think that is a negative development. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Certainly, the news media today have to adapt to many technological changes. Nevertheless, some feel that nowdays they play more pivotal roles in our lives and this is negative. Although I have my doubts, I tend to agree and will explain my view below.
Admittedly, there could be reasons for siding against this. Firstly, and most obviously, there are more entertainment options today to distract us from the news. By using devices such as smartphones and tablets, many users can spend hours listening to music and gaming, leading to them not only avoiding traditional media like television but also arguably being less aware of current events. Secondly, for those who do consume news, this could help them become better informed. My cousin Tom, for example, a first year university student, reads voratiously online, obsessively learning about global warming. This, certainly, has caused him to become more politically active and involved in community initiatives.
Despite this, I believe that news media have become more pervasive and this has had adverse effects on our lives. One reason for this is that they are, in my view, often influenced by the government. When this happens, such as in North Korea, the authorities can carefully censor the information their citizens receive, in turn, broadly speaking, silencing many critics. What this invariably does is restrict criticism and stifle democracy. Another is that news media ownership is, more often than not, limited to a small number of companies, which can creat monopolies. A good case in point is Fox, owned by the mogul Rupert Murdoch, as it covers a vast number of media channels worldwide. As such, it can push its conservative agenda to a large number of people, which is why, ultimately, it is more prevalent in our lives.
Overall, I believe that, while some people can escape the news media and they may be positive for others, they are generally difficult to avoid and negative.