Scott & Sarah Kennedy

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

News or Views?

I just watched the 6:00 news on TV one. There was a slot on smacking. The report told us of Michael Drake's school Carey College sending home a brochure on "How to smack your children". This 'report' once again proved that we are not watching news but propaganda. People not only tell us what happened, they tell us what to think about what happened. Unfortunately there are too may people in New Zealand who have both never been taught to think for themselves, and don't realise they are being told what to think.

What a wonderful tool of societal chage the media can be. Let's buy it.


  • All those programs about how to use psychology to tame your unruly child have come out at a convenient time too. Why do I feel like a lemming..?

    By Anonymous ropata, at 11:29 PM, August 24, 2005  

  • I caught both the tvone and tv3 report on the issue. It's interesting watching the anchorperson trying to maintain a 'neutral' attitude when introducing the article.
    Unfortunately, the reporters for the articles themselves weren't quite so restrained, as Scotty has observed.

    By Anonymous Dan, at 8:06 AM, August 25, 2005  

  • Yeah I'm keen, I could put in like 5 bucks.

    Sure TV3 you could think may be portraying the view of it's owner... some may say fair enough, some may not. But with TVNZ it's State owned! There's no excuse for it not to be neutral!

    By Anonymous Jonathan, at 9:42 AM, August 25, 2005  

  • I think you're dad should put out a pamphlet and then he can get on T.V:)

    By Anonymous Alexandra, at 10:29 AM, August 25, 2005  

  • Thing is, Micahel didn't even write the pamphlet. You can check out the pamphlet yourself at:-

    It's one of the pamphlets on that site.

    Question:- Is media neutrality achievable?

    By Anonymous Scotty, at 11:23 AM, August 25, 2005  

  • Add a .nz to that link sorry.

    By Anonymous Scotty, at 11:29 AM, August 25, 2005  

  • Yes, but it is difficult to achieve. unfortunately with the majority of the world's media the way they are, very few work to try and keep this 'neutrality' even if they do their best to provide both sides of coin. B/c every one of us has a bias that we tend to lean towards (due to our background, experiences and personal opinion on things to name a few) which can be difficult at times to not let it come thru when talking/writing about certain topics.

    By Anonymous Silla, at 3:31 PM, August 26, 2005  

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