The Complicity in Mass Media



Media_CyprusI have come to the conclusion there is not much hope for a nation where the system manipulates citizens day-in and day-out for all sorts of reasons but primarily for self-interests. Without meritocracy or transparency, it works like clockwork to protect itself from any radical proposals or changes that may destabilize or pose a threat to the status quo.

One of its main allies has been the mass media but especially television; a media that has often chosen to abandon its principles of true journalism: “to truthfully inform and report without bias” It’s as if there is a grand scheme to maintain citizens in a docile state of mind as not to disrupt the cozy economic and power-sharing relationship of a corporate and controlling political elite.

I consider words in the media and television more dangerous than bullets…!

TV stations in Cyprus are forever broadcasting uninspiring programs in peoples living rooms and viewers are constantly being bombarded with political party rhetoric, frivolous shows and brainless soap operas that ascribe to a third world mentality. Citizens are being fed with “titillating rubbish” to pollute their minds as a distraction of the real issues affecting the nation and their lives; issues such as the economy, unemployment, poverty, uncertainty for the future and much more.

One could reasonably ask:
Where is the unbiased media coverage of free-minded brains of academics, engineers, scientists, professionals, experts and other worthy citizens that can actually make a difference and free the minds of citizens from a bad political system controlled by bad policies that produces bad results?

Citizens and young people are inspired, motivated and look up-to role models of excellence. Good examples are crucial to encourage others, and Cyprus has many such good examples of brilliance, including amazing talents and brains, but they are utterly ignored by the media and the system; not unless they are linked with the current political party malaise.

Meaningful information that offers citizens access to opposing views is crucial and necessary for a healthy democracy. Cypriots are a resilient race and Cyprus has the potential of becoming a great nation, but only when the people’s minds are liberated from a regressive political system that destroys incentives.


12 COMMENTS

  1. By far most of Greek media pushes leftist ideological outlook. Virtually nothing on Hellenism. The same style programs you find in America, are they exact same you find in Greece. Leftists aren’t Greeks anymore they are leftist Americans. Better understood as ethnic Leftists than Greeks. Their entire worldview revolves around parroting cliches and beliefs of leftists in other nations.

  2. So what the author is trying to say is to bombard people with shows such as the depressive economy state, unemployment, crime around the world, NASA space ships blowing up mid air, the refugee crisis, the grim outlook in Cyprus & the world would depress a person even more.

    Maybe people watch these Turkish soaps or whatever brain freeze shows there is to get away from it all….for an hour that is.

    I know sometimes after a long day at work I like to relax my brain without thinking to much by watching the Kardashians

    If you want to watch academics in action…go to a University.

  3. So what the author is trying to say is to bombard people with shows such as the depressive economy state, unemployment, crime around the world, NASA space ships blowing up mid air, the refugee crisis, the grim outlook in Cyprus & the world would depress a person even more.

    Maybe people watch these Turkish soaps or whatever brain freeze shows there is to get away from it all….for an hour that is.

    I know sometimes after a long day at work I like to relax my brain without thinking to much by watching the Kardashians

    If you want to watch academics in action…go to a University.

  4. “By far most of Greek media pushes leftist ideological outlook.”

    ok i got to ask you damaged in the head?

    It is the exact opposite.

    Seriously first you bash syriza for being leftists.

    Then you bash the centerist party claiming it is leftist, now you saying that the right party is left and the media who are known to work for the oligarhcs are leftistst.

    WTF???

    “The same style programs you find in America, are they exact same you find in Greece.”

    No, that is nonsense, Usa has a lot of leftist journos eg the journo mailing list, all that blah blah about feminism and gay and trans rights, you dont see that in greek media.

    I wonder who you side with? obviously not with anel or new democracy must be golden dawn.

  5. That you see criticizing COMMUNISTS as “bashing” says more about you than me comrade.

    What extreme leftists like you fail to understand is your conceptualization of what represents “central” is actually in the left. If

    As for Greek media… go watch Greece has got Talent than tell me with straight face Greek programming isn’t like American programming.,

    I don’t like ANEL (allies with communists) nor Golden Dawn (fascists). I like Hellenism though.

  6. The problem with most Greek leftists is they think left and right means the same in all countries. They oversimplify complex politics.

    The part you don’t get is Greece is EXTREME left (as evidenced by the election of our Marxist PM – whom you support and didn’t even know was a communist). If we took the party of ND (which most leftist Greeks thing is “far right” and transplanted into US, it would be somewhere between Democrats and Republicans. Republicans would argue ND were LEFTISTS!

    Essentially the main ones that see ND as extreme right are the extreme left. The ones that treat COMMUNISTS as if they are liberals. When someone is that extreme to the left of course everything will look far rightwing.

  7. You implied that Greek programming isn’t like American programming no? I am giving you clear cut example to demonstrate you don’t know what are talking about. (Just like you didn’t know that Tsipiras is a Marxist while you lecture on Greek politics).

    Your view of Greek politics and society is clearly very superficial. You hear Tsipiras is left wing so you fantasize he’s a liberal. You lecture on things you clearly have little knowledge about much less insight.

  8. Sure buddy. I am a “clown”… meanwhile you are the guy that tells us to vote for Tsipiras while not knowing he’s a Marxist.