The Road to a True Election

Seeing the biases

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Daniel’s Reply to thecsmajor

You are right. There will always be bias in the media. Subconsciously our own ideas creep into our writing and it is very hard to suppress this. That is why leveling the amount of media coming from both sides is a good solution for trying to level the biased media. There are always going to bias’ so we have to find a different way to combat this. 

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Daniel’s Reply to Madi Huber

I do agree that both sides of the media can be biased but the amount of Liberal media is much more than the amount of Conservative media. Leveling this would make the media more fair even though there are still bias’ within the group. A good idea to get voters more interested in politics is making politics more simple. New laws can come in packets with thousands of pages and no one wants to read through all of that. The media needs to make these issues more accessible to the public by making it more simple. This would increase interest in politics within the public.

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Lauren’s Reply to madi-huber:

You bring up some really interesting questions. I think that reporters choose to use misleading graphs to exaggerate their point. They understand that the lazier America gets, the more they need to do to get our attention. And we LOVE exaggerations. I always think it’s funny when I play telephone because by the end it is never what was said in the beginning. Exaggerations are fun because they are never what they really seem and reality can get a bit boring sometimes. So to jazz up life and spark the interest of their readers, reporters/journalists will exaggerate graphs to perk up the ears and eyes of their readers. 

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Lauren’s Reply to thecsmajor:

Thank you. Yes, it is really easy to be misled by graphs. Especially when these graphs come from “trusted sources.” I think that the word trusted is getting thrown around more and more as the tactics the media uses to influence people evolves to be more and more devious. This really seems to be affecting those who don’t even realize what the media is doing to deceive them. Because as technology becomes more readily available and as our nation becomes more fast-paced then the lazier we get. Not just physically, but mentally as well. And when our minds choose to just skip over important evidence (such as graphs) then we miss the deception and are deceived anyways.

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Lauren’s Reply to alarso:

Oh I absolutely wish we could restrict that as well. The problem I’m afraid with that is people would start to get really huffy and upset about it possibly limiting their freedom of speech. I totally understand what you mean by not being fooled by the graph. I took an AP Stats class my senior year of high school and I definitely have him to thank for not taking things just as they are. I learned that you have to really learn to question things for yourself. Don’t automatically just assume everything that “experts” may say is correct. 

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Gabrielle’s Response 2

Response 2:

The progression of the post is in some ways a parallel with the biased ways a candidate can be portrayed and how the biased view of appearances has evolved and grown into such a relevant problem today. This issue started off a more broad unimportant thing. However, now years past the first televised debate it has grown to be a substantial issue. It is constantly changing and hardly ever can give solid facts.

The internet is always a touchy thing because we’ve now all grown so accustomed to it, it’d be challenging to pick out the false or biased things. I believe rather then getting rid of it (or altering the internet), we as American voters need to learn to sift through to find the facts, that way maybe we could find a more long-term solution and remedy to the problem.

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Gabrielle’s Response

Response 1:

I am glad to hear that my issue was relatable to you and hopefully to the general public. I find it to be a topic that everybody knows about (to some extreme) but hardly any body outwardly or publicly addresses. I think its also interesting how subtle a topic it is considering the possibility for such a large interest the public could show for it. All the “hype”, like you mentioned, about insignificant details is our main issue at hand. It is really astonishing the amount of popularity a candidate can gain by a skewed view or slant the media or his appearance creates. 
For people to successfully get out of this rut we’ve made, thinking individually is key-that “little bit of research” can go a very long way in the long run. Essentially, it can dictate who will be our country’s leader. 

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INTRODUCTION: AWARENESS OF BIASES

Do you believe every word the media says? Most people don’t believe every word the media says, but if you’re saying it doesn’t affect you than you’re fooling yourself. The 2012 presidential election is the hot topic of today’s media. Often the individuals of this country already have a predisposed idea of who they want to vote for because of their appearance or things they’ve heard or seen from the press. Can you see where this is a problem?

        

Our natural tendencies lead us to judge a book by its cover. Appearances can create false identities which make candidates seem better than what they truly are. People must be more aware of their own judgment towards people in order to make better assumptions and opinions towards the candidates.


Here are some ideas how:

1. Be aware of the issues-know what the international and domestic issues are.

2. Look up the facts-see how each candidate feels about these issues and what they plan on doing to solve them. 

3. Read rather than watch-this will allow you to make judgments based on their ideals not their physical appeals.

 

These are just a few ideas of how to make your own opinion not just parroting what others have said.  


The media often highlights candidates’ best and worst characteristics other than their actual stances. What the media puts in the newspapers, TV, social medias, etc., is what the public sees and instantly bases their judgment on such when they should do individual research to build their foundation on their decisions and opinions.

This also puts into effect media bias towards a candidate resulting in biased opinions from the people.  Even in newspapers, a journalists’ hidden opinion can be seen in their writing when they are supposed be free of any bias’s towards one party or the other.  This affects voters’ decisions on who to vote for when the decision should come
 from the individual and not the media.

With these two influences the negativity can easily be seen. Though occasionally it can provide some helpful facts, more often than not outward appearances and the media create opinions of voters based on false pretenses. This demonstrates the need for awareness for those eligible to vote in America.

People must become aware of their biased tendencies and learn to put a little more effort into research and finding their own facts rather than taking biased opinions from the media and making it their own. This will help the voters to better use their right to vote because they are voting for themselves rather than what others have influenced them to vote. And we will have a more honest and true election.