News, truth, and lies.
These are the three words that pop into my head when I think of journalism.
One is not like the other, right?
This is where yellow journalism and media manipulation come in.
Coined from a character in the popular comic, Hogan’s Alley, in the New York World, yellow journalism relied heavily on exaggerated headlines and, sometimes, fabricated stories. Back in the 1890s, two newspaper giants, New York World and New York Journal, were determined to be the more popular one. William Randolph Hearst, the owner of New York Journal, decided to take matters into his own hands and, basically, start a war with Cuba. After the sinking of a battleship, Hearst wrote a story with no evidence, blamed the Spanish, and the rest is history.
I guess this just shows that people can become so greedy they might even start wars.
Media manipulation, a newer term in journalism, is literally what it sounds like. It manipulates everything we read. Everything we hear. Everything we watch. In simpler times, with news manipulation, we only had to worry about government propaganda. But now, because we have so many social platforms, everything posted online can be shaped and distorted to whatever the creator wants.
Even though this sounds horrible or whatever, I kind of understand. Why?
Because I’m a media manipulator as well. We all are.
In social media, I carefully choose what I want to put out there. I want to project a certain image, not something that will completely show who I am.
Sounds a little hypocritical, right? Well, at least I’m honest about that.