Once I tried to find information about George W. Bush’s State of the Union speech thus I went to the White House’s web page. This was not my first time when I was looking for the certain page hence I remembered that address www.whitehouse.com used to be some kind of a porn domain, now it is called America’s free speech forum, so I did not try that. However, instead of typing the correct address, that is www.whitehouse.gov, I made a mistake and I wrote www.whitehouse.org that is actually a page that makes fun of the whole presidential institution. Graphics were quite convincing thus I believed that I was in the right place and I even found State of the Union speech. It took me a minute to realize that I was fooled. This is an example of media’s ability to create realities. In this case it was finally quite obvious that www.whitehouse.org does not describe reality but on the other hand it would be easy to make just slight changes to the real domain and people could take that information as truth. That is to say media creates reality every day: they give us pieces to collect and solve the puzzle that is our reality and picture of the world.
As well as all the documents or TV programs generally also Michael Moore’s political movie Fahrenheit 9/11 is an attempt to create a reality. Basically
The paradoxical reality of media is that even when the media tries to tell “the truth” its original meaning changes. In other words one cannot describe “the truth” because there is no such thing. We all are individuals with a different kind of picture of the world: what is a reality for one is an unreality for another. One cannot see the colors in the same way with others so how could they agree with such a difficult concept as politics? According to John Collins and Ross Glover we are all targets for language, and we are all affected by it as well. Regardless of the truth of the words, language produces effects beyond its meaning (Collins and Glover 2002, p. 2). As one might expect media, not always if ever, tries to describe reality because its financial supporters and owners have their own preferences and goals. Under these circumstances the paradox is that when trying to tell the truth media changes the truth and creates its reality.
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To conclude, it is difficult to define a reality or a truth. In that case media is playing the main role when creating the reality. As constructivist scholars Colin and Glover proves language is the crucial factor of political action. We all are targets of language: after all we are parts of the reality. Orwellian newspeak develops new definitions of words thus it helps the totalitarian system to control its citizens (Orwell 1990, p.312-326). Fortunately in representative democracy we have our voice to say how to explain reality and politics. As follows: By criticizing
Collins J. & Glover R.: 2004, Collateral Language, New York Press, p.2.
Orwell, George: 1990 (1949), Nineteen Eighty-four, Penguine Books, p. 312-326.
Welch etc.: 2006, Understanding American Govt 8th W/Gerston'S Calif Politics & Govt 8th, Thomson, p. 139.
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