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    if yes why? Give real life example/situation
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    If your free will is being controlled by the media you must be a very weak willed person :s:
    I can see how the media can be used to influence people's opinions, especially if it portrays a convincing bias towards one particular viewpoint, as 'media' whether in print or in other forms is very far reaching...
    But free will not so much...
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    Free will exists within our perception of the world. Whether the media can alter that perception, perhaps, would be an equally important question...
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    You should read into Chomsky's Propaganda Model.
    And also read Manufacturing Consent which deals with it,which looks at thought control in democratic societies.
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    (Original post by Krakatoa)
    You should read into Chomsky's Propaganda Model.
    And also read Manufacturing Consent which deals with it,which looks at thought control in democratic societies.
    Fantastic book. OP - definitely read this. You don't even need to read the whole thing since the first chapter explains the model and the rest just give examples from which you can pick and choose.
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    Well it is, considering that the majority of tabloid newspaper readers succomb with alarming ease to the sensationalist drivel, allowing themselves to become part of a political/social machine, where their lives are dictated by propaganda and spin-doctors. Just look at the readers of the Sun, for goodness sake :P
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    I don't know if we have free will anyway, but the media is a concern, it does play an integral role in civil society. Still if someone assumes the media is completely impartial then maybe they deserve their freedom to be taken away.
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    i dont let it control me
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    Only if you're a submissive fool. People have free will - for instance, I have the free will to not pay attention to this media.
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    You mean those that treat the Daily Fail as gospel?
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    The claim that we have free will itself is as much a propaganda tool as a claim that the media 'controls' it.

    Arguably if the media did this then we wouldn't in fact have free will. Free will does not exist, other than as an idealist concept.

    In reality, there is structure (the options) and agency (the way in which we interpret and navigate structure).

    Perhaps it would be more accurate to use these terms and to suggest that, as a potentially powerful institution, the media affects our level of agency by attempting to interpret structural phenomena for us.
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    People saying not at all and it's weak etc are probably subject to a conciet that they are not influenced as much as they are. Try taking their web and TV away.
 
 
 
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