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The Edutained American You may try to deny it many of us do We are our own people with our own thoughts feelings and opinions We are individuals and nothing influences us without our knowledge and permission Certainly not the media we create the media after all and direct it with our own tastes and preferences It is merely a part of our lives a not-too pervasive part We say this with absolute certainty and still know that we lie For the media is not a part of our lives it is our lives It directs us moves us towards what its creators directors and sponsors want us to see Everything we do is not media influenced it is media-dictated In some ways our modern information systems are helpful They are after all informative From these systems we learn we process the information they bring on current events popular culture and every other subject known to man But the information is tainted It is filtered through the corporate sponsors and the agendas of those who bring it to us Therefore we bow to the opinions of those who give us our knowledge on every subject they expose us to from the clothes we buy to the music we listen to the films we see books we read politicians we vote for religions we believe in Our thoughts are not our own What does this mean to the world in which we live How does this effect our leaders our schools and our families And in a society so permeated with media how do we regain ourselves Part One What are our influences For many of us who attend college now the media has been around us since birth The television was a effective babysitter and we grew up accustomed to the quick joke-a-minute style of cartoons and situation comedies With the advent of MTV in 1981 we learned
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