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Over the course of the twentieth century the media and television have had a tremendous impact on the dissemination of news and information Recent advances in technology have created innovative ways of transmitting news I guess you could dub these telecommunications technologies like cable television interactive television electronic mail and the Internet the New Media Today the public can choose from an abundance of media sources However many people question whether much of what they are reading hearing and seeing is reliable I know I often question if reporters are using credible sources or checking their facts I know I personally think that news conglomerates companies that own more than one newspaper magazine or television station are more concerned about generating profits than providing legitimate accurate news coverage I personally am apprehensive about the medias preoccupation with sensationalist topics I have noticed over the last few years the press has become obsessed with stories such as the death of Princess Diana the OJ Simpson murder trial the scandals surrounding President Clinton School killings and even dog and shark attacks all at the expense of hard news What I am saying is that mainstream newspapers are becoming more like supermarket tabloids and that as a result the public is not being kept informed about events and issues that really make a difference in their lives Overall the news media appears to have lost much of the trust they once had from the American public An even more alarming problem today is the violence on television In the United States 57 percent of television programs between 6 am And 11pm Contain violent scenes often in the form of repeated aggressive acts that go unpunished In fact most TV violence does not show victims experiencing any serious harm and few programs condemn violence or depict other ways of solving problems To the contrary over one-third of violent TV scenes are embedded in humor a figure that
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