Media and War ! 報道と戦争

2015/11/9 Monday



Many people have never experienced any war. Elderly people that have directly engaged in the war have passed away or are dying.


Young and middle generations cannot realize how terrible a real war is. If a nation has its intention that makes war occur for some reasons, a few parts of which may be hoaxes, it can employ people’s ignorance and manipulate them. A nation can persuade citizens to realize how urgent circumstances are through the media.


Pros and cons of a nation’s assertion begin to be debated in many fields. If many people disagree with the implementation of this nation, it will make the media obey its order and not make citizens raise strong objections to a government’s goal.


Some reporters and editors try to convey truth and refuse to be subject to its power, but they often cannot avoid being forced to accept it. Instead, they are ordered to change contents or delete some words.


The people of a nation select their lawmakers. Law makers act reasonably and sometimes aggressively for their supporters and the whole country. It is true, but you can find another aspect of politicians. They tend to be biased by other politicians who hold strong powers. Therefore, citizens should learn their abilities of media literacy in order not to easily judge their pledges being right.


If the generation who has never experienced any war thinks that war is not unavoidable or taking part in war is not a bad strategy under some special conditions, the origin of the judgement can be that you have never lived through a real war.


These days, teachers cannot teach true information to children in Japan. They are nervous about education regulations. Even if some contents in textbooks seem to be doubtful, the regulations can prohibit teacher’s free statements, in which the facts can be clear.


As a result, children who don’t know real war cannot understand how it is. Education is important and ignorance is terrible.


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