Many of the current threads and posts on this forum are directly blaming mass media for the economic hardships facing Mexico and more specifically the island of Cozumel.
To a certain degree, I'm in agreement with that conclusion.
Before we are too quick to pass judgement however, allow me to suggest the following:
Much like our government(s), we get the media we deserve. To that extent, we, as a society must share in the blame.
Since my expertise is in television news reporting, that's what I'll stay focused on. Points for your consideration -
We live in a world of 24 hour cable news stations where ratings are all that matter and factual reporting is a distant second. When there isn't enough "real news" to report, "filler" is added and content is "looped" every 15 minutes or so.
Where competition used to be a good thing in the past, the mass media these days is owned by a handful (or two) of conglomorates meaning far less competition.
To a large degree, "hard news" (politics, economics, foreign affairs) has been replaced by celebrity garbage and entertainment-based "feeding frenzy" journalism. You need not look any further than the enfactuation with Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and further back, O.J. Simpson as proof.
In the broader picture, "reality television" has replaced quality television in the ratings game. That's a sad statement about our society.
We need to share some of the blame because if we weren't in some part responsible for the current trends, the current trends wouldn't exist. Ratings folks, remember that.
I'm quite interested in the polite sharing of opinions regarding my statements.
John from Ontario, Canada.