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The corporate media appear to abrogate responsibility for what they produce telling us that they only print and produce "what Americans want" - to read, hear and see. How do they determine what Americans want to read, hear and see in their newspapers, televisions and at the theater? If you put dishes of candy and spinach on the table in front of a child, which will most children choose to eat first? If you take a child to MacDonalds Restaurant on a regular basis from the time he or she is 3 years old, will the child grow up to favor processed beef over a well-made dish of eggplant and mushrooms in their diets? Does the corporate media follow the people with their content selections for news and information - or are American minds shaped by the choices of the media bosses with productions of Fear-Factor, The Millionaire, MTV, Law and Order, Cops, JAG, Court TV, Survivor; CSI; Cold Case; Las Vegas; Will and Grace; Two and a Half Men; Everwood; Sex and the City; South Park, The Jerry Springer Show; The Sopranos and the list goes on. These questions can be answered with good old-fashioned common sense. But where common sense may be lacking, behavioral science also weighs in.
To answer this question, I can only return to the need for careful self-examination - a look "into the abyss", if you will. Some folks are born, live and die without ever doing so. It can be a frightening act because of the threat such an act represents to who and what we think we believe and are.