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Are You Taking In Too Much Junk?




Posted by Sal Traina Categories: Editorials, Media

Fast Food and the Mainstream Media

While thinking about a recent physical I had, it led me to make an observation. I received a call from my doctor telling me I had higher than normal cholesterol. I work on the road a lot, and I eat a lot of fast food. There's no excuses because nobody has forced me to stuff my face with junk food. 

The same goes for the information you take in. The mainstream media serves up a menu high in misinformation, lies, and spin. Think of all the major news networks, newspapers, and magazines as the fast food restaurants of media. Just like the case of my poor food choices, we're not being forced to view or read this information. The doctor told me to stop eating foods riddled with fat, and to try more natural and organic foods. We can do the same for news intake. 

Like fast food restaurants, the mainstream media is manipulated and influenced by large corporations that don't have the public's best interest in mind. There's better alternatives than the major networks and news outlets. They're not hard to find. There's plenty of organic news sources entrenched within the 'new media.' All you have to do is find which one is right for you. I'm not against fast food restaurants. I just need to eat it less. An occasional chicken nugget or milk shake won't hurt me because I'm educating myself enough about alternatives. More people should do the same when it comes to where they get their news.

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