B.I.R.T. the media is
sensitive and responsible
Negative: The media is insensitive and irresponsible
Honorable Judges, Fellow
classmates, Worthy Opponents. The resolution before us today, BIRT the media
is sensitive and responsible is absolutely incorrect. We the negative team
firmly believe this to be true, and plan to tell you why.
If the media WAS sensitive and
responsible, we would not be living in such a violent, crime-filled,
immorality infested world as we do today!
Violence in television programs and movies are harmful for
many fundamental psychological reasons. The lack of responsibility on the part
the broadcaster has a critical affect on society.
As the years pass, the responsibility and sensibility of the media
has rapidly declined. Television and radio twenty years ago was not nearly as
bad as it is today. Over the past 10 years, there has been a significant
increase in the amount of bad scenes on television.
If this increase continues, the influence of media on the population
will continue to do what it's done for the past century. There is only one
direction this world will go in - Anarchy!
Television, radio, the internet, and other forms of media were
invented for a purpose. Their invention was to facilitate the transfer of
information from one place to another. They were definitely NOT designed to
change our moral values and replace them by promoting explicit scenes, violence,
obscene language, nudity, homosexuality, materialism, and others still yet to
Violence is what we thrive on. It is for this exact reason that
media broadcasters show it! They know deep down inside we want to see it, so
they'll make tons of money by showing it!
Media coverage is really getting out of control. Live coverage of
gruesome accidents and crime are not uncommon - even interrupting children's
cartoons. Is showing violence to young minds sensitivity? Absolutely not.
One of the local television news stations in Virginia chose to do a
feature on the widespread crime of car
jacking after a couple of cars supposedly were car jacked. In the report,
the news anchor reported extensive details documenting how characters steal
cars. The week after the story aired, the number of car jackings shot up in the
area. Although the local television station was hoping to increase awareness of
the problem, they, in fact, gave criminals a sure-fire recipe for success.
So Since when is it
responsibility to show this unnecessary coverage and damaging information? It is
NOT responsibility to be dishonest when we sell a car, It is NOT responsibility
to sell drugs on the street, and is NOT the media's responsibility to show
garbage to the common people!
The biggest stress of a news company is not to be careful of what they
show, but what they can do to stay ahead of the competition and make the most
"Television can teach you many
What can Television teach other than to hate, steal, kill people, swear
and so on? The little that Television can teach you can easily be replaced
by a good book. If you're saying that television is a teaching tool, then
you're saying I'm uneducated. Trash on TV is one of the main reasons that my
parents didn't let a TV into the house until I was ten years old! And do I miss
it? No. In fact, I have no time for it because I spend that time doing more
"The internet helps people"
Indeed, the internet is a vast source for information. But
is it really information that we need? Is it the result of a lack of
information that parents will get divorced? Is it because of a lack of
information that causes a building to burn down? No! of course it isn't. almost
everything happens from judgements based on morality and wisdom, which is
exactly what the media mocks! Perhaps we should consider that, in both society
and schools, there is too much information. This does not promote pure
knowledge, just confusion.
The internet poses great changes on the real reason why school exists. School
does not exist so we can cram as much information as possible into our brain
for a knowledgeable future. School exists so that we may learn about
responsibility, courage, leadership, friendship, wisdom, and countless others
which the internet cannot give or teach whatsoever. Even though the internet may
be good for chatting, the internet has been proven to be associated with
symptoms of social isolation, such as depression and loneliness. This is because
people will replace time normally spend with other living people, to type
messages into a keyboard.
Newspapers are often as
irresponsible as television broadcasters
On the front page of the Washington Post, was an article about the drug Ritalin.
You would expect the article to talk about the dangers of the drug but did it?
No! Instead The article explicitly described the step-by-step process of how a
kid could sell Ritalin to his classmates. The article told the reader, who could
be a teen-age Ritalin user, all the places he could find the drug. The article
even said those who never considered
Ritalin may have a black market value, may realize the drug is in demand; and
could help with their cash flow problems.
In conclusion, the mass-media of television, radio, newspapers, magazines, and
the internet are causing major damage and negative impacts on our fragile and
toppling society. This can only lead us to understand that the media is indeed
very insensitive and irresponsible. Thank-you.