Propaganda in Television

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How is political propaganda infiltrating American television and do you believe the effect on society is deleterious?

I was born in New York though I have always held European citizenship. I have noticed after viewing mostly European films and a few series over the many years I have resided here, that after returning to watch an American series, there is overt political propaganda in the story lines. Perhaps, this was always the case to an exten, but I did not notice it as a child. However, now it seems the messages are clear and I find that it is often unhelpful propaganda which tends to divide people rather than unite or bring a sense of well-being. Certainly it is not the only contributing factor but do you agree that Television is contributing to the societal divisiveness and strife the United States has been facing for decades?

  • I haven't watched TV in years for (partially) this reason. Of course every story needs a theme (as it is THE MEssage), but I would agree that contemporary media is becoming more divisive as writers lash out at perceived threats. Especially since the current administration is the most divisive in recent history, it makes sense that the state of american politics is reflected in the media we produce. – Jacob J. 5 years ago
  • This topic could use Orange is the New Black as a reference (featuring LGBTQ ideals), or the newer The Society (featuring Socialism, deaf actors and stereotyping male power as problematic). Perhaps comment on the overarching political tilt and what it seems to want to achieve. – Emiris 5 years ago