In today’s society, we are so driven and influenced by the media that we are often the ones who feel the need to control it. The Cooper article illustrates how certain elements of the media such as emphasis on negativity, invasion of privacy, and authenticity have such an impact on how we view the violation of our social norms. One of the main sources of news and scandals now includes today’s Entertainment industry and the rise of stories surrounding celebrities. Cooper writes, “Entertainment” industries now include a far higher percentage of pornography, slasher, trash talk, rap, heavy metal, promotional, soap, gamer, shock jock, and other “flash, trash, slash for cash” professionals. Such expansion may amplify or introduce issues.” More often than not, the people in this industry who gather the information that is released to the public may go to great lengths such as a severe invasion of privacy to deliver a story.
Bruce Jenner has become a particular target in today’s media regarding his sexual orientation and gender status. At first the allegations were seen as just rumors, but further speculation has concluded that the said rumors are true. This story relates the Cooper’s main ideas of news credibility and the invasion of privacy. Not only is the media taking information from sources other than Bruce Jenner himself; they are completely overlooking the fact that this is an extremely personal subject that should not be made public unless addressed by the person. A recent article from the New York Times stated, “One thing that remains missing from any of the articles about Bruce Jenner’s possible transition? Bruce Jenner, who has yet to give a single on-the-record interview during this time and has declined repeated requests for comment for this article.”
In most of the interviews I conducted, everyone agreed that they are often hesitant to believe stories like the Bruce Jenner case when they first come out because they frequently seem over dramatic. One interviewee stated, “When I first heard about the story I thought it was very bizarre. When I saw all of the articles being published online and in magazines I started to believe that the rumors were actually true. I think this is a very personal matter and the media is making it hard for Bruce Jenner to live his life the way he wants to. I think when he is ready he will make the decision to talk about his personal choices.” Another interviewee stated, “I don’t usually believe these kinds of stories because the sources usually aren’t credible. When the only thing I see is gossip magazines portraying these celebrities in negative lights it just makes me uninterested in what they have to say. If you ask me I think it’s an invasion of privacy.” All five interviewees agreed that at first they didn’t think the story was true, but now that the story is everywhere in the media they are starting to believe it.
After listening to what people had to say and reading the Cooper article I have concluded that people are less likely to believe a story if the main person is not included as the main source. It is only until the story is broadcasted over multiple media outlets that they start to believe what people are saying.
Cooper, T. (2008). Between the Summits: What Americans think about media ethics. Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 23. 15-27. DOI: 10.1080/08900520701753106
Bernstein, J. (2015, February 4). The Bruce Jenner Story Goes From Gossip to News. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/