Mass Media Sensationalism

Texas State Public Affairs Network – The T-SPAN philosophy is to keep it fair. We urge you to keep in mind the power of sensationalism within news, information and biased social media content.

tspan_tv_smlSensationalism is a type of editorial bias in mass media in which events and topics in news stories and pieces are over-hyped to present biased impressions on events which may cause a manipulation to a story’s truth. Sensationalism may include reporting about generally insignificant matters and events that don’t influence overall society and biased presentations of newsworthy topics in a trivial or tabloid manner contrary to the standards of professional journalism.

Some tactics include being deliberately obtuse, appealing to emotions, being controversial, intentionally omitting facts and information,  being self-centered and acting to obtain attention. Trivial information and events are sometimes misrepresented and exaggerated as important or significant. They include stories about the actions of individuals and groups of people. The content  is often insignificant and irrelevant relative to the macro-level day-to-day events that occur globally.

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