There is a big news recently, the possibility of mass media monopolization in Taiwan. The event origins to one of the biggest mass media called “Want Want China Times Group” wanted to merge and acquired another mass media called “Next TV”, which might cause the problem of monopolization. I did not realize it is a serious enough problem for me to follow and care about until I saw my friends continuously transmitting articles on the internet.
One of the articles being transmitted which roused me to pay attention to the issue is written by a former reporter of “China Times”. She was a reporter who just joined The China Times for about one year and was indicated to write a report for the monopolization protest by students last month. Since she was afraid that the senior officers might ask her to write a report which is not neutral, she started the report after getting the officers’ promise. However, what she saw on the newspaper next day was her report with two paragraphs added, which totally change her standpoint and the fact. She could not know who added the paragraphs because she is the only editor on the newspaper. She took the action to remonstrate with the officers but did not get a direct answer. After then, when the cyber friends noticed the distort report they started to cyber manhunt the innocent reporter, which made the reporter decide to quite the job.
The article really shocked me, thus I started to read other articles my friends transmitted and found that the “Want Want China Times” actually have the “gift” to distort the fact. There is a student studying in National Tsing Hua University who is one of the leaders of the Media Mass Monopolization Protest was invited to the Legislative Yuan to declare students opinion to the minister. Yet, what showed on the next day’s newspaper and news were misrepresentations, which in my opinion were the mass media trying to deceive the public and blur the focus of monopolization.
Since then, I paid close attention to the issue though I think there would not be a threat to me at first. I do not know why the society has become this guilty and full of swindle. What we learned in school were being honest and assistance, but what we saw in the society and from those high officers were cheat and egoism. And that’s the reason why I care about the protest and mass media monopolization now, I just cannot stand there will be deceive everywhere and the public are mind-controlled.