Linda & Richard Eyre: Why much of what our media say is a lie

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  • K Mchenry, IL
    Aug. 9, 2014 10:07 a.m.

    Are the writers part of the medial elite?

    What on earth are they watching? There is far less sex and far more consequences in the shows that I see.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Aug. 7, 2014 3:08 p.m.

    I think there a million other lies we could mention that are commonly foisted upon us from entertainment media... like the complete disregard for Real World Physics. :)

    Essentially creative people inject their values (and ignorance) into their creative works. It's the nature of entertainment and art.

    I agree with the idea that as a parent it is my responsibility to teach my kids they should question entertainment and the messages they're being told. SO many messages our kids are exposed to are destructive... things like body image, promiscuity, civic responsibility, and basic trust of your neighbor are often skewed by entertainment stereotypes, and for the convention of the need of drama and resolution within the space of a half hour.

  • Kiyo Washougal, Washington
    Aug. 7, 2014 2:21 p.m.

    ...I agree with the Eyre's...and furthermore if they receive economic remuneration from this article than I am fine with that also...That does not translate into them being hypocrites, but receiving their just do for a well written article...why not???...thanks Eyre family...somebody needs to speak truth to power in this case...if not the Eyre's who?

    Aug. 7, 2014 9:57 a.m.

    I agree with what the Eyre's are saying.

    An example: Would the massive shift if public optinion in favor of same-sex marriage and homosexuality in general have happened without the media tailoring and creating the message?

    From "Will and Grace" to the announcement that Dumbledorff in the Harry Potter series was gay, the media and entertainment industries have presented one side of the message, and created a certain stereotype of the gay man, while propigating another stereotype of the person who opposes SSM. Taking it in as a whole, it is readily apparent that the media and entertainment industries promote a certain moral and political agenda.

    With "50 Shade of Grey" coming out in movie form, will we see more positioning of BDSM as a means of sexual self-expression? Is this the next battleground for "equal rights"? Media does far more than reflect our values. It shapes them...

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 2:14 p.m.

    @ dr.bridell, I know more about them that you might imagine. This isn't personal stuff - it goes directly to their assault on the media without examining the motivations of the media. I can elaborate, but money drives a lot of things, and their views should not only be consistent in this regard, but it is also appropriate for us to judge them as messengers, just as they imply that we should judge the media messengers.

  • Alex 1 Tucson, AZ
    Aug. 6, 2014 2:07 p.m.

    Over time, I've found that my experience has tended to corroborate what the Eyre's have observed, and this makes me neither paranoid nor irrational. It is called wisdom. I have learned to trust my intuition, walk away from the smoke and mirrors when I see it, and to not lose sleep when someone tries to persuade me, by illusion or condescension, that the whole world thinks I am stupid for holding a contrary opinion.

  • dr.bridell mclean, VA
    Aug. 6, 2014 1:01 p.m.

    Esquire, I'm curious about how you know the Eyres so well? I know them and I'm not too sure that you know anything at all about "the world they live in and the circle in which they run." If you disagree with their article, say so, and say why, but how about avoiding the personal stuff.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 11:21 a.m.

    Maybe it's not the "mainstream media" that's the problem, but the corporate interests behind it that is trying to sell us things.... Will the Eyres take this on? I doubt it because that is the world in which they live and the circle in which they run.

  • a_voice_of_reason Woods Cross, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 11:19 a.m.

    I'm surprised by the number of comments refuting the articles comments. Seriously? You think the garbage you see in every TV show/movie/etc. is a typical lifestyle? The Eyres are spot-on. They aren't trying to demonize the media, they are simply pointing out that parents need to help their children understand that what they see isn't "normal." For example, not all teens are sexually active, but watch TV for a couple hours as a teenager and you'd walk away thinking you were the only one that wasn't. The Eyres are simply writing an article pointing out what I've already seen published in multiple studies already.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 11:18 a.m.

    While the article makes some valid points, I am troubled by the assertion "...a small cultural elite creates much of the media they see. Most people in this group are neither as family-oriented nor as religiously inclined as the average person." I have to disagree. Members of the media are people like the rest of us. Plain and simple. Maybe society isn't the image that the writers want to project.

  • dr.bridell mclean, VA
    Aug. 6, 2014 11:08 a.m.

    When I read comments like those from I'm LDS 2 and Amigo and JustGordon, I wonder if they are actually reading the article or just using it to make their points. The Eyres, who I happen to know have consulted with the media industry, are simply making an observation that the values and "norms" often portrayed as "everyday" and "normal" and "mainstream" are in fact very different than what is really going on in most families and communities.
    Their description of a "media minority masquerading as a majority" is right on!

  • iron&clay RIVERTON, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 10:40 a.m.

    The Eyre's nailed it.

    Mainstream media uses the art of deception to control the masses.

  • Mikeylikesit Davis, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 9:17 a.m.

    Spot on, anyone with a brain can see this to be true. Great article.

  • Mona Beaverton, OR
    Aug. 6, 2014 9:10 a.m.

    Hollywood and the media constantly "remind" us that they are only reflecting societal trends, not establishing them. That's a big fat lie. The Eyres are right on.

  • JoeCapitalist2 Orem, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 9:03 a.m.

    I don't think that "Hollywood" is some kind of vast conspiracy that set out to destroy the moral fiber of this nation. But I do agree with the authors that it is largely a group of like-minded people whose values are generally much different than that of the average American.

    Like the uber-liberal main stream media which is dominated by left leaning and far-left advocates, it tries to push an agenda that reflects its values rather than most of ours. What sells as "entertainment" and news these days contains a healthy dose of propaganda. (And no, its not all coming from the left.)

    We have to be vigilant about teaching our values to our children to counter-balance what they see in the media. Monitor what they are exposed to and limit their exposure in general.

  • JustGordon Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 8:49 a.m.

    I found the Eyres' generalizations Hollywood media as a less than transparent attempt to drive readers to the their net sites and sell copies of the books.

    The Eyres' position is established by setting up a straw man boogie man, the Hollywood media, which they then proceed to castigate with a series of generalizations intended to feed the fears of those who don't think for themselves.

    Yes, Hollywood and the media can be to sexual, violent and cynical about relationship. On the other hand, it can also provide us with movies, songs and stories that touch the very fabric of what it means to be human, alive and in love.

    Eyres' cynical attempts to demonize Hollywood because there are only a few hundred media moguls all in the name of their financial success is at best tawdry and definitely irreprehensible

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 8:34 a.m.

    This article has a tone of paranoia, fear, and conspiracy theories. And it treats "media" as one, monolithic evil entity. That just isn't truthful.

  • amigo sandy, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 8:15 a.m.

    Actually, I think I'd like to take opinion from thousands of media members, rather than two people, who for 150 years (seems like it anyways) have forced their own opinions on us as if they had the only answers.

  • Bob A. Bohey Marlborough, MA
    Aug. 6, 2014 8:06 a.m.

    Wow Eyre's, those are some incredible and inflammatory accusations you are throwing around. With no data or facts to support them in your article they come across as hysterical ramblings.