The media’s impact

Melissa Lothrop

Mabelle Reynoso


How the information media has social responsibility

I feel they are responsible for informing and reporting on stories that the public needs to

know. Just to name a few, reports such as danger, crime, politics, government decisions,

economics, laws, taxes, warnings, and weather. It is their responsibility to accurately and

truthfully report information and news coverage so that the public is knowledgeable of

what is happening, and not left deceived or clueless in the dark.

When false or inaccurate information is reported, it could lead to tons of unnecessary

issues, and possibly even a crisis.

For example, in November 2011, the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety

Administration) stated that the Chevy Volt’s lithium battery has a random tendency to

immediately explode into fire, causing death and serious injury. This resulted in GM

taking in sales and offering to buy back the Volts from worried customers. Two months

later, a complete investigation revealed that if you crashed the Volt at just the right spot,

and then flipped it at just the right speed, the battery would indeed catch fire, but that

there was plenty of time for passengers to exit the vehicle. It was proven then that the

fire only occurred because the NHTSA didn’t follow GM’s recommended handling

procedure for post-crash Chevy Volts, along with proving that the Volt was just as safe

as any other fuel-efficient full-size car.

Situations like this are why I feel information media is not only responsible for what they

inform us and report about, but also for how they inform us and report about. If

information is personal opinion or rumor based, they need to clearly state that. However,

it is also our responsibility to do our own research and to only rely on information from a

credible source....