One topic which stuck out in this week’s lecture was the idea of emotional weaponization in media.
Often we feel that we form our opinions from our own volition, but truthfully, we are constantly manipulated by the media we consume every day. Advertisements, shows, videos, blogs, and news organisations often show emotional scenes or people which in turn appeals to our own emotions. By triggering our empathy or anger, these outlets persuade us to feel a certain way and encourage us to believe their narrative.
While emotional weaponization is by no means a new concept (or even inherently a bad thing), it’s important for us to be aware that it’s happening. They can cause us to think a certain way or only see one side of the story, completely blocking us from the truth.