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How the world affects us

In our daily lives, we each receive a large number of messages from a range of sources – including our education, family, friends, the media, advertising and many other sources. These messages can influence the way we think and behave – for example, reading fashion magazines can make us feel we should be thin, or seeing adverts can make us want particular products. The resources below explain some of these influences and the effects they can have on us.

One of the key skills we need in the modern world is to be able to deal with these influences, to interpret them and to work out which ones we want to accept and be influenced by, and which ones we want to ignore. See the Grow yourself section for ideas on how to develop these skills.


Who owns what?

This link has a useful table that explains clearly who owns what in the British press and their agenda and political bias.


Why do we need a free press?

Bulgarian journalist Sasa Vucinic gives a lecture on the freedom of the press and why it is so vital to a functioning democracy.

How the news distorts facts

Alisa Miller, head of Public Radio International, talks about how the news puts emphasis on certain stories and ignores others in this interesting lecture.

Flat Earth News

A great book by journalist Nick Davies exploring how news and the media really work - including the massive role of PR in news stories.

The Internet

How does google make its money?

This article explains exactly how the internet giant  google makes its money from online advertising


How does facebook make its money?

This video explains how the other internet giant, facebook, makes its money from advertising

Who owns your information?

This New York Times article looks at how much of your information is stored on the internet and who owns it.

What is the internet doing to our brains?

This lecture from Dr Paul Howard looks into the ways in which the internet and modern technology affect our brains and the way we thinks.


The mind diet

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The problem with consumerism

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