Due to the upcoming release of season two of House of Cards debuting on Friday (also conveniently known as Valentine’s Day) I am obligated to discuss my views on one of my favorite television shows.
Though I am a self-proclaimed TV addict who has a fat stack of my favorite shows, I would have to put House of Cards in my top three after obsessively watching season one this past summer. The reason behind House of Card’s overwhelming success in my television eyes is the fact that it is relevant and interesting to my future. As a journalism student at Carolina, the values of strong journalism, protection of sources and the media’s duty as a watchdog over the government are pounded into our heads day in and day out.
House of Cards tests the ethical boundaries of journalism through a relationship between a reporter for The Washington Herald, named Zoe Barnes, and the Democratic House Majority Whip from South Carolina, named Francis “Frank” Underwood (played by the wonderful Kevin Spacey). The show follows Underwood’s quest to revenge those who wronged him in getting passed over as Secretary of State. Underwood uses Zoe to further his scheme as he leaks her information on upcoming nominations and votes. With Zoe on his side, news breaks are in his favor and help further his plan to recover the Secretary of State position.
The relevance of this show in my future life as well as mass media lies in the manipulation and persuasion of corruptness involving politics and the media (piggybacking off what Ford said). I’m not usually the type to assert negative feelings with the media or am the type to fear the media’s capabilities, but in the circumstance presented in House of Cards involving our government’s role in manipulating the media themselves, a wave of fear crashes over me.
Though the series is a drama, it is obvious that the government influences media all the time. I’m not talking about the media bias presented in outlets such as FOX, MSNBC and CNN that are well known and easily avoidable. I’m talking about the influence occurring to promote individuals and parties to an unknowing public.
I can say that I believe the “government watchdog” is as strong of force as ever with the multitude of platforms for individuals to communicate with others. Twitter, Facebook and blogging take on importance to preserve the honesty at the heart of this nation and government. It’s so easy to create controversy with written words on the Internet and I believe personal opinion serves of value to preserving the media relations with government.
If you don’t already watch House of Cards, I would highly suggest you change your ways. The show is a Netflix Original Series and the entire second season will be released in a mere FIVE days. That means you have five days to be productive on homework, socializing and life in general before the addiction of Frank Underwood’s manipulation methods consume you. You’re welcome, in advance.