The documentary Fastball, in addition to giving us some fascinating background about baseball, also provides a great method for explaining the power of media. For example, media provide or supplement the narrative or story from which we then base our lives and make decisions and give us a general framework for understanding our environment. And dominant media often tells us or reinforce for us the presets which govern who we think we are individually and collectively, what we believe and what we think we know. But, just like a fastball, the ideas media deliver move faster than we can consciously interpret leaving us often to use ideological presets to fill in the gaps between what we think should be happening and what actually is.
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