A quick reminder that "journalism" has the power to direct that public's attention in a way that's much less effective than rigged social media algorithms . . .
Agenda-setting theory describes the "ability (of the news media) to influence the importance placed on the topics of the public agenda". The study of agenda-setting describes the way media attempts to influence viewers, and establish a hierarchy of news prevalence.
Accordingly . . .
We notice a great deal of interest in advocating for a local triple murder convict via newsfeed . . . BUT NOWHERE ELSE.
If TKC is ever locked up for stealing a loaf of bread or spitting on the sidewalk . . . It's doubtful there would be equal consideration . . . And the reality is that exoneration isn't really a priority for most voters.
Still, the push for Kevin Strickland's exoneration has dominated progressive Kansas City media outlets for most of this week without gaining much traction on more popular TV news outlets.
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com news link . . .
Family members of Kevin Strickland gathered in Raytown, Missouri, Saturday to remember the life of his mother, Rosetta Thornton, who died Aug. 21. But Strickland, who was convicted of murder in 1979, wasn't there. He spent the day in a Cameron, Missouri, prison, despite the fact prosecutors in his case have said since May that he is innocent, and should be free.