While the media obviously cannot dictate how we are to think, they certainly set the agenda on what we are to think about. Who has the time for tedious stories of government conspiracies and financial manipulations when the newspapers and airwaves are filled with crime, accidents and celebrities? Who bothers to notice when a prime-time TV network "breaking news" story contains nothing but sports scores? For most people - perhaps the majority - avoid real issues and things that are of substance and of great importance to our country's and our own survival. So they bury their minds in the safe, conventional world of the local newspaper and their favorite pundit on Fox News or CNN, who nightly tells them everything is really ok - just after delivering the day's litany of death and sorrow. These people then assure themselves they are well informed.