Flash Fiction

Power of the Media

He had a speech prepared. His lips trembled as he read it; a tear running down his cheek.

The media had made his errors seem a lot bigger than the reality. The influenced public was losing faith. Thanks to the media, he was ousted. By his own party.

Kevin Rudd was no longer Prime Minister.


Credit to Rumya for creating the magazine cover. To read other entries by the Indiana Legends, visit: Avada, Leo1, Leo2, Moulee, Pawan, Rumya, and Sanchit

Until next time,


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  • Sree
    28 June 2010 at 9:46 am

    Good one…All the best PB 🙂

  • Psych Babbler
    28 June 2010 at 9:50 am

    Thanks Sree!

  • Nimmy
    28 June 2010 at 11:17 am

    Your team in indeed proactive,,Good luck BPL

  • Psych Babbler
    28 June 2010 at 11:31 am

    Thanks Nimmy! And welcome to my blog…the Raiders are definitely hard working =)

  • Lazy Pineapple
    28 June 2010 at 12:58 pm

    hey PB..really cool 55..
    actually Sarah Palin is a living reality of this…
    best of luck dear 🙂

  • Shilpaagarg
    28 June 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Good 55er!
    All the best for the contest!
    Cheers 🙂

  • phoenixritu
    28 June 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Nice one! All the best

  • Titaxy
    28 June 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Good one 🙂

  • Parth J Dave
    28 June 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Kya baat hai! Awesome 55-er..conveys so much in so little!

    All the best, Psych Babbler!

  • BreathingSoul
    28 June 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Must check out Bloggers Premier League. Go Psych Babbler! 🙂

    The media is something that is all-pervasive. I bet it influences us psychologically in ways we are not even aware of. I have noticed, *gulp* as I get older, that younger people are less responsive socially. Not anti-social, but they are better at blocking things out and I think it comes from dealing with an over-saturation of media in our society.

    Another interesting point in your article is the power of media to almost ‘create reality’, regardless of what is objectively real. Hmm, ok, enough outta me!

  • Avada Kedavra
    29 June 2010 at 4:41 am

    yayy! you published my most fav one 🙂 This one’s is really good PB 🙂 Loved it. Goooo raiders!!!!! 🙂

  • Neha
    29 June 2010 at 9:31 am

    hey nice one PB..media is indeed scary! all the best 🙂

  • Hitesh Rawat
    29 June 2010 at 1:26 pm

    i always wonder……how can people write with restriction and still come up with such powerful words………

    hats off man………… ,,/

  • Sidthegnomenator
    29 June 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Love the new look – loads much quicker but I did like your sister’s design.

  • Smitha
    29 June 2010 at 4:37 pm

    That was a good one, PB. Power of media, definitely!

  • Leo
    29 June 2010 at 5:23 pm

    this is really power of media Babs! 🙂 well written.. a proud Raider I am too! 🙂

  • starry eyed
    30 June 2010 at 6:12 am

    Cool, what a cover!

    You’re tagged with the ‘My Sins against Gender Stereotypes’ tag. http://starsinmeyes.wordpress.com/2010/06/30/my-sins-against-gender-stereotypes/

  • Psych Babbler
    30 June 2010 at 11:52 am

    Thanks LP! Sarah Palin is a media wreck, isn’t she? But I reckon her PR people could help out if needed… =P

  • Psych Babbler
    30 June 2010 at 11:52 am

    Thanks Shilpa!

  • Psych Babbler
    30 June 2010 at 11:52 am

    Thanks Ritu…you too…

  • Psych Babbler
    30 June 2010 at 11:52 am

    Thanks T! =D

  • Psych Babbler
    30 June 2010 at 11:53 am

    Haha…thanks Parth! Good luck to you too…

  • Psych Babbler
    30 June 2010 at 12:38 pm

    It’s a fun contest…although sometimes a lot of work when you are really busy… =P I think the media manages to brainwash a lot of people…most of us probably don’t think critically and don’t seem to realise that the media is sensationalising information…because truly, that’s all they do. Sensationalise. Gone are the days when they reported the facts. If you listen to the words they use, you can tell how they are influencing people. Everything is a ‘disaster’ or a ‘catastrophe’ or ‘terrible’ and ‘awful’. And then they wonder why so many people have mental health issues…I could go on and on on my media-bashing! Give me ABC and SBS any day…

  • Psych Babbler
    30 June 2010 at 12:40 pm

    =) Yeah Ava…tweaked it a bit and published it in the end as I too was partial to it…

  • Psych Babbler
    30 June 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Thanks Neha…good luck to you too…

  • Psych Babbler
    30 June 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Thanks Hitesh…and I wonder how people can write such long stories! =)

  • Psych Babbler
    30 June 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Thanks Sid! The header is still my sister’s creation and I changed the background because I thought it went better with her new header…

  • Psych Babbler
    30 June 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Thanks Smitha…definitely do think that Rudd was given the boot because of how the media portrayed him. He was actually a pretty decent PM barring a couple of debacles. Nowhere near how bad Bush was for the US. And yet, the media portrayed it as heinous crimes and seemed to conveniently forget all the good he did resulting in his decline in the ‘public opinion polls’.

  • Psych Babbler
    30 June 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Thanks Leo…go the Raiders!

  • Psych Babbler
    30 June 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Thanks Starry! Will take on the tag soon…

  • Hitesh Rawat
    30 June 2010 at 12:44 pm

    i always thought long story are written when author go on rambling about things………but 55’er saves the readers from that…. 😀

  • Psych Babbler
    1 July 2010 at 10:25 am

    Lol… 😛