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Where do you think the power lies in modern Britain?

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Where do you think the power lies in modern Britain? The media have significant power in modern Britain, mainly because they have the ability to communicate with mass figures of people. Also, people tend to believe what they hear, see, or read which makes media a great source of power in terms of influencing and strength. If an article in the paper, or an interview on TV is convincing, no matter how far from the truth it is, media always has the power to change peoples opinion on a certain issue. That to me is great power, and if not used responsibly can effect and change lives of many people. This can be substantiated with the example of when the News of the World printed the address of a paedophile, and as a result, this certain person was assaulted. This shows to a further extent the power in which the media has! The Power in Britain lies in many places. Power can mean to have authorisation over another, have influence, strength, the ability to do or act, or control over another. ...read more.

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If an article in the paper, or an interview on TV is convincing, no matter how far from the truth it is, media always has the power to change peoples opinion on a certain issue. That to me is great power, and if not used responsibly can effect and change lives of many people. This can be substantiated with the example of when the News of the World printed the address of a paedophile, and as a result, this certain person was assaulted. This shows to a further extent the power in which the media has! Another place in which the power lies within Britain is the armed forces. Firstly, the British army has great power in terms of strength, authorisation, and mass responsibility. It can be argued that a powerful army makes a powerful country. The armed forces have the ability if given permission to fire upon other countries, which is power in itself. The armed forces including forces such as the Royal Air Force, The British Navy, The Navy Seals, all have power in different ways. ...read more.

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The pope's power is over millions of people who follow Christianity; many look up to him as a role model. His power isn't just in Britain though, as he travels all over the world to control the church. In a way, celebrities also have power. For me, super DJ's such as Paul van Dyk and Armin Van Buuren have huge influence over me, just like other bands and musicians have influence over others. Movie stars, musicians, authors, control the entertainment in which we follow. In some cases, they control the money we spend on entertainment, and therefore hold power. In conclusion, the power within Britain lies in many places: the government, protestors, businesses, armed forces, the pope, media, the monarchy and even celebrities. However, the power in which they hold differs immensely, as some power is more significant and important than others, and some is just generally greater and larger than others. There are many ways in which power can be categorised. I believe the most power lies with the government, as it controls the way in which our country is run, and also has authority over everyone in Britain in some way. ...read more.

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