I'm not sure which system you're refering to, so I dont know if I think socialism is a better word to describe what is being promoted. When you speak of mainstream media, are you refering to movies, television series and such? because I dont believe that business is intentionaly promoting anything. Thats only about money. They just concentrate on current trends, create characters that the majority of people would like to see or be. The results of the trend can be seen in the popularity of the show. It is merely a reflection of the times, I think. Maybe the question is, why are those the current trends? Why the herd mentality in a certain direction? <br />
I dont suppose you're including popular news channels when you speak of mainstream media? cos thats run differently. <br />
Oh, and I think there are "abnormal" people. What about the serial killer? One just has to admit he's not like most people. And when a movie gets made about a serial killer they are portraying individualism arent they? I dont know

one issue at a time- average mathematically average is used to describe underlying property that is described by a data set. what have described as average is arithmetic mean. remember harmonic mean, geometric mean and any other statistic that is used to describe properties of a data set are called averages.<br />
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secondly you hypothesis that mainstream media has effectively blanketed individualism.<br />
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i don't concure<br />
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arguement a) an average just describes the underlying properties of the data it seeks to explain and it does not change the individual data but different averages produce deferent results and conclusions but the underlying data remains the same.the averaging method used is what produces the varying results not the original data<br />
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arguement b)<br />
from the above mathematical arguement we can therefore expound on it and deduce that just because the main stream media choses to report saddening reports that at the end of the day would appear, to a curtain degree and with a good level of confidence, that individualism is lost we still are all individuals.<br />
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example: global financial crises. i hear in america that homes are losing close to half their market value. does it mean for the local american that its easier now to get a home because homes now cost less and given that the higher rate of foreclosure, an abundance of homes that need to be sold? i'm thinking not. those that were living on the streets continue to live on the streets while those that had homes are still in their houses. <br />
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in summary. tommorrow morning you will wake up and tommorrow night you'll go to sleep. in between just the usual meals and usual stuff you do( go to school, go to work, murder if you are a murderer)....