I don't see it as fragmented. I see it as colored. Colored by the subjective.
I'm not sure we had a collected "view". Maybe collective enculturation.
TV programming & radio broadcasting are just some tools used to enculturate. We could learn from them what is right and what is wrong, who is in power and who is the social outcast, who should we love and hate, etc.
A few hundred yrs ago we had sayings, and stories, and myths.