Weekend arrives and I need to take a few days to myself…..that is away from the lunacy known as the news…….
I know I give my readers my opinions everyday rain or shine……and a guess we could call them observations……but this time I am talking about my observation on society and the people that attempt to function within its constraints……
Today it is the Mainstream Media that will take the hit.
I am a news junkie….have been so since early days of my life…….I was an avid reader (still am) and that was where the news and views came from back in the day…..then CNN came about and in the beginning was an adequate source for news. Now with the 24 hour news cycle the news has become a mish mash of crap packaged as news.
Then massive corporations started buying up the news organizations……..eventually ratings became more important than truth and facts. The quality of the news that Americans got every day began to decline. And the decline is not finished ……….it gets worse every day.
Then came Reality TV…..pathetic entertainment for mindless fools. These are packaged as some sort of real life story when actually it is scripted entertainment…….the only difference is they are paid less then the SAG members and that is what it is all about……profits.
For instance just last week Turkey entered into the fight against ISIS and the lead story on MSNBC was Tom Brady and Deflate-gate…….that one incident made me think of something we talked about in a political philosophy course I had years ago……
………in the mass media there is a tendency to avoid the unpopular and unconventional and to draw on ‘values and assumptions which are most valuable and most widely legitimated’
……..the issue of media portrayals of violence in terms of whether such portrayals have served ‘to legitimize the forces of law and order, build consent for the extension of coercive state regulation and de-legitimate outsiders and dissidents’. ‘They have thus examined the impact of the mass media in situations where mediated communications are powerfully supported by other institutions such as the police, judiciary and schools… The power of the media is thus portrayed as that of renewing, amplifying and extending the existing predispositions that constitute the dominant culture, not in creating them
Those were observations of Italian socialist Antonio Gramsci………his observations were made while he was in prison in the 1920’s………appears some Marxists were not as whacked out as has been claimed……huh?
The whole “fair and balanced” lie is nothing more than a marketing tool with no foot in reality.
The news is NO longer the news but rather a source of entertainment and that does NO service to the people that depend on this service for accuracy and truth……