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originally posted by: bastion
a reply to: throwaway115
Certainly - 24 hour news has meant that being first to report is more important than being accurate and standards have nosedived.
Certainly true it's used as entertainment too, if it bleeds it leads. Every day millions of things happen around the world, a tiny fragment of these are deemed important and captured on film. This is then edited, removed from context, broadcast as an emsotional spectacle and called news.
We see horrific images of bombings, war, famines, genocide and torture but there's no in depth information as to why these things are happening and what can be done to stop it. The net effect is political apathy (or in the US where the concept originated the public are reduced to arguing with each other instead of using their full constitutional rights to hold government and companies to account - i.e buy one share in a dodgy company for a few dollars use your rights to gain access to all shareholder meetings (private), profit forecasts with upcoming projects (private) and full financial records (private). Which is used together can expose corruption and get said company closed, fined or forced to stop dodgy practices.
Journalism is meant to act as the Fourth Estate keeping business and government transparent and held to account. Instead it's now acting as Gatekeeper deciding which information does and doesn't get out
"If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed."
originally posted by: throwaway115
Not because of the stories or content, but because of the immediacy of how everything is told. It's a con.
Not a #ing lot is happening.
Ever heard how physical reality is mostly empty space, due to the area between floating atoms?
Stuff that happens is DWARFED by the collective interim.
People become junkee's for anxiety and quick, shallow cognition because it's a particular mould you can take in life in a flawed system.
I dunno. And that's perfectly natural because you dunno more than you know - get it?
originally posted by: pfishy
a reply to: mysterioustranger
This post is making a lot of good points in general, and I honestly don't think that the "News" is 1/20 as unbiased and purely factual as the journalists pretend to.
But, if we're being honest here, I tend to believe news just a bit more then it's random given to me by a Mysterious Stranger.