posted on Sep, 2 2018 @ 01:34 AM
How easy it is to shoot the messenger (in this case, the so-called “MSM”), when, in fact it is the the audience, we, ourselves, to blame for not
only What is presented to us as “news”, but also, HOW that information is presented.
We got bored with the “talking heads” of the Murrow/Cronkite era; when news was international/national, and local only by local reporters.
We demanded more than “just the facts”, we demanded to know the “why’s” of the facts: why is this “important”? Why should “I” care
about this fact? Why does this affect me in any way?
So the news became “personal”, became “relatable”, became “News YOU Can Use!” Reported by “Real People” like us, who didn’t
“just” report the news, they “lived” the news, they “felt” the news so we could “feel” the news too!
But soon it became not enough to report with “feeling” to also report what the reporter was feeling about what was reported, because, again, we
wanted our news to come from “real” people, like us, so that we could “relate” to what was being reported, and that, of course, has lead us to
where we are today...
We no long trust the MSM we created because it became exactly like us; opinionated. And some of those opinions some of us disagree with, so we claim
they have “an agenda”, and that makes them (the opinions we disagree with) sinister.
And through all this, the nature of communications has changed drastically.
There was a time when newspapers were printed, at most, twice a day (very few and generally only in the largest cities: London, NYC, Los Angeles).
Most only published once a day.
TV and radio stations “signed” on air in the early morning, and signed off each night shortly after midnight.
But the public no longer reads newspapers like they used to, and TV and radio has had to expand their content to fill the 24/7 news cycle the global
community now demands.
Information had become, like so much of our society, monetized.
We no longer discuss movies without noting the “box office” of the latest release. As if gross receipts are somehow equivalent to the social
significance of a cinematic work of art.
When Everything is valued based on how much money it produces, and every other metric becomes, at best, secondary, then yes, the “info-tianment
industry”, as it has become (again, at our demand) has two goals
1.) Earn as much as it can, to survive, since how else are we to determine its value to our society.
2.) Induce as many people as possible to access its outlet in order to earn as much as it can, because, see #1.
The MSM could not care less about influencing your opinion
Except to the extent that your opinion draws you to and keeps you coming back to whatever particular outlet you choose.
The MSM is nothing more than a mirror which we have created to reflect our own images.
Don’t blame the media if what you see in that mirror isn’t always to your liking.