What is the purpose of producing and consuming news?
1. entertainment value
2. propaganda, brainwashing potential
to promote the conceit that we live in a representative democracy
4. something to use as fodder for casual conversation
5. actual survival information that you will be acting on in the next 24 hours
7. all, some or none of the above.
|Although I have tried to make my news
summary presentation entertaining for the last six years|
I really have not had the goal of being a 'sit-down comic'. News that is not entertainment, especially 'commentary'
tends to be more or less propagandistic, consciously or not.
As public opinion is most often generated by the news media - it does seem that many people think that it is 'important' to 'keep up on the news and world events' - although their congressperson has yet to call them for their advice on an important bill coming up in congress. (They may get phony 'opinion polls' from the national political party committees that are only disguised requests for donations.)
We certainly do not have a 'representative democracy' - the 'elected' leaders and their appointed courts do not respresent either the desires or the real interests of the majority of the american population.
I would hate to be an 'accomplice' in the dissemination of news as propaganda for those that make the news.
As much as possible, I have tried
to focus on real news - locally reported crime is 'real' enough and I think
should be of survival interest to most citizens.
wish I could offer a realistic recommendation on "What's new - and so what?"
- but I can not at this time.
have been large populist movements and demonstrations in america in the past -
the last large protests being over the dangerous and deadly involuntary servitude
in the draft for the undeclared war in Vietnam.
|And even if the disaffected masses -
living in the rat-infested ruins of this once 'super power' |
'take to the streets, rooftops and sewers' to protest the cutback in food and health coupons -
in how many languages will the mass media report the declaration of martial law and the thankful relief of the New Peoples Party government leaders at the arrival of large divisions of U.N. Coalition Peacekeeping troops from China, Brazil and South Africa to restore order in the darkened cities and the squatter and rebel-infested National Parks?
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