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Friday, August 26, 2005

America's Greatest Threat, ...

...The enemy within, is the American Media. They have grown fat and drunk with power and have come to control every aspect of public opinion. Not because they are ruling-class kings and the sole purveyors of truth, as they would have us believe, but because they have the ability to shape truth, and thereby public opinion.

It is becoming increasingly clear the Media cares nothing about what is best for America. It is their bottom line that drives them, their ratings and demographics. And perhaps a sense of desperation. They are losing. The American people are learning to think for themselves. Not in droves, but enough that these so-called Kings of Sincerity feel the need to grip tighter the necks of the peasant masses to force them to feed on their empty truths.

But the American media is blinded by their own holy aura's. They can't see the gaunt faces that gratefully stare up at them in adoration. At least that's what the media see's: Adoring Masses. Who was it that said, upon hearing that her people were starving, "Let them eat cake"?* The Media is focused on creating their own ideal Utopia, and they are blind to all else. Which is why the new media has been able to pry more than a few necks from their grasp.

Learn to think for yourself. It's a moral imperative. I don't advocate you distrust the entire world, only what it's telling you. God [or the Evolutionary Process for those of you divorced of reason] gave you eyes and ears, and there was "intelligent design" in that gift-- to include the prominence of our very noses. Too many people are allowing the Media to "sense" the world for them. A certain cautionary tale about the blind leading the blind now comes to mind. Open your eyes, open your ears, and avoid the ditch.

--*Attributed to Marie Antoinette, but in fact, was used by the French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau in his work, "Confessions", circa 1766.


Anonymous Ben T said...

The media also serves a purpose though. They shed light on the workings of governemtns and corporations that hold them accountable to the public. Take today's story in the LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-na-parks26aug26,0,1127124,full.story?coll=la-home-headlines
Without the media's attention this story wouldn't be told and the wheels of government and corporate interest could deface some of America's last untouched wilderness.

August 26, 2005 11:24 AM  
Blogger ELAshley said...

I wouldn't go so far as to say the media doesn't serve some purpose. No human entity is so far gone that it does not light a candle in the darkness... at times. But more often than not, the media manufactures news to support their own agenda. Not the events themselves, but the meaning of said events. And that's where learning to think for one's self comes in... discerning that agenda.

August 26, 2005 2:31 PM  

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