I was talking to an elderly woman who asked me about news outside the USA. she was frustrated that her BBC world, has somehow been changed to BBC Americas. she lamented, “I miss not knowing more about what is going on in the rest of the world.”
we had a nice conversation about going in and out of the country and how you really are bombarded with either simple news reporting of a story or event outside the country, to a bunch of talking heads with various slants filling time with taking reporting and talking about every opinion, possibility, or ideology.
I mentioned that I have to shut off the media in the states. it is as it has lost its mine making people afraid and/or being comedic fodder for what are the highest rated news shows - wait they are comedy shows, no?
then I realized that somewhere between the internet coming to the public, and then the public is allowed to play on the internet, the media itself changed. was it that for the first time, the newsroom became profitable? was it the people at the top realizing they could leverage the way news was created/reported/packaged and sell it to the public and make lots of money? or was it to compete with Churchill’s famous quote about the best argument against democracy, “spend 5 minutes with the average voter” where the internet allowed all a voice, but it just got dumbed down a bit and the idea of reality television was created?
now we have people getting famous for doing nothing and the sadder part is a lot of people are following this as normal behavior. maybe it is like the lottery advertising I see, “but YOU could win!” yes, technically one could win even if the odds are 1 in 500,000,000. it is a mathematical probability, but far from the normal reality.
I mentioned to the elderly woman, “call you cable provider and try to get BBC world and the various continent feeds.” at least you get a counter balance of all the hype, emotion, opinion, and ego that comes from most of the US media. it will give a balance of sort to the overall picture.
then I thought about it and after a few conversations here in the states with old friends, I found myself asking them “why?” a whole lot to the way they thought, or how they thought about a subject. I am not sure why, perhaps it was that the answers didn’t seem to make sense with depth, but were more like some quote or talking bullet from the media. It is getting worse in the country with the editing nonsense that is going on. I remember in Arab spring where CNN was running a gunfire loop over a live picture and thinking no one would notice.
that isn’t news reporting. that is altering a story to make dramatic and emotional storytelling about something happening but isn’t the reality of the moment.
I digress. the good news is that there still is access to the internet public library. the bad news is that you have to spend the time to sift what you are hearing in the USA against the rest of the world. I figured there would have been an increase in editing and the ability to report a story. for now, all they have done is figured out a way to overhype anything, try to make the house of cards look important and pray the next story comes along before the wind blows the original house of cards story over. and yes, one has to do it with animated talking hands, perky smiley (and well paid) talking heads, sharing a lot of opinions and very little truth of the overall story.
I think they get awards for being that best doing that as well.
when did the world of people believing the hype really happen? when did it become a seeming sin to ask, “why?”