Realize, Resist, Revolt (Part Two):
In our society, a person’s worldview is increasingly based upon events that were not physically experienced but dictated to her or him by the various media. Though the media is an effective tool for communication, one must remember its actual purpose. Unlike in the past, when television news was never meant to be a for-profit arm of a network, with the condensing/taking over of resources by multinational companies, a television news program, like any other television program in this capitalist system, exists to make a profit. It makes this profit by selling advertising time and it sells advertising time by getting high ratings. It is not designed to simply tell you the news, but to tell you the news in a way that will keep you from changing the channel. The same applies to radio news programs, while newspapers are written to sell the newspaper itself. They are all designed to tell the news, but more importantly they are designed to tell the news in a manner that will generate a profit. To some this may seem like a minor distinction, but this difference determines which news stories are covered, the amount and visibility of coverage, and the manner in which they are editorialized. In today’s news sphere it also dictates if the news leans towards some side of the issue, or attempts to actually sway the viewer to one side or another. This was never the purpose of the news. News was meant to be reported… un-objectively, with no bias. That is no longer the case. In the news capitalist society, it is now a commodity to be bought and sold. The news, and the way it is now reported has fractured the very fabric of our cultures and has re-enforced and created more divides between us as people. We know where to go to see, hear and digest news that leans more towards our way of thinking and seeing the world. That is not news. That is pandering. News was never meant to pander, it was meant to inform… period.
A society that accepts this edited information as the whole and unbiased truth subscribes to a worldview based upon popular opinion rather than fact and subjects itself to the will of the information providers. Without objective sources of information our society cannot make informed decisions concerning world events, or homeland politics. Such a state puts us in grave danger in this time of international power struggles and global corporations.