Mon Oct 15, 2012, 02:00 PM
MrScorpio (67,030 posts)
Existing without either institutional memory or a sense of irony [View all]
When you watch the morning news pundits, don't you also perceive that that's the world in which they live, as do I?
That in making connections to past policies, that's to be left unsaid, or that they leave absent thoughtful considerations about the implications of doing something had always turned out to create catastrophic failures, not to mention all the false analogies taken as absolute canon, unchallenged propaganda, out of context statements and illogical conclusions; it's clear that the media totally obfuscates perceptions, leaves plenty of room for doubt, creates tension and uncertainty and leaves the viewer less informed than ever?
Such is why we have so many low-information and uncommitted voters in a so-called age of high availability of information. Even if the information is plentiful, yet its overall quality is poor, it all amounts to nothing more than the news equivalent of empty calories.
There's alternative press, of course. But even there one risks isolating oneself in a bubble of misperception. Without an ability to correctly assess the quality of information, most Americans are unable to transcend biases, critically reject propaganda and correctly perceive the information that they're getting.
Things that I've objected to... There's a false narrative going around right now that style in the debates trumps content. This has dictated that lying is perfectly acceptable in order to consider it a way to win. Or that the judgement of style and the dependency on memorization and delivery somehow denotes the qualifications to fill high office. This would be true if we're all voting to elect the best debater in the world, instead of chief executive. I find the trend of demoting content under style extremely disturbing. It's not all that relevant in creating the right expectations for qualification to do the job of running the country, is it not?
Since most of our media is commercially owned by corporations that profit greatly from a woeful lack of public participation, it stands to reason that our general inability to process information, our apathetic reaction to regressive government and outright crony capitalism is a planned response.
After watching the news, we're supposed to be depressed, even about the leaders that we support and the causes that are close to our hearts. Confusion and frustration are altogether natural outcomes of a general inability to properly process information. This allows and promotes a trend in which the people routinely vote against their own best interests. Instead of applying a proper context to their decision making, the depend on false memes and incomplete narratives.
We don't get information that allows us to make the best decisions, we merely absorb a managed and controlled form of programming that's designed to create outcomes that we neither need nor want.
We all need to have information to properly process the information that we're getting. To not retain an adequate base knowledge and a proper capacity to process information is nothing more than negligence in my book.
I'm not satisfied with the news content and delivery at all and I can explain why I'm not happy with it.
When something is wrong, it's so obvious to me why.
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