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Mother Of Four Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 09:09 AM
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The problem with "Television" and the news...
Edited on Sat Nov-17-07 09:14 AM by Mother Of Four
Is that they know it's a quickly sinking ship. People are getting more accurate news faster by surfing the net. Amature VOLUNTEER newscasters, bloggers, and journalists.

Why do you think so many are after regulating the internet? It's because they know without a shadow of a doubt that unless its for entertainment, the "news" on the screen will be replaced for the most part. Who owns the news? Huge communication companies, with fingers in everything. They do NOT want their fingers cut off or burned.

The way to get people to watch television, is to create drama. Something that they will talk about, and want to see more of.

I hardly watch TV at all, even the debates I watch with streaming video.

I only have one thing to say about the debate, I am severely disappointed in the whole thing.

My sweet husband and I looked at each other and literally said "If this keeps up, we're screwed."

The only thing we could think of was a bunch of kiddos pointing fingers and doing the he said she said thing.

I've gotten to the point where I really don't give a rats arse about he said she said. I want to hear QUALITY viewpoints on what they are going to do to fix this broken nation.

People it's time to wake up and smell the coffee. From the time I was around 15 years old, (I'm 37 now...and yes I'm talking over the duration of this time...22 years, it's when I started paying attention.) I've seen our freedoms slowly stripped, I've seen promise after promise broken, I've seen balancing of the budget by robbing peter to pay paul, in different administrations I've seen overspending that makes my chest hurt. Bankruptcies, house foreclosures, disasters...going un-talked about after the first initial gasp. I've seen people treating betrayal of marriage go from "Damn what a jerk" to "Hey its ok..it was only a blowjob...it's not like its real sex" I've seen politicians switch positions with the wind just to keep their office.

So many people losing jobs overseas due to these screwed up trade agreements. Our military stretched horribly thin. Children sickening and dying again, over bad toys. Super bugs out because of the medical industries messed up policies of throwing antibiotics against anything that sniffles.

Children, our future, going hungry and without assistance. Women having baby after baby to get a bigger check in the mail. Divorces at an all time high, more kids being raised by divorced parents than with parents who are still together. More people in such depression that drugs and alc are their only way out.

Police officers stationed in schools, even as low as elementary with metal detectors. Kids killing kids for their 15 mins of fame.

Politicians doing things blatantly that has me sputtering, but people defend the actions by saying "Well, what do you expect...thats politics."

The different parties at each others throats, instead of working together for a common good. That sickens me, I want people in office that will be grown up enough they can cross party lines and get things done.

Our country is DYING people, it's in its last throes of agony right now. The media is feeding this, because drama makes NEWS.




Done ranting now :( I don't know what I can do to help fix this, and it feels like my heart is breaking.
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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 09:15 AM
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1. To get anything of substance, go to the candidate's websites
and then to youtube, where there are plenty of postings of what the candidates are really saying.

Like you, I don't watch TV news-and hardly any TV at all (Judge Judy and Sam Waterston's parts of Law & Order excepted). It has become trite and boring. Besides, you can get what you want when you want it over the internet.

And of course they wish to censor it and regulate it. But with an international audience, can they really do that? Those around me who fear they can have taken to building alternative means of communication via short wave radio and underground radio.

The thing to do is to work locally with folks, bringing them into the political arena one at a time. I'm doing that here, and it take patience.

But you are right-our country, our world is dying. What springs from the ashes will be of our choosing. Work for peace and walk in the Light.
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chelsea0011 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 09:40 AM
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2. There is nothing of substance on network news. And even with only 20 minutes to deliver
the news they still save the last 5 minutes for some really stupid story that should be on the morning shows in their second hour. I don't watch Couric but I have to get her promos on my local news and her promo was about a couple of 80 something identical twins who still dress alike coming up on the news. Good grief! The network news is for the first 5 minutes and cable is on and off with the clicker.
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