NEWS: Information, or Distraction?

DistractionCable and broadcast TV plus newspaper chains now owned by a half dozen or so news giants control what we learn every day about our world. In the U.S, most of these reflect the Obama Administration and/or Democratic Party talking points with Fox News left to the Republicans.

All of them appear as propaganda organs of the same interests. Fox may differ with the rest on policy but it reports the same ‘crises’ and fails to report the same omissions as its competition. All the major news outlets seem flacks of the State.

Just now, we are hearing of Ferguson’s replacement, ISIS. ISIS plays its part perfectly, sawing off another head whenever it starts to drift out of the news. And the reporters (those still capitated) troop dutifully back to obsess some more over the awfulness of it all.

What’s happening in Ukraine? Have we learned who shot down the Malaysian flight? Are the masquerading Russian invaders taking over? What’s going on in Argentina since the government declared itself a command economy? Where are the talking heads discussing the ramifications of the economic slowdown now impacting China? How are Greece and Spain dealing with their deep depressions? How is the U.S. doing against Boko Haram and al – Shabab? How much help will be offered the Philippines for its ongoing threats from China? Will Japan go nuclear to defend itself against Chines bellicosity? Never mind, only ISIS is news. ISIS that has ticked off all the Arabs plus the Iranians from its little chunk of the Iraqi/Syrian outback. Why does the U.S. even care? It’s broke, remember?

It cares because the warfolk need replacements for their business now that Iraq and Afghanistan are no longer producing. A new menace is needed for the perpetual war. The Europeans won’t go for a war with Russia over Ukraine; they aren’t ready to replace heating gas with long underwear this coming winter. And they’ve blown their money on welfare, not arms anyway.

So our newsfolk make do with ISIS until something better comes along. It beats having to cover the news and distracts the citizens from what would only worry them. And that takes heat off the politicians, a win – win all around. At least, until the stock market crashes …

About Jack Curtis

Suspicious of government, doubtful of economics, fond of figure skating (but the off-ice part, not so much) Couple of degrees in government, a few medals in figure skating; just reading and suspicion for economics ...
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9 Responses to NEWS: Information, or Distraction?

  1. Pete says:

    Sometimes I think we may have some form of long distance ‘Vulcan mind meld’ going on when I read your postings. We may not agree on everything but when we do it is almost a perfect match. I guess the saying ‘Great minds think alike’ would apply if I hadn’t forgotten where I left
    mine…….old-timers you understand.

  2. simon682 says:

    Well argued. I may not agree with all the details but I certainly agree that there is a worry over what gets reported and how.

  3. Exactly! These days if you want news you have to hunt for it yourself. Alternatively, we could do what you do and treat the news as a new game of “hunt the gap”. See what major news items the powers-that-be have omitted and spread your theories far and wide on the internet why they have done that. It’s what I do. It’s fun!!!!!

  4. You are so right. I hardly ever watch the news anymore because it is so obvious we are being sold a piece of mediated reality that has very little to do with what’s actually going on in the world. It’s kind of scary, because journalism is such a vital cornerstone of our democracy and without it we’re kind of teetering like a three legged stool or something.

    • Jack Curtis says:

      Indeed, I am not sure that we still have journalism as we have understood it … and even less sure that we still have a Constitution of that description. And there is a suspicion that a significant percentage of the population, doesn’t care… Yet.

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