We don’t know how it is with you. With us, if we rely upon TV and newspapers for information, the only significant events in the world right now, concern Ebola and ISIS. And even if you resort to the Internet, so pervasive is the “major news media” that those subjects still overwhelm any others. It seems to us, that describes the extent to which the communication channels of the world have been taken over by government propaganda.
We recall vaguely that there is some sort of war going on in Ukraine. There’s a hazy memory of Boko Haram kidnapping almost 300 Christian schoolgirls in Nigeria. We’re aware that Democrats and Republicans wish to control Congress after the election of November 4th. And we all know, newsvendors to the contrary notwithstanding, that our incomes supply less food, energy and other necessities but that’s background; the news is ISIS and Ebola. Neither of which, you note, is important in these United States just now. Could it be that the Powers That Be wish our attention diverted from our daily lives, our open borders, our declining living standards? We have no doubt that our military interests want more, profitable conflict rather than budget reductions because we’ve run out of wars.
We dunno, of course. That would require mind-reading abilities approaching those of a wife when her husband is hoping she will overlook something. We are below that level, but we persist. Republicans have little to hide just now (except voting for the overspending they claim to adjure) because they have little, period. No heavyweight candidates, no heavyweight plans to save the bankrupt economy. Nothing, essentially but the existential fact that they are not Democrats. Whoopee!
The Democrats contrariwise, have a light, heavyweight candidate whom thy or at least, many of them, would rather not have and they are wedded to an economic plan that has proven unable to save the economy. Whoopee, II. Lots of reasons for either of these folk to prefer we worry about Ebola and ISIS. And too, every minute of news dwelling upon these subjects reaps big advertising bucks without the offsetting expense of costly news gathering. Color us cynical, if you wish.
We’ll make a little bet, though, say lunch. The day after November 4th elections, we will hear a lot less of Ebola and ISIS, unless something materializes to alter that. Meantime, those desperate for real news may surf the Internet in hope. News is still there, if you dig for it. At least, until the FCC gets its way and ‘regulates’ the net. Say as Russia is doing and China has already done. That is on the way, because the American publid doesn’t seem o care. Yet.