Thanks to thetyee.ca for the cartoon.
The other day I had a conversation about a news item, and the topic turned to discuss how inadequate the media is to tell the complete story. We get the news that the Government wants us to have, the one that they have already spun to the news outlets.
We get the message from news people that are not experts, that give us the full impression that they are the experts, the exact people that should give us the news, that they are best qualified to deliver the news, and we should listen. BUT, because they are either inept, or that they are not the experts that they portray themselves to be we are ill informed and often times, when it is so vitally important for us, the public, to be informed, our Democracy is put into jeopardy.
Take for example; Stephan Harper goes off for talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The media there are not economists, they are not trade experts, and they sure aren’t informed about what a Democracy is. Pretty much any activist would be screaming out how the talks are talks between the Wealthy and the Wealthy, and the little person is going to get…., well, let’s leave it at, that is what the agreement was all about in the long, the Wealthy taking more money from the lower classes. And the Party in power, in each country, is doing it’s best to help the Wealthy to take our money.
Well, maybe I shouldn’t be too hard on the journalists, and the newscasters, they weren’t invited into the talks to tell us what was talked about. All they had to go by is the slips of information that was spun to them and the hot air that the leaders blew at the end of the talks. Where is the screaming about the secrecy; a whole nation of voters have one man that doesn’t give us a say, and doesn’t want know our opinion about anything, is talking to a foreign leader that doesn’t give a darn about his people, and they are talking about how they are going to change our nations. And they were the only ones invited. Our guy could well be leading us into dictatorship and we would never know what they are shaking their hands over.
And the voters keep content at home, knowing that all is well, that their one man is taking care of everything for them abroad. That is why they remain silent in their democracy, and that is why they are called Sheeple.
Here is an interesting clip I hear on the Current, a CBC radio show. The host was Rick MacInnes-Rae was speaking with British philosopher and author Alain de Botton on why we need to scale back on too much news.
I guess you could put it this way, you can’t see the trees for the forest. It is a great clip.
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