Don’t worry if you can’t see the difference that easily, not a lot of people can since these days the media is kind of a running joke with commentators that serve as opposing ringleaders and clowns that tell jokes that aren’t funny and incite emotions that we may or may not want to feel. In other words, the media is a circus that we continue to pay to see, but at this time it’s fair to say that a lot of us are wondering why since it’s the same as it’s always been, a giant game of back and forth that pits one side against the other.
The only difference today is that through the accumulation of years, more problems have arisen within the news media circus, and a lot of positions that were at one time so grounded and so easily relied upon are now in jeopardy of being seen as little more than running punchlines to tell at parties and laugh at as we think of crying at the same time. The long and short of it is that the news media has become a sad, inflated remnant of what it once was, and what we’re left with is a room full of egos that wouldn’t fit into a clown car. It’s cynical, isn’t it, to think this way? About a decade ago I would have said yes, of course it is. But after all that’s been seen in recent times, it’s a little too realistic. The circus set up shop decades ago, and the circus has been grinding on ever since.
There’s little to no confidence in the media.
There’s not much reason for it to be honest, since the media has become no better than the presidential candidates during the debates, which is a mud-slinging show each and every election. The only difference is that if one puts a laugh track on in the background each time a media outlet lets their people start talking, it might actually be funny. People might not be worried that one of these nuts is going to be the person that will be running the country. At least with news channels, one can take a good chunk of what they say and just dump it so that the rest can be understood. Unfortunately, there are a few reasons why such cynicism is aimed at the news channels at this time.
- Too much opinion, too little news. If the different news stations would stop sniping at one another and actually report the news it would be amazing, not to mention unprecedented since almost every time a news channel comes on, a person can count on one thing: they’re going to bash their competitor instead of focusing on facts, no matter how good or bad those facts might be.
- Fear is an acceptable currency today. Unfortunately, even the channels that tell you not to be afraid are great at using this method since they’ll go ahead and tell you that the other side wants you to be afraid, and then eventually they’ll tell you that you should be, because the ‘other side’ is coming for your rights, your liberties, your freedoms, and blah, blah, blah. In other words, it’s a ‘I’m on your side, they’re not’ type of scenario.
- It’s expected that every news channel will cover the same talking points over and over, but what’s getting really annoying is that they say almost the exact same thing over and over, as though they’re passing around a well-worn script. That’s disturbing in and of itself since it means there’s a level of connection there that makes each news channel just a little more worthless given that they’re saying the same things but in a different voice.
One has to wonder about this, especially since every channel is part of the same overall media circus. How much do they share with each other, how much do they really grind on each other, and how much of it is an act, a push and pull type of act to make the American people pick sides for ratings and to create a fanbase? It’s not paranoia at this point, it’s a healthy line of questioning that allows people to retain what’s left of their sanity and really listen to the undertones of the media in order to discover if there really is anyone on their side.
Let’s talk about the fear-mongering for just a moment.
It’s a problem, there’s no doubt about it, especially since it’s often media-driven since people are already afraid of enough thanks to the fact that doomsayers have been stating that the world is going to end of decades if not longer, the pandemic and the year 2020 left a lot of raw emotions, and there’s no telling what might be coming that the news will grab hold of and crack like a whip. If ever this saying had a moment when it would be true, it’s now:
It doesn’t take much to scare people and make them panic, and the real downside of this is when the ‘herd’ is scared, they don’t really listen to an individual unless the individual or that group has the kind of chutzpah to make their voice heard and their words understood. Sadly, we don’t have that kind of individual in office at the moment, and there are too many ringleaders in the media circus at this point for the people to choose from. In short, this circus has too many tents for the viewers to visit and no map to help them navigate through the maze of bs and bravado. As a result, people aren’t certain which way to turn, and when people get uncertain, they get afraid. And that’s when this happens:
Okay, that’s a little melodramatic, but it got your attention, didn’t it? That’s how the news media works, they throw up something you’re bound to pay attention to, be it graphs, charts, visuals, images, or just a bunch of fancy words used in a way that’s designed to reach you on the most effective level, and POOF, just like a burst of fire at the circus, you’re paying attention and they’ve got you right where they want you. You still think it’s paranoia, don’t you? Maybe it is, but maybe it’s what you need to subscribe to from time to time, not on a constant basis.
Like it or not, the media channels you watch know how to get to you in various ways. They’ve studied the American people, they know the buzz words that get people going, and they know how to put on one hell of a show. Whether or not you’re going to be able to see past it is up to you, since the media has been around a long time and have learned a great number of tricks to keep you right where they feel you need to be. What’s the difference between the media and Radass? We’re all about opinion and letting your voice ring out if you have something to say. The news media might say that same thing, but chances are they’re going to guide your thinking the moment they hear something contrary to what they’re trying to push. Here, you can just let it rip and we’ll reply and react, not steer or crack the whip to get you to say what we want.
Social Media, you’re on the hook too.
I do believe that I would need an entire article just to talk about social media, but until that day comes, and it probably will, let’s just say this: People really need to get off of social media now and again to experience life rather than watch it on a smaller screen. Thankfully there are still plenty of people that know how to put the phone or other device down. Some are stuck with a permanent claw however from holding their phone for too long, and it’s kind of sad really.
Social media sites aren’t much better since the news media has moved in there and set up shop as well, as many people have notifications that will alert them to anything new that the news media feels that they NEED TO KNOW. Good lord, how many people’s phones are chiming every minute on the minute per day? The crap factory that is the news media doesn’t stop after all since they have professional writers digging for something every second of the day, don’t they?
It’s a crazy world we live in when the news media has this much control over our lives, especially when the media is like a poorly-run circus in which the ringleaders keep telling you which way to look and how to feel. Oh well. What are your thoughts on this Radasser’s? It’d be great to get your take on the news media of today.