News and Entertainment For the Masses – Becoming Today’s Soma
Have you ever read the book ‘Brave New World’ by Aldous Huxley?
It used to be required reading in high school, but that seems to have changed – it’s probably too intelligent for today’s students to absorb.
In the book, Soma was the drug that everyone took in order to forget their problems and feel happy. Huxley has been said to have been predicting Prozac and all of the other psychoactive drugs we commonly prescribe today to make everything better.
In reality, though, I think that Huxley was actually predicting the news media of today. Think about it for a minute.
Every night, millions of Americans tune into the news networks: CNN, Fox, NBC, ABC, or what have you. Every single one of those networks will play the same news stories, with each story having a different slant, and with none actually discussing the truth.
The story will boil down to one of three things: political ‘right-left’ arguments, a ‘crisis’ or ‘alert’ that requires immediate attention, or a pending problem that needs immediate attention – probably from the government.
Ever notice this phenomenon?
Outside of the extremely local stories and the homogenized ‘feel good’ human interest stories, those three things describe every news story broadcast. Watch the news, flip some channels, and tell me if I’m wrong.
NEWS AND ENTERTAINMENT ARE THE SAME TO THEM
What they’re doing is entertaining you, not informing you. That’s what news is to them, entertainment and ratings. They only give you half the story, part of the truth, a little bit of the information – just enough to make you keep watching. Then they go to commercial.
Occasionally, it seems as if they’re all in league with one another and are working to deceive you. How can this be? After all, they’re all different news organizations, right? Well, not really.
THE NEWS AND ENTERTAINMENT CABAL
When you boil down the ownership of the major news corporations – the television, print, and broadcast media – you find out that there are only a handful of them that own all of the broadcast and print news in the nation. Four to be exact.
No wonder they all look the same. Right? Now consider that those four news owners are all getting their information from the same two news feeds or aggregators. Those two are also owned by those same four corporations.
Now it really makes sense. No? So what about the missing stories and empty news information?
NEWS AND ENTERTAINMENT MISLEADS ON PURPOSE
Well, maybe not entirely on purpose, but they do it willfully, that’s for sure. There might be a reason behind the manipulation, since the ownership is so concentrated, but it could also be that they are all just learning from the same ‘school’ as it were. Maybe this narrow editorship just tends to make all of the news the same on every channel.
For example, recently, there was a somewhat concerning outbreak of flu that was going around. It had killed some people in Mexico, but so far in the U.S. had only affected about 80 people and all of them had just been a little under the weather – the worst of them had gone to the emergency room and been given over-the-counter medicine.
Well, the news made it sound like there was a huge pandemic of a deadly virus spreading throughout the nation, originating from Mexico. It was ready to kill everyone. We were in deadly peril from this evil flu strain invading our nation. 80 people got a little sick. That translated to ‘pandemic.’
The news interviewed scientists, doctors, anyone they could get a hold of with an ounce of credibility. They wanted to know ‘what was being done,’ and ‘how we could stop this’ and especially ‘what people at home can do.’ It was pathetic.
Pathetic, but enlightening. No wonder more and more people everyday abandon the nightly newscasts and go online for their news or watch John Stewart. On a serious note, hidden behind Stewart’s humor is the courage to ask important questions that others avoid.
But the truth is no laughing matter.
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