The Media should get its priorities straight.

Discussion in 'Everything Else' started by CriticAndProud, Jul 2, 2014.

  1. CriticAndProud

    CriticAndProud Resident Australian Adolescent (aka Xylophone Man)

    Ugh ! Anyone else frustrated when news programs and the like frequently get their priorities muddled ? I really don't care about which celebrity is sleeping with which person's wife or who has gone to rehab this week ,when much more important things are happening in the world.
     
  2. Lily Sawyer

    Lily Sawyer Inquisitrice | Author | Mother of Jack

    You mean you've had it up to your ass with anything Kardashian?
    Come sit by me.
     
  3. CriticAndProud

    CriticAndProud Resident Australian Adolescent (aka Xylophone Man)

    Here in Australia, we don't actually get bombarded by much Kardashian, or I just have been to bored by that nonsense to notice. I sympathise with you, anyone who, as Wikipedia says "came to prominence after a 2003 sex tape" probably doesn't deserve their celebrity status.
     
  4. AnnaMarie

    AnnaMarie Well-Known Member

    We recently had a provincial election here. I actually like to watch the debates, here the politicians talking. You know, hear for myself.

    One news station was showing where a politician was going to speak, while the reporter went on about who knows what. When the politician stepped out, they played it live for about two minutes, then cut back to the reporter who said something about they would give us their highlights of the speech when he finished.

    No thank you. I prefer my politics without your twist.
     
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  5. mjs9153

    mjs9153 Guest

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    Agreed..even Spock finds this suspect, but the media does seem to prefer mindmush stories.. Suppose they're a lot easier to do..
     
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  6. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    They give the majority of the people what they want: gossip, innuendo, and a sneak peek into someone else's bedroom. Frustrating, isn't it?
     
  7. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...I'll say it one more time...
     
  8. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    Actually, I think our society's been systematically dumbed down for decades. We're told what to want and the powers that be know that if someone's told something enough times he begins to believe it, no matter how absurd it is.
     
  9. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    I was thinking of that song, too! I'm embarrassed for us about this. The media tries to feed you enough garbage so you forget what's important. Just watch the commercials, buy more stuff, feed the machine, have your own reality show. It's ridiculous.
     
  10. Autumn Gust

    Autumn Gust Well-Known Member

    We've moved away from a print based culture to a visual based one. It's all about images conveyed in thirty second snippets. Everything is entertainment now, including our political process. This explains the population's general lack of reading ability and comprehension, analytical ability, writing ability, and civility in society today. :flat:
     
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  11. mjs9153

    mjs9153 Guest

    It sure is..where are the Woodward and Bernsteins today? You would think that journalists would be hungry to do their jobs,and set aside their personal feelings,to get after big stories regardless of party affiliations..like you,I tend to view both sides with a jaundiced eye,and wish that the media would take their responsibilities seriously and hold our electeds accountable,both sides.
     
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  12. VampireLily

    VampireLily Vampire Goddess & General P.I.T.A

    i signed in to my AOL account yesterday to retrieve mail and the first 2 stories were about Kim Kardashian and how unhappy she was because she felt that she was being discriminated against by someone who made racist remarks. The 3rd story was about a baby bear that somehow managed to get his head stuck in a plastic cookie jar.... the very last story was about the murdered Israeli boys.


    Yup. That pretty much sums up a typical day.
     
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  13. DiO'Bolic

    DiO'Bolic Mr. Man

    Or in the case of the IRS scandal you could ask “Where are Woodward and Bernstein?" :)
     
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  14. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    You'd think so...except that very few TV "journalists" are paid by anything but a network, and networks are in the business of making money. They do that by attracting advertising dollars, and those tend to rush with the station with the highest viewership. Unfortunately, veiwers aren't really interested in more than a few seconds of any story, and if it isn't 'sexy' (actual sex, drama, faux poignancy, intrusion into peoples' lives at hard times), most don't care at all. We are content to let others think for us.

    There is a very good book about that phenomenon called Amusing Ourselves to Death (Neil Postman). He tackles the creeping dullness of the American mind quite well, and he doesn't limit his examination to infotainment, either. Religion and education come under the microscope, as well.

    Ultimately, we as a society have to take control by demanding better, by educating ourselves, by looking deeper. The money will follow the interest. Hope we do so, but its easier to live in a Fahrenheit 451 world (yes, I know common criticism focuses on book burning and censorship, but Bradbury claimed he was more worried about the creeping numbness created by TV), where we're entertained and told what to think.
     
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  15. Lily Sawyer

    Lily Sawyer Inquisitrice | Author | Mother of Jack

    Well, as the song says, "Kick 'em when they're up, kick 'em when they're down"....and to the curb say I.
     
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  16. mjs9153

    mjs9153 Guest

    yes that's what I meant.. You would think that a journalist looking to make his bones would really want to dig on that story..
     
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  17. DiO'Bolic

    DiO'Bolic Mr. Man

    Actually I think both our comments are appropriate. The originals, and those that have followed who are more interested in getting to the truth above all else. The media these days seems to be the place where this administration's scandals go to die.
     
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