Has anyone noticed the preponderance of complaints against the media? Has anyone listened to how the Neocons blame the Liberal Media while the Democrats blame the administration’s so-called Media Mouthpiece? Kind of amusing, isn’t it?
Really, now, we can’t have it both ways. How can a near corporate monopoly act anyway other than as a corporation? Why should, say, Viacom care what slant a certain city’s newspaper or a network’s new show displays, when it owns other papers that slant opposite? The purpose is to sell papers that sell advertising, and if the cretins – I mean people – want to read that crap, let them. Accuracy is not important.
The people who squeal the loudest are extremists, who by their very nature can’t abide differenced of opinion. Extremists are always crying “unfair!” when they really mean, “I don’t like this.” I learned in basic psychology that fairness isn’t equal. Since media is adept at angering all sides, maybe they’re being fair after all. Just Kidding!
This is where the blogs fit in. noise is being made about us bloggers, but really, most media outlets don’t know what to think of us. No mind the slant, bloggers don’t compute: there’s no money in it, there’s no guarantee anyone will visit any particular blog, and the audience is largely made up of bloggers. Never mind that there a few million of us! Corporate mentality cannot grok blogging.
This is because what we are really doing is stealing back the dissemination of ideas. We are anti-media, non-corporate voices playing on a suddenly level field. Ignore Howard Dean if you like, ignore the Downing Street memo. They aren’t going away. Long after the two are past newsworthy (if indeed they ever will be deemed so), the Internet search engines will provide links to them just as if they’re fresh and tasty. Future searchers will be able to regurgitate facts the media and its controlling entities would rather leave in the trash.
I can’t reiterate this enough: It’s important! Information is power, and the power is shifting to the masses. This is a good thing! It’s no longer the loudest, best-funded voice that will matter, but the harmonics of like-minded millions shouting in unison. Don’t let the affluent few dictate policy, speak out with your own voice!