Monday, June 4, 2012

Important Impotent Media

Today I started the day in a rather bad mood. You see... I started it by watching one of those news channels that get commercials... Mostly about the news channel itself, telling me how important it is, and how awesome their work is for my personal improvement/empowerment in life.
Have you ever seen this?
Suddenly the "news" is interrupted by cool effects, explosions, drama, oil-tankers sinking, hugging children, and the fierce news-anchor standing in the middle of it, telling us all how impressed we should be by the sacrifice he or she does on our behalf by telling us a somewhat random story in the general vicinity of the action.
Their slogans might sound something like this: "CNN, telling you what you should know so you don´t have to!" or "FOX; in a shitload of action so YOU might live to see another day!"

It took about five minutes before I was fuming at the TV and my girlfriend was fuming at me for being a dick at the breakfast table later on.
WHY you ask? Why was I fuming? Because of the ridiculousness of it all, basically.
To me it seems like the news channels are giving themselves a blowjob every time they see their own reflection, so they make x-amount of commercials in addition to the actual news casting.
This makes the news, at best, second rate in my opinion. 
You see. The general media, or the world media, have lost their value. What in some point in the past was news, has now become shredded pieces of shit-stories, borderline propaganda and drama seeking. Instead of watching the news, I suddenly find myself watching old men giving themselves the dirty look in high resolution profile pictures where there in a perfect world instead would be deliverance of information.

Staring stoically into the horizon

Its not that I don´t get the news... Its more like I am increasingly aware that the "news" is highly suspect as it is made by people who are more engulfed by their own story than the actual news.

I am no media-scholar, so I will save myself the embarrassment of trying to sound like I have the competence of one. Yet, I can´t pretend to NOT know the extreme impact of the world media. Sufficed to say, it is great... therefore it´s even more important for them to act less like cancer, and more like the democratic institution they are.
If I wanted news the "interesting" way, I would watch this guy:

The sad thing is that I get more information about the actual state of the contemporary world by watching him, than watching some of the mayor news-stations.

holy shit I have to learn how to not give a crap
Because right now I believe that a ten year old is more suited to do the job properly than some of the current anchors...

"And in Iran today..."

Agreed. The anchors aren´t the ones that make the stories, or makes the decisions concerning the way in witch we get the news. Its easy to get angry at them though, as they represent the face of the institution. It just pisses me off that the news has become more and more tabloid even in the current information-gathering environment of the world. This leads me to think about a world without any news at all and what it would look like. I mean... As humans in the western hemisphere (and most probably the rest of the world as well)  we are addicted to information, so there would obviously be some kind of "news" in some form or another. But would it be possible to do it without the "grandness" of it? Would it be possible to transcend information without the "big-daddy"-syndrome taking over? The intention of the media, in my opinion, is to make society more open, more free. Not borderline theater like it is today...

I´m going to go apologize to my girlfriend now, unless I want to make the headliners on tomorrows cockshow.


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