This is how revolutions happen.
Why is Netflix offering A YEAR of PAID vacation for parents of newborns?
I’ll give you a hint:
The manipulation of interviews by the media is quite frightening.
Of course, it shouldn’t be outlawed.
Our brains are all we have and thankfully, if we lose our mental capabilities or never had them to begin with, there are others that can care for us, although someone has to have the brains in order for life to flourish.
The function of news is to exist as a confirmation bias: nothing more, nothing less.
It is simply and exactly making money to tell people exactly what they want to hear, and that doesn’t always involve learning (in fact, in most cases, it doesn’t because most of the biggest news organizations don’t have a dedicated “education” segment, although they all like to warm your hearts by telling you just how much they actually educate you. The news has always frightened me; how I never understood that grown adults, after their long, hard days at work, would choose to sit at home and basically have someone treat them like a child: “Now you just sit down right there, and we’ll tell you everything that is going on, and we’ll pretty much control everything for you.” It’s just always been frightening to me, thank God. I’m glad that I was born to avoid it and don’t rely on it like a newborn sucking on its mother’s teat (related: 1, 2 and 3).
There’s just something scary about gluing your eyes to the television and having someone “take care of you” in that way (that’s even the language that they use: “Sit right here and we’ll take care of you”). The entire thing is just scary to me, and I’m very thankful for that).
I have discovered the philosophical root of television “news” (the above post and the link to the left really explain to me how this behemoth known as “news” works and why it works how it works, and it does not provide a bode of confidence to say the least. Obviously, physical violence shouldn’t be used to prevent it, but I don’t like the way that it is going to go as far as people’s mentalities are concerned. I’m worried about what people’s mental states and capacities are going to become as a result of it (or, perhaps even more grimly, “the news” is just a reflection of it, which is even more terrifying)).
I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it until I die:
Those that CAN make the news, do and those that CAN’T make the news, make the news.
The ones who CAN do things, DO things, and the ones whom CAN’T do things, REPORT on those that do.
That’s why there’s so many incompetent news anchors in the world.
(And oh yeah, let’s not forget those that WATCH the news. They fit in between these two).
I’m going to write a piece called “Why I Don’t Watch the News” some day: here’s a small sample of how that might go (I hope it is as elaborate as “I Really Don’t CARE If Other People Don’t Like My Work” (see the link for that in the post below)).
I just imagined this scenario and I died a little bit on the inside (parenthesis are not part of the fictitious conversation. They are my real thoughts about the fictitious conversation):
Me: “I don’t watch the news.”
Someone else: “Why not?”
Me: “Because I can’t process it. It doesn’t give me enough time to think about what is being said because they transition news segments so quickly one right after the other that I can’t process the previous one without missing the next one, so there’s always something missing in this process. And there’s too many flashing lights and banners and graphics that I can’t concentrate on my thoughts about what are being said. It’s as if they don’t care about what I think: they’re just going to tell me what to think and I have to accept it if I watch the news. So then, I watch news programs that tell me what I already believe so I don’t have to think: I can just enjoy the pretty light show. And say that because I turned it to a particular channel that I watch ‘the news.’ But I can never fully process what is being said to me because of the speed and lights that bombard my brain. (Studies show that when you watch television, you are braindead (I’ll try to find a good source for this) and I’ve understood this phenomenon even as a kid, despite the fact that I still watch television (cartoons and sports)). It’s just like an assembly line: they keep moving full speed ahead even if someone is being left behind. You basically have to take their word for everything and hope that they’re telling you the truth but I like to be independent and think for myself before I come up with a conclusion that I think is the best. I think that accepting things that you hear without questioning them, doubting them and testing them is foolish and dangerous for many reasons that are too many to get into right now.”
Someone else: “You’re not supposed to think when you watch the news. You’re just supposed to listen. They do all of the thinking for you. That’s what they get paid to do.”
April 19, 2014.