Friday, August 22, 2014

Weird News Stories

I don't believe a lot of the news anymore.
I certainly don't believe news on blogs because, well, it isn't news.
 Blogs are stories and  biased opinion that have little to do with journalism.

In journalism you tell the story in one or two opening sentences, a short paragraph.
People have short attention spans. They aren't willing to wade through paragraphs of talk.
 Blogs are what newspapers used to call think pieces.
Journalism is just the news reported quickly and with as many verifiable facts as possible.
 But what passes for news today seems more like blogging and about  stirring up emotion or generating propaganda than reporting  fact.
Newspapers and TV/radio news should report facts and let you make up your own mind.

One story I find weird is about  a woman who, disoriented from being pushed from behind and  in high heeled sandals no less,  ran down two 13 year old boys and captured one of them just in time for a passing photojournalist to memorialize the whole scene!  

  She then posed with the boy for photos and stood close by while cops arrested him.
What decent news source posts photos of juvenile offenders?
Grand larceny as the charge?   That is one expensive phone unless they  lowered the dollar amount for grand larceny.
“I was all disoriented.My headphones almost came off." the New York Post reported her as saying.
Oh the humanity!

Well, everyone else believes it so who am I to question it all?
Still, this story seems to fall into the alien vampire baby category.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Pavlov's Dogs and the News

The average person's reaction to the credit card knife story might be one of shock and the question that might arise in their mind is 'why are people carrying knives?'
The association of these little gizmos with the TSA, which is associated with 'terror' is obvious: if you carry a pocket knife you are a terrorist.
 The idea is to make people associate certain things with terror. Pavlov's dogs were trained to salivate every time a bell went off in anticipation of food.
The media can be used to train people to react in certain ways to words and ideas.
You just need to keep associating an object with negative feelings and situations and then people will begin to automatically react in a negative way.  So, your first reaction to such a story might be one of concern.
The news media is a good method for mass training because the news is manufactured official stories that are brought to you with certain attitudes will effect how you see things.

It is important to always notice how a news story makes you feel and then ask yourself why it makes you feel that way.

Here is just one little example of how the media preaches the same thing over and over on every channel from scripts provided to them. You Tube is full of examples like this.
Note the smiles and the 'don't worry, be happy' attitude on the part of the news readers.

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Story You Haven't Heard

"Our Lives, Our Fortune, Our Sacred Honor"

No nation is like her and her founders fully understood that.
They understood it so well that they pledged everything to make it happen. Lives, fortunes, all of it. And, they stood behind it.
She has been, by the goodness of God,the only nation that has stood between freedom and tyranny.

These are the heroes who pledged everything for the greatest dream ever seen on earth.
It will surprise you who these men were and how much they sacrificed.

These are the stories you never heard before.