June 28, 2015
Garbage In, Garbage Out

From News: the Politics of Illusion, by W. Lance Bennett:

More important, a hard look at information quality shows that far from “comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable,” the mass media play a major political role by not taking sides at all. In theory it seems fair for the media to be neutral. In practice, however, journalistic neutrality means that groups with the loudest, best financed and most rehearsed voices get their messages across more effectively and more often. The result of journalism’s unwillingness to develop a voice for democracy is that the news has become virtually a direct pipeline for propaganda from powerful organizations to the people. In practice then, medial neutrality must be a great comfort to the already comfortable and an additional affliction to the already afflicted.

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at June 28, 2015 03:39 PM
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What we once said was always true. Our new Apple got hacked the first day and it is hacked now. But we may soon find ourselves free from George Orwell's worst nightmare that came true for us, but this time it was my nightmare and I see the effects. Watching someone you love starting to pull out sociology books on subjects centered around "state based repression" wakens one up to the certain knowledge that what affects one, often affects those around him or her. But a certain awakening seem to have arisen and I almost seem to desire to start reading some books centered around a certain Arthur Conan Doyle character, et al. That's when I discovered this blog and then my life changed forever, and love always wins in the end. Or so they say in fairy tales and in Hollywood and we still believe those things do happen in America too. Eventually.

On the other hand, perhaps becoming a contributor to this blog again might make some sense again, after some healing that will need to happen into to make the ground I stand on able to be nourishing and able to allow wonderful new creations never seen before start to happen, now finding myself starting to be vindicated about what I often said very long ago. That truth I often spoke of turned into the worst nightmare even George Orwell couldn't have imagined.

Last night I dreamed a nightmare and woke up crying, which has never happened to me before. I think that might signify the beginning of my own healing starting to reach the point where I can see that a bed of roses might come back again and productivity and creativity might come back again too, but this time on steroids, as I now have much more to write about and the urge is far stronger than before. But when one finds a vulture sitting on one's shoulder, something like Poe's Raven, it becomes paralyzing but the vulture is certainly to be prevented from sitting here again, in due time.

For everything there is a season, as Pete Seeger and the writer of the good book of Ecclesiastes said. And maybe that time to come is to be fruitful. Maybe not, depending on whether medical systems can be encouraged to operate as they should, and not be deceptive and continue to foster vulture cultures. We think there is indeed reason to be hopeful. Very hopeful.

Sherlock certainly is on the case or so we heard but a political name appeared on one of those pages which didn't belong there, and that was an evil trick that Sherlock or his friends would not appreciate if he knew what we saw put on his and his companion's page. Businesses don't team up with political parties and evil men shouldn't be allowed to cause that to happen but we saw it happen. And we knew it didn't belong to Sherlock or anyone close to him. That was an intruder and the work of an imposter, unless old things now dead are back, and we don't think that could possibly be true.

Perhaps I'd better try my hand at fiction for analogies. I can't seem to say what I want to say directly without giving up the game plan of the nonpolitical one created to do good.

One day maybe you'll hear more about this.

But maybe I'll get a new handle and appear again on these pages or elsewhere. We shall see.

Posted by: an old voice on June 28, 2015 10:49 PM
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