(the) News !

15 Jun

(the) News !

Thursday, June 15 th, 2017

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Q.  How does one get (the) News?

A.  With extreme difficulty, especially in the U.S.A.

Why?  Perhaps because it is a business, and the business model (i.e. sell ads and influence people to think and feel in a way (away?) to make them think and feel a need to purchase the products – (products in the ads and the product of the “news” provider itself) – being presented as part of “the News” package.

Workarounds:

  •      Observe what “the News” is not talking about, and seek out that information.
  •      Filter out the majority of (top) stories and lock your thoughts on the subject due to the fact that you do not have enough information – only too much partial information.
  •      Shakespeare’s line in Hamlet “The Lady protests too much, methinks.” should be considered (it works with “gushes too much” also) on most “top stories”.
  •      Think about why your attention is being pointed in one direction when there is so much else going on.
  •       Seek out “news” by the subject(s) you are interested in, and search non-“news” sources.

American “news” is arguably the worst.

Example 1:

“Deadly poison gas cloud speeding your way” – but first, wait for the ads to load.

(try dw.com for a while and see what it is like without ads and when you hit the “back” button, it does what it is supposed to.)

Example 2:

The days of “the good journalist” – did their best to put a story together for an editor to chop up and an often inappropriate headline attached – are gone.

When we relied on newspapers, at least it was on paper and did not go away for a while.  With TV and web “news”,  it can dissappear as fast as you can hit F5.

The web did not kill newspapers – the “news” did.

The news is not trying to kill you, you are needed for them to sell things.

The news is trying to turn your brain into mush.

And:  There is good news!

There really is.  The bad news is:  try finding the good news in the “news”.

GM

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