The Individual v.s Mass Media

Although I honestly believe most humans have a knack for spotting a liar, it has to be said even the most independent minded of people can become anesthetized with the media’s day by day inconsistent blurred snapshots of human existence. Achieving a comprehensive understanding of any given issue be it government legislation, a natural disaster or a conflict is made impossible on all levels by the media (whose true concern is profit, as opposed to journalistic integrity)

In the milieu of this data-storm; clips, flashes, rolling text, sound bites, it amounts to sensory overload, each day, over and over again, yet we think we have control…we are being mentally overwhelmed each day.

Let me be more concrete, I’ve been trying to follow the situation in Iraq, where violence has been escalating in recent months. The situation in Iraq is often not even reported on, and when it is reported on, it’s fragmented, there is no consistent frame of reference provided by the media, if one really wants an authentic picture of Iraq one must turn to investigative journalists whose objective isn’t financial, one has to critically investigate and draw one’s own conclusions.

Most people generally don’t bother to go through that process (some with greater excuse than others) but what my point is, trust yourself and your own analytic faculties, don’t make the mistake of taking what’s presented at face value, for the sake of ‘news’, even if its 9:13 p.m and you’re worn out after a long day, on the cusp of that corrosive daily grind.