Wednesday, March 23, 2016

What's Up With The News

Someone said something very interesting in a recent conversation concerning national news stories. With incidents like San Bernardino, and the whole thing with the government claiming they couldn't hack into the suicide killers' cell phones, they said it reflected very poorly on the competency of U.S. government agencies, and the government as a whole. According to them... if the government were doing their job properly, the public wouldn't even know about such issues, as they would be getting handled behind the scenes; no need to bother the general population with it. And I thought this made a lot of sense.

Of course, there's the whole issue of sincerity: is it even possible that a government with satellites seeing everything from high in the sky, and cameras inside everywhere, could be unable to do something even children manage to do these days? (Breaking into a phone, btw) I'm not looking to open that particular can of worms today. I'm just wondering if it's irresponsible at best, and ill-intentioned at worst, for the the news to report certain types of stories. It's not as if these headlines empower or encourage people in their daily lives in any way. In fact, the fear and confusion they tend to induce would seem to have the opposite effect. What could someone have to gain out of this?

Well, there are those that like people to remain in as strong a state of fear as possible, for the purposes of their own agendas. There's also the problem of opinions. I've seen a trend where people will form opinions based on what they've heard or seen on TV or the web, and start to speak and believe on these things as if they had substantial knowledge on the matter, when this is not the case. (Al-Qaeda and ISIS are some examples)

This assumed information is dangerous, in that it leaves one feeling they know about something... when they don't - which perpetuates a distorted view of the world. I'd love to be wrong on this, but as far as I can see, “the news”, like many forms of today's media, is essentially either a distraction at best, or at worst: outright propaganda.

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