By A.J. Law
“57 billion people were killed today in an explosion outside some city in the Middle East.” As unfortunate as that is, it resembles what we hear in the news every single day. From CNN to NBC, Russia Today to Fox News; these media moguls broadcast so-called “news” to people all around the world, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
It seems almost daily that each news corporation competes to report the article that will receive the most attention from viewers, regardless of its level of importance in our lives. They do whatever they can to make “The Skateboarding Dog” the newest trend on the internet, the most widely talked about news in the workplace, the most important thing in our lives at the moment. You turn on the news only to see the same shit, just varying in combination from day to day. When did these mass news corporations change from credible agencies reporting pertinent information to a conglomerate of Facebook status posters? It looks as if this change has occurred only within the past ten years, synonymous with the jump in technology.
Boobs. Everyone loves boobs right? Yes, it is true that sex sells… and that brings me to my point. Money. Despite their officiality, the already multi-billion dollar corporations are looking to cash in on any opportunity possible. Journalists and news reporters alike already have a reputation of abrasively sticking their noses into whatever news events they can. They value exclusivity on news reports to boost their reputation which in turn boosts their profits without any regard for their content.
Money-making and bullshit reporting aren’t the only two goals of the media corporations. The words “Death-Toll”, “Killed”, “Dead”, and “Missing” seem to be unusually prominent on news websites. It’s no doubt that people fear dying. They should also be well aware that it happens every day. But to shove it in our faces and broadcast specifically how people are killed, dead, and missing makes one think there is a motive behind it. That motive: Instilling fear. Fear is by far one of the best control tactics known to man. What better way to subliminally control the masses than by “innocently” broadcasting it through a medium in which the entire world will be able to view it?
“A basket of babies was found dangling from a power-line today…” While things like that are quite interesting to hear, it’s merely entertainment at best. I don’t know how one benefits from being informed about such impertinent matters. News used to be about important events that pertained to people’s everyday lives, news which one could benefit from by learning about. One can probably learn more from an episode of Sesame Street than The O’Reilly Factor. In all honesty though, the weather channel is about as real as it gets, but, hell, they’re not even right most of the time.
So next time you watch/read the news, take note of how much bullshit they’re really feeding us.