The Media

It’s hard to find good journalism these days. If you thought that the mainstream media was full of shit, good luck trying to seek out any alternative media that isn’t even more full of shit than the former. When I think of alternative media, I think of alternative medicine, and you know what they say about alternative medicine: if it actually worked, they’d just call it medicine.

It’s hard to blame people for not trusting the media out there when 90% of the media is owned by six large corporations. It’s not hard to think that there may be some sort of agenda at stake if the news were reported accurately, or if investigative journalism actually investigated real stories that matter to people, the world and to the environment. We instead get bullshit human interests stories. The news shouldn’t exist to make people feel better about themselves, nor should we pursue other frivolous stories, such as car chases. Real life isn’t the film Bullitt.

Then you have news organizations that are funded by foreign governments, such as the Kremlin-funded RT, which broadcasts worldwide and the US government-funded Current Time, which broadcasts in Russia. There’s an agenda, here. A way to interweave news reporting and propaganda in a way to advance a certain agenda, that being the agenda of whomever is bankrolling the news organization. In this case, it’s the foreign governments that are funding these news stations. Same for the aforementioned corporate news media.

Then when people are unsatisfied with the news, that’s when conspiracy theorists start coming out the woodwork and make things worse. I suppose that there will always be conspiracy theorists out there even if that news were 100% accurate and governments across the world had, likewise, 100% transparency. There’s always going to be some nut who thinks some cabal of protean reptilian aliens or whatever preventing him from realizing his or her utopian vision of the world.

People will always take issue when the news doesn’t reflect their ideological perception of reality—how the world ought to be. That’s how conspiracy theorists are born and they’ll keep coming out, even more in an environment of suspicion caused by opaque governments, rampant neoliberalism, and mediocre reporting. Although, some of these folks are great comedic performance artists, like Alex Jones.

About this Blog

Well, it’s been three months since my last post. I didn’t think I was going to go back to writing another post on this blog anytime soon, but since a few people randomly decided to follow me, I felt like I should at least get back to writing and see where this goes from here.

Let me explain a few things, here. This blog was for a class; some of the content on this blog might’ve tipped what few readers who have randomly come across this blog. Fall semester was over, and I didn’t post anything else since.

A few things you’ll notice is that there was a spike in likes and comments. That was part of the final. We had to get around 35 likes and 25 comments, I think–I can’t remember the exact number. During the last class meeting, all of us in class were scrambling to give each other likes and comments to get to the threshold required to pass the final. Not really what the instructor wanted, since we were supposed to solicit likes and comments from strangers on the Internet–although he did say that we could promote our blogs to friends and family members–but that was probably to have them go out and tell their friends about their blogs. We were required to actively promote our blogs online, something most of us—perhaps even all of us—didn’t really do. I think a few of us managed to get followed by random users, but that was probably just pure luck more than anything

Our teacher didn’t seem to mind the fact that during the last class meeting, we were all sitting in front of our iMacs spamming likes and comments to each other and trading links to each other’s blogs. Originally, he wasn’t going to teach the class; the instructor that was got some sort of job offer and quit four days before the beginning of the semester. The department gave the job of teaching the course over to a graduate student, whose industry experience came from working in print journalism in India, so it’s not like the department randomly brought in some greenhorn who didn’t know what he was talking about. Then there was also the fact that this was the first semester after the conversion to the semester system from the quarter system. All of this may have contributed to vast leniency to the deadlines that we would frequently miss with our stories, something that wouldn’t be tolerated in the industry.

So, I’ll keep writing and see where it goes from there. I might as well.