Finally, we leap into things. The imbecile takes a stab at greater political understanding in between playing in photoshop and drinking a glass of red… Hey, I never said I could fit the model of prime political scientist.
I’d like to take a look at THE MEDIA, as we are now THE MEDIA.
A fitting first exploration, I feel, as this is a blog, and as a blog, it is a form of media, and since you are reading the media, you are the consumer, and therefore I would like to consider why you, the consumer, are reading my blog post, the media. Perhaps more importantly, I should consider why you haven’t left it after that run-on sentence.
But really, what’s up with our nationwide obsession with violence, sex, and fluff? And why does the mass media support it? And can we trust it?
Example one. Lindsay Lohan’s trial saga.
Example two. Obama’s dog, 2009. Google it. See just how many results come up.
Example three. A few year’s back now, Daniel Radcliffe’s nudist theatrical endeavor.
Example four. In Albuquerque recently, articles about various types of child abuse make up a good quarter of headlines. (Overkill – but it’s a lot.)
What is our societal (or human) obsession with the obscene? Is this the same thing that drives us to look at porn or watch train wrecks? Why do we turn around in our seats to scrutinize a massive wreck on the highway?
Idealists hope it is mere human curiosity, maybe. The same thing that makes us enjoy watching a person on the bus pick their nose. On the other hand, I’m sure someone could also make a very good case for the inherent ill-will that is within the human specimen, in the line of Locke and Hobbes’s finest political pessimism.
Either or, the media’s got us figured out. Whether or not newspapers, t.v. broadcasts and radio programs capitalize on the average individual’s desire for news with a POP is hardly up for debate. How could they not? They’re in it for the gold, after all.
So… can we trust the media? An over-hashed inquiry, I admit, right up there with “nature versus nurture” or “how much is that doggie in the window?”. In fact, it’s too cliché for me tonight. Can’t bring myself to go there.
(Footnote without a footnote: As a relatively new convert to this internet phenomenon, I am beginning to buy into the whole internet revolution idea. But I wonder – how can we trust the information we receive via blogs, Twitter, and other sources that stem directly from individual users? Is it simply more kaka we have to sort through, or is it really a change in the mass media as we know it, a change towards information by the people, of the people? To be continued for the next few decades…)
Too much to chew tonight, in any case at least until I read Che Guevera’s biography or find a good conspiracy theory website. Any recommendations are welcome.