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Conspiracy theories, obsession with the obscene and basic human nature. In a box.

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.

Creative Daydreaming by Frits Ahlefeldt

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.


Hopelessly uninformed

How many seats are currently in the house? How many presidents have we had? How many children does Obama have? Who is our Secretary of State, again?

Is it true that all of our founding fathers were alcoholics?

Where do I stand on this whole immigration debate? What is the debate about, specifically, anyway? What does it take to become a legal immigrant? Do they cap the number on it every year? If so, what’s the number?

Whose brilliant idea was it to have single member districts? Where can I find him?

What is democracy? Who benefits from it? Are we really democratic? How do you explain public interest groups, then? Is our government just based on lies and bribery, like some people will argue? Is it based on just and noble and fair values, as others argue? How long do we actually have a shot in hell at sustaining this form of government? When will we collapse, go out in Rome-style?

Who are our Supreme Court Justices? How many women are on there? When did the first woman get on there? And what’s the deal with this affirmative action, anyways? Do any politicians pay attention to structural inequalities, address those, or are we all about the band-aid here?

How much power does the media have? Who has it? Tell me more about Rupert Murdoch, internet. Am I media by writing this here? How does one actually get a blog out there in cyberspace for people to read?

Flag burning is legal, but do people do it all that often? What do modern Confederates actually believe in? Do they want to be a separate country? Doesn’t every state have some sort of separatist ideas, or at least the states where it would be marginally feasible geographically? Who exercises free speech, really? Where can I find a protest to participate in, or even just see?

FBI, CIA, something that starts with an N… who are they? What are their roles? Are my texts to my boyfriend being closely monitored? Should I be paranoid?

How different are the states, really?

And where can I find all of this information?