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Watch the flash movie at the above link. I did. It brings up a number of issues in my mind. While it may be a good idea to decentralize the mechanisms by which we get our news and allow other voices to be heard I suddenly worry that if we are given the choice then we will pick the news put out by the persons who's views align most closely with our own. We always seek the comfortable view, we want to see others agreeing with us. That is not always good. We should be challenged in our beliefs.

If we stay in our safe little bubble then we will ignore the dangers and atrocities around us. I think that we should seek truth, knowledge, facts. It seems to me that the print media used to (and sometimes still does) print stories that expose the truth. However it seems like this happens less and less these days when they are simply trying for circulation numbers and advertising revenues. They play politics and keep stories quiet because of the personal views of the editors. Hell, they have people making up stories at the New York Times. We need people who chase the truth. Those are the individuals that keep the world accountable. Where are these people? Do they even exist?

What do you think?


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Dec. 2nd, 2004 06:32 pm (UTC)
What is truth?
Before I begin a reply, thank you for that excellent link. It opened up my mind.

But don't we already choose news that we feel appeals to our taste? Many of the masses already flock to the left or right news organizations, the Fox News or Moveon.org extremes to listen or read what they already felt inside. No matter the technology that exsist we as humans will continue to hear what we want to hear, to read what we want read and to experience what we choose.

As far as these individuals that seek truth I can think of merely the basis of my own view, the Left base - the Howard Zinns, the Noam Chomskys - which by others of the opposite end might not be considered truth seekers. Which again reiterates that the truth will be based on as said before - to hear what we want to hear, to read what we want read and to experience what we choose.

When all is said and done in all of our rants the complex question still looms from this clip,

What is truth and are our news centers of today doing a better job than we could collectively?

All perspective.
Dec. 2nd, 2004 08:31 pm (UTC)
Re: What is truth?
All very well said. I hadn't really though of it in that way, and you are right. We already pick our sources. I really only listen to NPR. I was recently subjected to a right wing radio talk show and I just wanted to smash the radio to make it stop! There is already a lot more choice out there than I initially realized, mostly because I already do not seek other sources.

So where is the solution? Word of mouth? Will the meme be our saviour? An interesting thought I think.
Dec. 2nd, 2004 09:04 pm (UTC)
Re: What is truth?
I think the solution is to never let one party ever gain to much control, because if we think the control of information is limited now, it is even more limited in a facist society. Many people applaud when one branch of government controls all, but this will make the limited options even more limited. It is better to take both sides of the issue, a devils advocate, even if I, like you want to smash the radio when hearing some of the ideology of right wing talk show. For without the right, it wouldn't be just all left. The bonus would be a dictatorship.
Dec. 3rd, 2004 09:11 am (UTC)
it reminds me of 1984...to an extent
i find it really ironic how as the photo id card they use the name "winston smith". we have to be aware of what we're being fed, that's all i have to say.
(no subject) - elenchick - Dec. 5th, 2004 03:51 am (UTC) - Expand
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