Entries in media (5)
I am sitting in the only coffee house in Westerly, RI. sipping on a decent cup of Sumatra, enjoying my seat along the frigid, flowing Pawcatuck River and watching the American flags that line the street blow in the cold New England breeze.
You see, it is Veterans day weekend so small town patriotism is at an all time high. Despite the results of a country dividing election, despite an economy that is in the crap tank and despite the looming Mayan apocalypse which is just over a month away.
How often have we heard these words in the last decade? It seems we can't go a month without somebody getting in trouble for something they said on television, radio, or on Facebook or Twitter. The apologies all seem to have this form letter quality, like a mad lib with the name of the offender penciled in and the rest of the text provided from the corporate office on the top floor. In fact, I'd guess that most of these "unapologies" are forced by the powers that be in order to stave off advertiser and sponsor boycotts, or possibly frivolous (but costly) lawsuits. In this day and age, if you say something that someone disagrees with or is offended by, you risk losing your livelihood. Just a few examples from this year alone:
It has come to my attention that you are, in fact, still a station that many consider a reliable, unbiased, and trustworthy news source. Most who watch you, I have also heard, only watch you and no other source because they are as loyal to you as you are to the truth. Websites like www.foxnewslies.net are lies themselves. They may say they have “fact checked” all of their sources, but who can argue with a major news corporation who gets paid millions of dollars by private investors like Saudi Prince Alaweed (a humble philanthropist for families of Palestinian Suicide bombers), to ensure that all news is unbiased? You are a corporation run by the wealthiest men and women in the world, and by default, that must make you the most intelligent!
Why is it that the issue regarding the ability for people to keep their numbers when switching cellular service providers was such a big deal? Did that many people really care? Or were we led to believe we cared? Much in the same way polls are a method of instilling control and conformity of thought among the masses, so are the “hot” issues of the day. Corporations and governments conspire to trounce up an issue in order to create awareness. After awareness is raised, they need to create a polarity. Once a polarity is established, all is set to generate demand. The demand is created by the conflict of the poles, these two forces. Of these two forces one is poised to seem restrictive, prohibitive and antagonistic. The other side will purport themselves to be the protagonist, the advocate for what is right, just and deserved as a token for either life, liberty, or the pursuit of property. Essentially, both forces want the average consumer to feel as if they must be able to either purchase, hire, go see, or do THIS– whatever THIS may be. The advertised, promoted or favorably lit resolution to the conflict appears to the consumer as if the disputed action is the best way to express their freedom as an individual in this country.