There has been a lot of talk about how journalism (particularly newspapers) is dying. While this is probably an outdated view, there is no doubt that the original model where news was published with intention has been dead in the mainstream for a long time. Entertainment news has grown to be beloved on a national level and thusly national news is pitched as outrageously entertaining. This is a far cry from the distinguishably unbiased approach most “legitimate” news sources claim to have (or to once have had).
While capitalism originally exploded the national news movement, (the wealthy had more access to information, leading to the sale of known information, leading to the eventual subtle mis-reputation of information to exploit more capital and/or gain influence) the back-end of the capitalism cycle (competition) will ultimately destroy the current media oligopoly. So why -when the writing is clearly on the wall- do we still look at the current outlay as an avenue for national camaraderie? Sticking to our chosen source and labeling only the others as hyperbole. Is this mass consumption of an agenda of topics even effective?
Outside of an occasional Daily Show viewing, I’m not one to get involved with the journalistic media. My ideal news source would be closer to Wikipedia than any conglomerate (when is the last time you looked up a fact and Wikipedia wasn’t the top source from Google?). Fortunately, tools such as Twitter and crowd-sourcing technologies are quickly realizing that ideal. But still I think we need to shift our view of what the news actually is. Because while we are very good at majoring in consumption, the original seed of information is wasted when positive change doesn’t systematically express itself. We’re stuck in a couch-potato outrage; where people are quick to decide how things should be, without any idea of what needs to be done to gain tangible results (which is no surprise, considering that Congress itself only has ideas of gridlock– another media win disguised as a solution failure). Instead of getting to work we just talk louder, hoping to gain followers by collapsing straw people.
“The real hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal. Many of them are normal because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has been silenced so early in their lives, that they do not even struggle or suffer or develop symptoms as the neurotic does. They are normal not in what may be called the absolute sense of the word; they are normal only in relation to a profoundly abnormal society. Their perfect adjustment to that abnormal society is a measure of their mental sickness. These millions of abnormally normal people, living without fuss in a society to which, if they were fully human beings, they ought not to be adjusted.”