Speaking of the current state of play, I am really tiring of the mainstream media. I barely watch the news any more so I feel horribly behind the times, but I'm not sure just how worth watching it actually is anyway. There's a lot of news made outside of 'the news', and I really don't like the idea of some programming executive deciding what I do and don't want to hear about, or deciding that I am Mister Normal Citizen and want to see some bland, inane 'news' about a traffic jam rather than serious footage of a conflict in sub-Saharan Africa. That sort of thing actually makes me look forward to working in journalism because then I could see what ends up cut from the news and why. I'm afraid of what the reasons might be, though.
What worries me even more is that some people are quite happy to digest this 'news' marketed at them night after night, and they seriously think it is the most major news and there's nothing else happening in the world. I also suspect they don't even realise news is being marketed to them. I don't like the idea of news being marketed. It SHOULDN'T be marketed. News is meant to be informative, not entertaining; it's meant to be real, not exaggerated or sensationalised. Today's society has seriously distorted the idea of news and we're now fed what we're told we should be interested in, not what is actually happening. The media is amazingly powerful and a lot of people fail to realise that. A lot of people just soak it in without thinking. I am very cynical about the intelligence of the average person, though what scares me is that very often, my cynicism doesn't go quite far enough.
Hm. Sigh. It's sad.
On a totally different note, ( the birthday of an album!Collapse )