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Editor Has Media Meltdown

October 12, 2012 by admin

A Column

By Joe Malanaphy

***Before reading this article, please be aware that I understand the irony of posting an article of such nature online. It's actually kind of poetic.***

     I find myself becoming exhausted with the media's influence on every aspect of life. All the addiction and all the drugs in the world cannot compare with the mental slaves we have been reduced to courtesy of every avenue of media.

     Technology is great, and has many wonderful benefits. However, so does wine, but I guarantee if you drink enough, you are eventually going to feel like s*@t or find yourself speaking in strange tongues.

     When is the last time you left the house without your cell phone and not had a full on panic attack? I can sadly recall some instances myself where I had driven a few miles up the road, and upon realizing I had forgotten this technological monster, I quickly veered into the shoulder and halted my truck as if I had left an infant on the roof, and a puppy tied to the bumper.

     I said "My God, this is crazy! To hell with it all!" By no means will I ever consider myself to be old (mentally at least,) but I am also no young buck either. I'm old enough to remember using a land-line or a pay phone to reach someone, or even walking, driving, or riding a bike to someone's house. I remember speaking to people with my mouth (often) as opposed to texting, or jumping on Facebook. I can also remember genuine emotion rather than emoticons.

     Technological dependency though; that is the real issue. Just like any addiction, the first step is admitting you have a problem, then telling it to go f@*k itself. The only thing that chaps my ass worse than not feeling like I'm in control is becoming aware that someone or something else has control of me. But as a society, we don't look at it like that.

     Nobody wants to see things for what they really are, especially when all of society is onboard. We are a country of sheeple. Spoon-fed most all information we receive in the news, products we should purchase, and all in small doses that our government believes we can handle.

     It's all about control. If you believe otherwise, you are a dummy, and we don't need you. There is no real news anymore. Every news outlet is either bias or government controlled. True journalism is dying by the day and mainly because news is becoming less and less objective. Unfortunately most people are are unaware, and all they know is what they hear spewing from the talking heads on TV.

     Whether you like to believe it or not, all "news" outlets are controlled to some extent. Channels 2,4,7, CNN (among others) are left-wing media and controlled by the current regime, only giving you the slant that the current government figure heads wants you to hear. And despite the fact that technically I am a Republican due to the fact that in the last election I voted for the guy I hated less, I am also aware that Fox News is bias as well, but I don't take my cues from them. I think for myself. I try to do as much research as I can and come to my own conclusions, it's called common sense; an instinct that is being lost in humanity at the speed of light.

     That being said, last week, following the first round of presidential debates on MSNBC, Chris Matthews, who I'll refer to as no more than a commentator, was beside himself and went ranting on live TV about how badly the president let him and the Democratic party down, and how the president basically showed no back bone in the debate against his opponent Mitt Romney.

     OK, deep breath... Why in the hell would a supposed "journalist" and news anchor representing MSNBC get so heated over the president's performance?! His responsibility as a journalist is to cover and report on the debate objectively. I could care less who he is voting for. That's none of my business, or anyone's for that matter and should have no place in such a forum. I'm not sitting here saying that something like this couldn't have happened on Fox. If Sean Hannity lost his s*@t over a poor Romney performance, would I have felt different? Well, the fact is, it didn't. It happened on a left-wing news outlet that clearly used the platform given to it as an opportunity to express bias views in a very irresponsible way. In no way should that kind of reporting be considered real journalism.

     Now, am I a professional? Nope, not yet. However, given the requirements that we as wannabe journalists are taught in school, we wouldn't stand a chance getting a job by exhibiting such irresponsible behavior. Or... maybe we would.

     Ultimately, it's not about what's right, or what side you're on. It all comes down to fear; instilling fear in good people to make them believe in a particular agenda, vote for a certain candidate, or send your hard-earned dollars to people who give you nothing in return but grief. All this happens while keeping you sleepy and brainwashed with crappy reality shows a la Jersey Shore and social media like Facebook, Twitter, etc., all under the worn-out cliche of "freedom." And while I am admittedly just as deep in this bile as the next idiot, at least I am aware.

     Through the 1980's and 90's, Bill Hicks, the late comedian, political satirist, and as far as I'm concerned, genius, who was far ahead of his time,  used the stage to make people laugh as well as expose them to a darker reality of the world we live in. A reality that still exists today, one that most would just wish to ignore because it's not the white-picket fence and apple pie life that we want to believe is really out there.

     Before his premature death to pancreatic cancer in 1994, at the age of 32, Hicks' routine was as on point as ever. During his routine he would go into a rant about how the government was distracting everyone from what was really going on in the world by shoving what was then reality TV in its infancy down our throats. And while some of the content is obviously dated, the concept is not...

     "Go back to bed America, your government has figured out how it all transpired. Go back to bed America, your government is in control: Here, here's American Gladiators. Watch this, shut up, go back to bed America, here is American Gladiators, here is 56 channels of it! Watch these pituitary *@*** bang their f@**ing skulls together and congratulate you on living in the land of freedom. Here you go America-- You are free to do what we tell you! You are free to do what we tell you!"

     Now, substitute American Gladiators with American Idol, Jersey Shore, Pawn Stars, Storage Wars or pretty much 90-percent of TV programming today and ...well, you get it. Or maybe you don't, in which case 20 years from now we can look forward to an even more dumbed down society than the one we live in today.

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