In case you missed it, here’s the final message from Jon Stewart’s Rally For Sanity.
My favorite quotes:
The country’s 24 hour political pundit perpetual panic conflictinator did not cause our problems, but it’s existence makes solving our problem that much harder.
The Press is our immune system: if we overreact to every little thing, we make ourselves sicker. If we amplify everything, we hear nothing!
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My take on this?
It’s all about the depolarization of mainstream media and an indirect way of telling corporatized media to take a “truth in advertising” approach to reporting of the news.
In today’s news world, whomever shouts the loudest or comes to the most outlandish conclusions gets the attention. This pisses off rival news outlets and they must either respond in kind, or crank up the (sensationalized) volume to squash the initial response or talk loudly enough to fulfill their ideological belief they’re the superior media outlet.
So who wins? No one… but themselves!
Contemporary American media has cleverly found a niche to get themselves (well) paid by generating a product that never needs to be proven, and can exist within the realm of free speech and protected opinion. No one ever has to be held accountable, and as long as they have a willing audience who will listen to whatever dribble they produce, they can produce as much hot dog filler news as they want and somewhere outside society’s purview, will make a killing selling advertising dollars and personal endorsements.
What’s the endgame? There is no end game. That’s the beauty of the polarized news business model. And since the profits on such a business are so huge, it’s likely the cash cow will never end because they never have to be right… they just have to keep talking, taping and printing.
Until we decide to stop watching/listening/reading to news that serves no purpose but to piss us off, blame someone else for our problems, abuse our individual culture cognition, and further cements our confirmation bias to make us believe “we” are right and “they” are wrong, polarized news will never cease to exist.