The news today responds to rating criteria as much as Soap Operas, Realities and cat fight Talk Shows.
These are some of the headlines for today: Kim Kardashian Picks Baby Names, A Snow Storm Hits Central US, Teenager’s Pro-Arms Video Gets 2.3 Million Hits, in the midst of immigration reform The GOP Looks For Ways To Increase Minority Votes And Hires Communication Specialists To Change “The Tone Not The Message” ( … hmm… they said it, not me… wow!), a Basketball Coach’s Wrath Goes Viral, Gun Laws And Budget Center Stage In Washington and of course Tensions Rise With North Korea.
Tabloid Journalism has taken over traditional news with its sensationalism,violence, dirty little secrets , opinionated, fear generating, biased approach. Straight forward “objective” news has given in to this new trend. And in some respects they can’t really help it because as Jack Johnson’s song Cookie Jar says
“Well “You can’t blame me”, says the media man
Well “I wasn’t the one who came up with the plan
I just point my camera at what the people want to see
Man it’s a two way mirror and you can’t blame me”…
…We only receive what we demand
And if we want hell then hells what well have…”
But not only is news being sugarcoated and aesthetically enhanced like the New Jersey Housewives or digitally enhanced to mimic video games, issues are being milked with the assistance of new technologies that respond to real-time rating trend.You can view the same footage over and over and over and over … from morning till midnight and watch “serious” newscasters repeat themselves to infinity and beyond until “he who calls the shots” watches the ratings go down and puts them out of their misery. It’s actually painful to see these bright journalists buckling.
It used to be fun pitching ideas at the a.m. editorial staff meeting with your hands warmly wrapped around a cup of coffee surrounded by other journalist. Now a days these meetings sound more like water cooler office gossip and usually include more marketing and Ad specialists calling the shots . Prominence to important and relevant objective news has given way to “ Oh my god, really?” criterion .
Fabricated Hollywood embellished clips are distorting reality in such a way people don’t really know anymore what is real and what isn’t.
NPR PODCAST Inside North Korea, No Obvious Signs Of Crisis by Louisa Lim
There’s crisis in the US Congress and in the financial state of our affairs that need to be dealt with responsibly yet we are bombarded with banalities and smokescreen fear tactics (Wag the Dog distraction phenomenon effect). Now that same ol’ dog has come to bite our hand and has escalated into a real threat. You have now officially convinced North Korea there is danger
Beware of gossip cause you might make it become true!I hope Media and government stop shouting wolf ( or dog) cause we might just end up caught up in the fairytale.