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Once when I was a kid, my mom told me I was a cynic. I asked what that was and she said a cynic is a person who, when he smells flowers, says, “Where’s the funeral?” But I now believe that some cynics are disappointed idealists. We expect people (like politicians and religious leaders) who have the public trust to be “good” and we are angry when they lie, cheat and steal, or worse.
Here’s the problem with the Media -
The media aren’t there to bring us the news; their purpose is to dramatize the news.
Once I heard what sounded like a fight in an alley behind the Denver Folklore Center.
When I peeked out the back door, a paper-
I think the media are like that third kid, trying to create excitement, drama, sensationalism, especially when it comes to politics. A reporter will tell candidate Jones what candidate Smith said about him and ask if that makes him mad. Jones will say no. The reporter will push until Jones says ok, maybe it does, a bit. The newspaper headline will scream, “JONES OUTRAGED AT SMITH’S REMARKS!”
My respect for political reporters ended when I heard Cokie Roberts admit on public radio that they weren’t so much interested in issues as in the controversy, the fight.
The media love death, fighting (wars!) controversy and scandal. They roll in it like some dogs roll in shit.
It’s no wonder that people hold them in such low esteem -
‘Tis said that the oldest profession is women selling sex.
What’s worse, selling your body or selling your soul? Most advertising is a form
of lying -
(Of COURSE I’m not talking about mom & pop advertising which merely invites people to come to our store and shop, without all the lying and deception.)
A lot of big-
“For the first time in your life, be completely clean!” means, “You’ve always been dirty and will continue to be dirty unless you buy our product.”
Advertisers pay Big Money to psychologists to find out which of our strings to pull to make us dance. Those psychologists, and the famous people who lie about the products they endorse, and the writers and directors of those ads are prostitutes. They sell their souls for money.
THE STOCK MARKET
The stock market USED to be for people to “invest” in companies. But quite a while
back it became a place to place bets on whether a stock would go up or down, then
cash in, or out, quickly. (Often without actually buying any stock -
I think the Government should tax the “capital gains” (profits) on the sale of stocks
depending on how long a stock is held. If a stock is sold less than a year after
its purchase, the PROFIT on the sale should be taxed at a very high rate -
But what about all that non-
And don’t kid yourself -