What would we do without mates eh? A mate of mine sends me this ’ere link to a story on a blog named “The Economic Collapse”. In a general sense there’s nowt much in it that I didn’t already know… well, wasn’t already aware of at least, in a vague sort of way. Though some of the specifics were new to me.
Basically it’s about control of the media. Although it’s addressing the situation in America the situation here in the UK isn’t a lot different though naturally there are differences in the particulars.
It’s well worth reading, and thinking about!
These corporate behemoths control most of what we watch, hear and read every single day. They own television networks, cable channels, movie studios, newspapers, magazines, publishing houses, music labels and even many of our favorite websites…
But it is the “big six” that are the biggest concerns. When you control what Americans watch, hear and read you gain a great deal of control over what they think. They don’t call it “programming” for nothing.
Read the full article here.
Monopolies, especially in news outlets, are rarely a good thing… not when we are so dependent upon “the news” for learning about what’s happening in the world around us. That is to say, learning of things in a relatively balanced manner, and not through a filter of undeclared bias, spin, and hidden agendas.
Unavoidably most of what we do or say reflects some sort of inbuilt bias. We’re all afflicted by it… it’s part of being human. Basically there ain’t no such thing as total objectivity or impartiality. We each have our values and ways of looking at the world and inevitably that informs what we say and do, and how we do things. The fact that they also affect our opinions about things happening around us goes without saying.
Equally inevitably that trait of the individual carries foward into larger entities, such as corporations. News outlets for example. However, when such bias becomes something more than unwitting, something that is engineered or crafted or shaped to achieve a specific and predetermined end, then it’s time to be asking some serious questions and, in the case of “news” presentations, time to be looking elsewhere for our information. Else our already biased opinions may be unwisely reinforced or even, in some circumstances, reshaped into some other completely distorted understanding of events. Often without our noticing it.
And at some stage the question has to be asked whether the media are setting their own agenda, or having it set for them by someone else? And if the latter, then by whom? Or is it a bit of both?
Coincidentally, it was reacting to the bias of the mainstream media (manifesting as the under-reporting or non-reporting of certain types of news items, the ignoring of relevant facts in certain things that are reported, or the disproportionate “hyping up” of other things etc) that propelled me into “media activism” initially… which in turn, and in a roundabout sort of way, led me into photography!
Then what happened? What started out as a fairly straightforward “visual documenting” activity (with no thought given to “creativity” or whatever) that was really only a very minor part of other activities spread like some sort of infection. Almost before I knew it the pursuit seemed to have taken over my life, leading me into the mysterious byways of photography, the strangenesses of other photographic genres, and activities that have nowt to do with my original intent. But instead have given me endless pleasure… and frustrations!
And so, some years down the road, here I am. Odd how Life works, innit?