I have to agree with G-uno, yet again, on the lack of quality or non-sensationalist bullshit news in this country. When news companies survive on corporation sponsorship, the same entities behind probably some of the most epic crimes in this country, the last thing they can do is report on any of it. Tie that with other factors such as we are currently at our lowest crime rate worldwide, and this is just showing signs of getting lower. We are also at our most tolerant, and this too is getting more widespread. Doesn’t seem like it though, does it?
Well, if you spend any time online you will at some point meet or see trolls. These are people who are some of the most personally dysfunctional who spend most of their time trying to shit on everyone else. They can be sincerely brutal, possibly even acting out some of this in real life. Mostly they are a bunch of sad sack assholes who realize they mean little to anyone… at all. This is simply their way of feeling like they matter. If you want one to go away, generally ignore them. However, in some cases they can be excessively vocal and they do attract their own kind, especially when the goal is spewing violent misogyny. What they fear especially about women, I have yet to understand.
You will also notice online that ads and headlines there as well use hooks of tragedy to garner your attention and try to lure you into clicking to read more.
There is also the fact that G-uno pointed out in which news companies try very very hard to repeatedly hook you to watch their programming. They could have 19 stories of reunited families, 12 of rehabilitated criminals, 26 of thwarted crimes, 82 acts of community charity and one abduction of a white girl that would be a misunderstanding between two bitter divorcees and it would be this final item, leaving out the misunderstanding bit, that would make the headlines. They would leave it on a cliffhanger that would make maybe page 27 of the paper three days later, if they acknowledged it at all, since wasting our time on BS is something no one wants to acknowledge they’re doing.
When I was a kid, I saw old movies and shows where the integrity of the news was considered paramount. Yes, they sought out the story, but it had to be truthful and if it hurt someone unnecessarily, it was dropped. Where did we go so wrong that this is not even close to current journalism?
Please don’t talk to me about gaming journalism especially (Fuck you, GamerGate aka misogynistic trolls – see above). Gaming in itself is purely subjective, the only real integrity in that is being honest when you like and dislike something. However, what I like and what you like in games is probably not going to be the same, but if I know a particular journalist to have similar tastes to my own, I’m probably going to read his/her reviews more often.
As far as the news… There was a time when one of our presidents became confined to a wheelchair and out of respect and his request, he was never filmed from the waist down. These days, there would be exclusive footage of him taking a shit with the help of his nurse and an affair would be “speculated.”
Why? Because it sells.
I was watching Doctor Who one night because duh… we’ve established my geekdom by now haven’t we? and BBC News came on shortly after. They were reporting on an overseas visit my president had made and gave a decent blurb on why he was there (local charity work, trying to foster more attention to the area, etc). The one thing I didn’t see was any of this reported on any American station. Fox News of course wouldn’t because they would have to put aside their conservative Amuhrikun views to acknowledge anything beneficial our president might do since the Bushes might get pissed and ban them from the White Male Elite for the Lobotomization of the Country Club. But the Associated Press? CNN? Reuters? Times? Nothing, really? I began to realize from reading the BBC news website that I generally found out more of what my own country had going on than my own news sources reported. But why?
The best I can figure, and its the little things, is us… we are the problem. If you have ever been in gridlock you know bloody well it is one of two things 1.some fart who cannot understand that the passing lane is not a method to govern the speed of everyone behind you and 2. rubberneckers. Guess which is more likely.
We are addicted to disaster, just not our own. If its ours we rage and whine about the disrespect other people do not have for our privacy but we are rabid and hungry when anyone else suffers. We want to know every minute detail… it allows us to judge people better, usually as negatively as possible. We devour scandal as though we are starving. We want to see the powerful fall, the rich weak and blundering and the common man dirty as a dime hooker.
As much as I would love to say that the news reports on this negative information because they want us all to be mindless, frothing balls of fear and anger perpetually glued to our screens because we are too scared to go outside any longer and are convinced the apocalypse is coming soon… they are not. They feed us what we keep asking for when we give our attention to the darkness and the shit. We turn off the screen when they talk about charity work that has been successful but stay tuned when they report on a ten car pile up on a highway. Someone marketing guy spend ages figuring out that cutesy dog outfits got more attention than child runaways, STD problem in prostitution and humane ways we could rectify it (by not vilifying it), or the slave trade.. yes, in this country. Those latter ones would require us to check in and help do something, a wreck we can judge from a distance about how much better we would have handled it.
So I guess this is when I have to quote that guy/gal who said “we have to be the change we want to see in the world” and of course, let your money speak for you.
And for god sake, stop rubbernecking you stupid fart. It’s none of your business if I want to go faster than the posted limit and that wreck on the side of the road sure as hell isn’t any your business either.
If I ever saw the headlines “13 Rubberneckers Spend Night in Jail” or “New Fine dubbed ‘Asshole Clause’ Instituted”… I’d buy a dozen copies of that. Maybe more… give them out as Christmas presents in frames, maybe.