by Kenneth Justice
~ Okay, its 2015 and the reality of life is that the Internet has changed the world forever. And while in some ways it has caused people to waste a LOT of time (aka men sitting at their screens and looking at porn till very late into the night = bad) it has also enabled us to accomplish a lot of GOOD things.
For the better part of a couple hundred years, journalism, whether Newspapers, TV News, Radio News, etc., has been by-and-large controlled by the wealthy. It was wealthy businessmen (usually white) who owned all the newspapers, television news, and various news outlets (and oddly enough, most of the outlets are still owned by white men).
The voice of the people was only heard when the journalists and owners of these NEWS agencies deemed them relevant to be heard; the professionally paid journalists and wealthy fat cats controlled EVERYTHING we heard when it came to the NEWS.
Step aside wealthy fat cats, the Internet has screwed up your groove.
For the first time in the history of humanity, an average person could write about the NEWS of the day, or write about his or her perspective on the current events; and they didn’t have to purchase an expensive printing press or have to pass out papers on the street corner.
The Internet has given a voice to millions (actually billions) of people around the globe. We are living in an age of New Media, and its making the Old News obsolete. Newspapers are folding up all over North America, the evening News on the big networks are seeing massive drops in audience. And with the exception of Fox News, the other cable NEWS networks get practically no audiences compared with the traffic that Internet sites get on a daily basis.
Of course, criticisms are plenty when it comes to the New Media. As my favorite journalist Jen is always saying, “much of the NEWS you hear on blogs and the Internet are not fact checked” . While Jen might be right, that is definitely nothing new to the world of NEWS, isn’t that right Brian Williams?
Actually, anyone who takes an honest college course on the history of NEWS and media, will find out that the NEWS has ALWAYS had a history of reporting biased and inaccurate stories. What can you expect when the NEWS was owned and operated by a bunch of rich white men; do you think they had no agenda’s all those years when they controlled the media?
Do you think Fox News doesn’t have an agenda?
Do you think MSNBC doesn’t have an agenda?
Do you think BBC News doesn’t have an agenda?
Do you think these News agencies aren’t run by biased reporters, with biased political agendas, with which those biased political agendas leak into their stories? Of course they are! We are all biased! Journalists have agendas; and if you haven’t watched my One Minute with the Monk episode on Journalists here is the link
We ALL have agendas, I have an agenda and I’m not afraid to admit it to you; I want to encourage people to build better communities. Better community in their personal/social lives, and better physical communities (the community that you live in). I want to encourage bloggers to place more emphasis on fact checking their sources. I want to be apart of this revolution in New Media.
The time has come when the major political parties in our country have become obsolete; they simply don’t represent the majority of the people anymore. You can fact check this; the majority of people in Europe and North America are tired of Right Wing and Left Wing politicians. The majority of people are looking for more moderate and less polarizing politicians. We’re tired of politicians from both sides of the aisle who pay off their special interests.
Did you know that the National Football League (NFL) is a non-profit organization? (source) Did you know that they don’t pay any taxes? They are the biggest sports giant in North America….and THEY DON’T PAY ANY TAXES!!! They pay their commissioner 44.2 million dollars…AND THE NFL DOESN’T PAY ANY TAXES!!!
The Republicans and Democrats waste our time arguing on Television about taxes and the poor, taxes and the middle class, taxes and the upper class…..how about just TAXING THE BLOODY NFL!!!!
Did you know General Electric DOESN’T PAY ANY TAXES either; because they keep 108 billion dollars over seas? (source)
You see, we all know that our politicians have sold out to corporate interests. ALL OF OUR POLITICIANS HAVE; George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, ALL of them. None of our politicians are knocking on the door of General Electric or the NFL and saying, “hey, maybe you guys should pay some taxes”
The blogging world has to change the world….because nobody else will.
Just a few thoughts as I sipped my coffee,
Categories: Culture & Society