here do you get your information from? What type of information is it? Who tells you what'sgoing on in the world? How do you know what they are telling you is “the truth?” Like most people, including me, you get information from newspapers, radio, magazines, television, and theinternet.
Apart from the internet, the other forms of media have been around for years and have been known to use propaganda (
information that is spread for the purpose of promoting some cause
) many times; in fact Iwould say you never know when the information you are reading or watching is factual or propaganda!That's a scary thought, isn't it?It might sound like I am scaremongering but that is not my intention. You see, every media outlet isowned by a government, a company or an individual; and at the heart of everything, there is the individual,with his own bias, his own political leanings, his own agenda, ready to push that out into the world. That'snot new, as everyone has their own views; unfortunately media owners and governments have a powerful platform with which to air theirs. Newspapers, magazines, radio, and television are push media. They push the information to us and wehave no control over its content, as opposed to the internet, where we pull the content we are interested in.Do you follow?Whether we like it or not, and even if the media content providers are not attempting to brainwash(
persuade completely, often through coercion
) us, we are subjected to what
watch. Of course you are at liberty to turn it off or not buy the paper, but that's not going to happen, isit? We love reading all the news stories, we love watching terror on television, it's exciting isn't it? You get to be part of the action without having to take part in the war.I don't know if you remember the first gulf war in the early nineties? It was the first real war to be broadcast live across the world. A real media event! We were taken inside the action: Booom, Bang went the bombs. We saw an Iraqi target in the cross-hairs of the gun sight then, boom it went up in smoke. “Yeah!”Went the crowd, ”another damned iraqi blown to bits, we'll show them.” Analysis followed analysis.Reporters giving different angles and views on the stories, 24/7.But of course, these were
news stories, put together to show the glory of the western troops againstthe oppressor and dictator of Iraq, and you didn't see reverse angle camera work of the iraqis in their homes just before their bodies were blown to pieces by the bombs, egged on by the viewing public at home, and inthe bars shouting: “Yeah! We got ya!”The next live main event came at the beginning of the twenty first century. Commonly known as 9/11, itwas the footage that “shocked the world,” and started a whole new war (with live viewing available).You all remember the images of two planes supposedly hijacked by terrorists and flown into the twintowers of the world trade centre. About 3,000 people died, but as far as the media were concerned, it was agodsend. Live disaster! Millions of viewers! Massive advertising revenue potentiality in the breaks! What astory that was. Even years on, people are still talking about it. Certain governments are still using it tosupport their “war on terror,” which is just another excuse to kill people, if you don't mind me saying.Who knows what the truth really was on that fine september morning in 2001, but there has been growingevidence in the alternative media that all was not as it seemed that day; that perhaps the government had ahand in it themselves in order for them to pursue a cause in the middle east. They do say that truth is stranger than fiction; but then again what agenda is the independent media provider trying to push? He is clearly anti-government, so what's to make us believe that what he is telling us is the truth?Can we ever be sure that what is being told to us on tv, radio, magazines or newspapers is the truth? Theclear answer is of course, no, but this doesn't mean we should all become paranoid we are being lied to,manipulated and controlled, after all, you can turn off the tv and not read the newspapers.To understand this more clearly, we must look behind the motivation of those who disseminateinformation, and remember who these people are. First, they are people with their own opinions, second,they are in business to make money, and third, they are easily manipulated by government.
Remember bad news sells more newspapers
Have you ever thought about the content that is pushed to us? There's not much good news is there? Maybe alittle light hearted story about a fluffy kitten that was rescued from a tree after thirteen days, read by asmiling newscaster, just to make us feel or nice and warm and fuzzy inside. But you can't imagine them putting on an hour's programme about good news, can you? People would turn off in a second; and they