Have you ever reached a point where you feel like you are shouting at a wall? You begin to wonder if anything you have to say will make a difference to anyone. As I reread my last post a little over a week ago, I found myself wondering: why was I writing, what did I hope to accomplish, and did I really believe that I would change anything?
For many writers this moment comes at various points in their lives. I like to call it the “what the fuck am I doing” moment. The moment when a person suddenly realizes they have taken off, careening down a path that could quite possibly lead to
death, dismemberment, or at the very least, a lot of pissed off people. Okay, I over-dramatize, but the point is relevant. Writing in today’s climate is like putting your ass in front of firing line and hoping that everyone taking aim, has failed to acquire ammunition.
While I am just a blogger with an ever present opinion, I am still an example of a thorn. I share or comment on information that would not be considered flattering to the Tangerine and his repugnants. Admittedly most of what I write is opinion and my personal interpretation of the facts. But it is still an opinion based on events that are occurring in our world. An opinion that normally serves to skewer, filet, and dissect the crap being perpetrated by the repugnant party.
So with my rambling I have placed myself on the table beside the media and let’s face it, we currently live in a world where the Tangerine and his ilk are consistently calling the media, “fake.” Their agenda is quite clear on this; discredit the media so the public will not trust anything that is reported. If the public does not trust the media to report the truth, then they are less likely to believe reports that show crimes being committed by the Tangerine and his repugnants.
Many people don’t this as a problem or threat, but I can assure you it is a significant issue. The press is the people’s way of maintaining oversight of the actions of the politicians who are elected to serve us. When a politician is elected to office they are tasked with representing the people of their constituency. They are expected to act in the best interest of the people. Unfortunately there are limited ways to keep tabs on the actions of our representatives. Government is by its very nature a collection of working parts and no one person can keep watch on all of it at the same time. That is where the press is invaluable. These journalists work to ensure that we are informed, but even with the press maintaining the flow of information there are still many dealings that remain hidden long after the damage has been done.
Sadly, politicians have perfected the skill of sidestepping and avoiding exposing their own missteps. They have long ago learned to hide from the public what they do not wish to admit and wave openly what they think will garner accolades. They hire press agents and publicity managers to ensure that what is revealed to the world puts them in the rosiest of lights. Fixers are utilized to bury their misdealing and false steps from the public view. Which is but another reason why it is imperative to have a free and open press monitoring our employees.
All of this being said, there is also an onus on the public in this country to ensure that we verify, verify, verify. As I have stated before, I am a rather opinionated b!%@# and I am the first to admit that my writings are based on my personal interpretation of the facts. Through my writings I share what I believe should happen in the world. But my writings are based on verified facts. I always read multiple sources when a story breaks and I make a concentrated effort to read articles from sources that often represent the other side of the political spectrum.
We have a bad habit in this country of locking onto ONE source and calling it good. We create a vacuum in which our world is limited to only that which we wish to hear. The rise of
Faux Fox News is a case in point, the people who watch this network rarely watch other sources. They tend to state that other networks cannot be trusted and that their is no point to verify the information elsewhere. The problem with this is that when you climb into a vacuum you rarely can get out of it. Fixating on one source ensures that you are locked into one set of opinions and one view of the facts. You are guaranteeing that you are not exposed to anything that might upset your desired state of self-imposed equilibrium.
With the state of the government today the idea of accepting one source has the potential for catastrophic results. People must be willing to be their own fact checkers. They must look beyond their standard bubble and check to see how stories are being reported through other sources. We cannot allow ourselves to become trapped in a world where we only see what we want to see as that plays into the hopes of the Tangerine and his repugnants. They are hoping that we will find ourselves contented with 140 characters and single sources. They want to proclaim anything disparaging “fake” and anything positive “real.” We can’t let them sell us their own fairy tales as truths. We must believe in the intentions of the press to serve as our spotlight and then verify. And this B!%@#, will continue to ramble on…