Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Its the Media, STUPID!

In a series of talks this week, John Nichols came to speak to us yesturday. I had to go because it was about the American media and I blame the media for all the ignorance in America. Nichols is a writer who is mainly concerned with the media problem in the US.

In his talk he compared the media in America to the media in Europe. "We ask ourselves why the rest of the world didn't react to to 9/11 the way we did, well because they know the world better, we don't". He went step by step to explain the laws that had existed in America to protect the media, and how these laws were thrown out one by one. Because these laws are gone, we now have a media in America that is controlled by 5 major companies, he said.

He went on to say that the news in America has degraded from a search for truth to mere entertainment. He asked the audience how many knew about O.J. SImpson and Michael Jacksons trial, and they all did. Then he asked them if they knew which law was being passed by congress the day they were all glued to their tv sets to check if Jackson was guilty or not. Nobody did.

He also made the obvious points about how Americans fell for the relationship between Osama and Saddam, and the WMD's. He says "it was the media's job to tell the Americans the truth when the president was lying. Instead they supported the lies and by doing so they hurt us".

John had written a book titled "Its the Media, Stupid". Nichols new book is titled "Tragedy and Farce: How the American Media sell wars, spin elections, and destroy democracy". This book has been described as "an appeal to reason in a dark time".

I got to chat with John after his talk, he has hope and thinks there will be changes soon. I sure do hope he is right. He gave me his copy of the new book and I'm looking forward to reading it.

If you want to know more, check out John Nichols blog, The Online Beat.


Blogger Waffles said...

In one of Micheal Moor's movies, he talked about the American media. It was really shocking what the media does to brain wash the Americans. And the sad thing is, they just believe it.

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