I think I have turned the Ch ch ch Chicken Pox corner. Still ugly. Still pox’ed. But I am pretty sure the worst is over. Doctor says, “You are half-way.” This malaise is NOT over, but the worst is, I think. What a fascinating two weeks.
But enough about my pus and horror….time to write about other things pus-y and horrible….
When we left the city to go walkabout, go feral, walk on the wild side, we pretty much stopped our old habit of following the daily news. Cold turkey. It was not a conscious decision, really. We simply had very diminished radio reception (none) and little to no time anyway. If we got ‘news’, it was by way of a comment-in-passing from a neighbour or maybe a newscast on the car radio when we went to town. We were simply ill-informed for the first few years.
Ignorance was bliss.
Of course, with time, we eventually upgraded our lifestyle conveniences. It was automatic to get the radio working again and, with the satellite, we got Google News as well. Oddly, the desire to be up-to-date was not a very strong one, but it eventually crept back into our lives. Sal would turn on the radio when cooking and she would often turn the volume up when the so-called news came on. I, too, would ask for more volume on some matters. We started to follow the news again.
As I write this, I noticed that, when I start my day, I first check e-mails, then I check Google News. It’s automatic.
It is also stupid.
The news is NOT truth. We know that. It is filtered through a number of editors and editor-like processes not the least of which is the need to entertain so as to generate an audience. And there is, of course, the even more dominant need to then sell product. There’s also editorial policy. Owner’ biases. Time constraints facing journalists, reporters, copy editors and hundreds of other forces also alter the facts and re-write the true news into the infotainment version. The news that is actually delivered is a cursory sound-bite at best, a means for marketing product all the time and lies and propaganda much of the time. If there is anything actually true about the news we get it is the fact that none of it is accurately true. It is all a distorted lie in aid for some other agenda other than the dissemination of truth. It is also overwhelmingly depressing.
Of course, their polished and packaged lie is not all pure fiction. It is simply and mostly just not accurately true. Fifty people were shot to death at the gay night club in Florida by a madman. That is likely true. But that simple fact of horror will be ‘milked’ and ‘packaged’ and ‘sold’ and ‘exploited’ for reasons economic and political. The ‘news’ machine will feed off it like a vulture. The information will not help mankind. But it will help some whose agenda feeds off of pus and horror.
The worst part is that we have come to know the news as 90% pus and horror, ten percent ‘celebrity’ and one hundred percent inaccurate. We have no idea what is really true anymore. None.
And get this: Kim Kardashian was interviewed about the nightclub shooting. And, of course, Trump was asked about it as well. Is that news? Or is that just pure, sensationalistic and opportunistic exploitation of the tragedy for some unknown but likely profit-making or political agenda?
Doesn’t matter. Not to me. Not anymore. I am going to try cutting the link again. The news is not good for me. It is not informative. It is not educational and it is not necessary to living my life. In fact, it is detrimental. It is unhealthy. It is the voluntary digestion of evil and lies in the form of packaged misinformation for purposes that serve the dark side more than my own illumination. Yeah, you can quote me on that.
I have other interests other than just living off the grid. I am interested in China. I like new inventions. I am intrigued with economics. I’d like to know more about those topics. The problem is that every time I read anything in the media I actually know something about, the content is wrong. And, where it is not obviously wrong, there is so little real content I learn little to nothing. Worse, I suspect I am reading lies even if there aren’t any. My cognitive filters are now so clogged with brainwashed media debris, I wouldn’t know an honest, accurate report if it bit me.
I am going to have to stick with books. In books, I have somewhat more faith.
Who would have thought that deepening cynicism would be a side effect of Shingles, eh?