Tuesday, March 21, 2006

The Corruption of the News Media

The news of today had truly been corrupted. This is easily seen in how the progress versus the tragedies is reported out of Iraq. If someone merely turned his or her television onto the news, that person would have a sense of doubt and fear of how the United States military forces are an inadequate form of protection. Its too bad that the people are misinformed.
I have had two cousins who have served in the War in Iraq, and both merely comment on the deaths and severe consequences of entering Iraq, yet they seem to talk more about improvements being made daily for the Iraqi people. The news media has completely blown the downsides of Iraq out of the water. Yes, soldiers die every day, yet that is not the only thing that is happening in the Middle East. If those soldiers had a choice, I am sure that they would want the true meaning of the War in Iraq to reach the people instead of singling out the bad occurrences. If the press had reported on World War II like they do on the War in Iraq, the United States would probably have torn itself apart out of panic.
It seems like everyone feeds off of the downsides to things. No one ever hears about how people are so nice to one another, instead the news publishes arguments and rivals found in our government. Whether it is an accident that a republican made, such as Bush or Cheney, or how poorly they are running our government, it will never be good news. Yet, isn’t it funny that one never hears about a liberal screwing up?

Friday, March 03, 2006

The Effects of Blogging

"A new system of communication is changing society and no body knows it."
That is what my computer teacher told me the first day she introduced blogging to my class. As I questioned the statement she made ( How can society be changing if no body knows it?), I was reminded of the topic of Trent Lott.
At the party of Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday, Trent Lott stated that "I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. W're proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years, either." Later, Democrats such as Jesse Jackson and former Vice President Al Gore said that his comment was "racist." This was because of Thurman's background. In the 1948 presidential race, Thurman's party declared "We stand for the segregation of the races and the racial integrity of each race." Even though Thurman mellowed out from his strong support for segregation, his past seemed to haunt Lott. The reason for any and all of the attention drawn to this statement came from two people who found his statement interesting, so they picked it up and ran with it.
Glenn Reynolds and Josh Marshall launched blogs over the internet at ABCNews.com to talk on the "racist" comments which Lott used. Finally, the press found a way to bring the negative to the public, so they did. Lott's statements had nothing to do with racism, yet the press corps thought differently.
Even though the corrupting news groups of today would have criticised Lott anyways, it takes communication to bring information to them, and blogging did just that.