Real News and Newsreels
edited: Wednesday, December 18, 2002
By Ladiladah Enterprises Inc.
Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2002
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The changing news.
In some ways, the news could become a medium for the promotion of crime, a vehicle for war and an accomplice for changes in the power structure. Afterall, to know what's going on, you have to depend on them --the news machine. And if they don't want to give the news, then there is nothing the viewer can do about it, can he? He can't travel around the world and find out for himself. Travel outside of one's country is more and more a privilege of the upper echelon of society and not the province of the ordinary citizen. One day it might be impossible to get news of whats going on around the world. The next time skyscrapers fall, it may not even be announced. Everyday the news seems more and more taken up with the problems of one or two regions on the globe: For instance, Israel, for one. Probably 80% of the international news is taken up with the turmoil between the Jews and the Palestinians, at the expense of all the other places and war zones on the earth. The devotion to the Jew-Palestinian problem has almost become an excuse not to deliver news, because there is no room left for anything else in the time-slot. And the whole drama proceeds more and more, on the daily news, like a long-playing soap opera, with the same characters and events going on perpetually. And then there's the glorification of crime that takes place in news documentaries. This involves the digging up of corpses of unnamed victims and describing them as having been the focus of highly important, ancient sacrificial rites or rituals (which might or might not be being still practiced)--instead of simply as victims of unsolved, criminal activity. It promotes the false notion, also, that if a crime is regarded by a large group of people as being spiritually beneficial to their group, it has a greater religious significance than a spiritual experiences which benefit only one individual, at a time. There is no price that can be put on a religious experience. And there is no price for what makes a soul at peace or a spirit content. If an experience only benefits the soul of one person, it may still be priceless. An experience is not more religious, just because there are more people who participate in it. Just as a bigamist does not necessarily love better than a monogynist. People do not share money. Therefore, why they should share religious experiences or participate in somebody's personal religious experience or even somebody's death. Ultimately, the sacrifice of human life should not be committed to the will of dictators, claiming to need it for the benefit of the larger community. Like a game of musical chairs, everytime a suicide or sacrificial killing takes place, the survivors can think "That ol' man went rolling home...." and grab an extra chair for themselves. Nothing spiritual about that, in my opinion. In fact, to me it is clear (and not because I watch the news), that real power comes from violence and breaking the law. If you want to lynch a man, an innocent man, who has baroken no law and you bring 50,000 or so shouting supporters with you, then you can take his life. And the world will look on and not quite realize that a human right was violated and that the murderers are getting off scot free. Collective guilt divided by 50,000 is no guilt at all. The only law is the power of might. And the mighty change the old laws and put new laws up in their place that support the lawlessness of themselves. The law is for small people, who have no power to change anything. The laws are for the unmighty and the unmighty heed them. But the "powerful" never live according to the law. And, eventually, they change the law to correspond to the way they are determined to live. The new laws give the illusion that the "mighty and powerful" are living within "the law."