Saturday, September 25, 2010

Be A Skeptic For Everything

Despite its efforts to resuscitate, main stream media is dying. And thank goodness for that. Media used to be a means to counter the state's constant creep on freedom, but those days are long gone. Today's media serves as the useful idiots for the state, simply regurgitating official bureaucratic statements as "news" while seldom offering up legitimate critique.

So why am I optimistic? In a word: Internet.

Yesterday, the state could stifle and control the transmittal of information to the public very easily because of the very limited media inputs. The majority of all information bottlenecked through a small handful of newspapers and TV and radio networks.

Today, anyone with an internet connection has the means and ability to become an initiator of information flow. The members of the Old Media are painfully aware of this, hence the recent calls to bailout the newspaper industry.

This is again one of the tragedies of the state and its monopoly on the use of aggressive force. Those well-connected to the state need only to take advantage of that position and use it to strike at its competition, rather than innovate and provide a better product in the marketplace.

Solution: turn off your TV news stations. All of them. They are all complicit. I would say to stop buying newspapers but that has already happened. Recognize that when Old Media attempts to marginalize New Media, it's akin to makers of horse saddles attempting to disparage the automobile.

Be a skeptic FOR EVERYTHING.

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