I watched five minutes of Good Morning America today, and this is what I saw:
First, the situation in Charlotte, NC—lots of frightening images and explosive close-ups, complete with angled shots and shaky filming to capitalize on the feeling of chaos and panic in an already volatile situation.
Second, a bunch of scary Trump stuff, so familiar it’s becoming boring.
Third, coolhand Clinton expressing concern over the state of emergency in Charlotte, and saying she sure will try and fix it all for us.
I rarely watch these shows or TV news because of the media’s habit of sensationalizing everything, and the manipulative methods used in keeping us in a highly emotional state of fear, panic, or irrelevant distraction; it’s all just too agitating. But for a fleeting moment today, I almost believed that Clinton was indeed quite reasonable—she looked pretty stately and surprisingly fresh for coming off the heels of pneumonia (How does she do it?!), but I quickly snapped out of it, and realized how effective the manipulation is. I remembered, Oh yeah, that’s a
seasoned power-hungry politician speaking.
None of what I saw in that five minutes this morning told any more of the truth than the seen-one-you’ve-seen-em-all morning show could spare, but instead, a Mad Men version of the truth, where cigarettes are healthy, and heavy drinking is harmless. Our media actively instigates and encourages incidents of violence, and is inflaming us citizens toward heated reactions and emotional decisions.
Nothing is presented calmly and discussed intelligently. Everything is an emergency. (If it’s not an emergency, it’s “human interest,” not news.) The media is only provoking us and pushing our buttons so that when someone “overreacts,” there’s someone handy to blame, giving our corporate owners all the more evidence of our need for whatever they’re pimping to us.
Either that, or, as with the constant Trump “news,” they’re numbing us to the pain of losing our souls.
I am frustrated, frightened, and chilled to the bone.
Please understand the real purpose of what we see and hear, and who profits from it all.
That’s all for today. I’m gonna go pet the cats now.