Unlike most of you I amplaying catch up in my life having lived for years under the rule of a gov thatcensored and controlled everything we got to read or hear so ever since I firstcame across a copy of the soviet weekly on the streets of London in 1977 I havehad a thirst for information…….but….
About 6 years or more ago I visiteda local tourist attraction called BlackCreekPioneerVillage. There they hadan old printing press and it was a part of the village newspaper “store”. Iremember the "printer" talking about how news and these presses permeated thelandscape of rural North America and how theywere leased to businesses given their cost along with some idea of how the newstraveled and the speed at which this news traveled back in the day.
Absolutely fascinatinghistory given we often see some telegrapher or photographerwith the old magnesium flash running about town in a western movie.
But today watching thevarious news channels I hop around on in the early morn to catch up on "News I " I could not help but feel I was being more “manipulated” “misinformed” and basically treatedlike I was some total idiot. I could not help but feel some guy sitting behind thescenes was playing puppeteer and “engineering” what was being beamed my way. Its totally putting me off and giving rise to my own desire to "black them out".
For some time this has beengetting to me. It seems journalism has so badly strayed from a time when itsrole in the village was to educate, inform and entertain and as such had in myview a vital role to play and did. Now it seems to do nothing more than attemptto pit man against man and stir up controversy all in the name of trying to gettheir beanstalk to stick its head out of the cloud higher than the next one so they can score a point and charge an advertiser more $$.
It does not seem to matterwhether the subject is woodworking, food, health or that dreaded politics.Simply sticking to the role I outlined appears to have become insufficient.
The work one has to do now toget at the facts requires you have the tenacity for getting at the truthbordering on being Sherlock Holmes. I dont have time for that so by default of overwhelming the masses with disinformation the agenda of some or other pupeteer reigns, that gets to me even more.
Never mind the influence ofthe “money” element that I find particularly prevalent in the woodworking or any othermagazines or if you consider it, other woodworking forums and their masterservant policy which would have no one speak a word of negativity about themaster or the masters products.
So I thought I would turn tomy common sense buddies for your take on how you navigate this maze to well besomewhat informed without being dragged out to sea only to sink in misinformation.
In my mind this is where aforum plays a significant role for me since it provides opportunity foreducation and correction of erroneous facts by a more “non aligned” group of independent thinkers ...er hopefully.
Just a sidebar I gave upwoodworking magazines and this issue was one of several motivations for doingso. I have purchased many tools reliant on the integrity of the tool teststhese magazines conduct but after a while and exposure here came to feel theylack credibility due to the masters advertising dollars oversight forcing the hand of truth. They may not praise junk but they also dont point it out unless its so blatant they simply are forced to.
So what’s your take? Have weall got to become aggregators of dozens of media sources to be able toestablish some simple fact about anything or do we simply go with the flow andadopt a “join a club” and go for a ride approach.
Help me through my paranoia I cant help feeling some very negative character from WW2 is alive and well and kicking around the media everywhere i turn.
Remember a time when there was a boogie man under every bed and closet?