Internet Publishing And Fake News

All the current talk around ‘fake news’ has alarming implications for us all – we might just be on the verge of an Orwellian type crack down on free speech and political discussion – the stakes are high!

George Orwell could never have imagined the peril of our times
George Orwell could never have imagined the peril of our times

Fake News Is B.S

Any student of journalism, media or modern culture is familiar with the concept of ‘Bias’. The idea that a news collection, and syndication business can be totally objective is completely absurd in the light of reality. You might recall a song written by Bob Dylan, not one of his better ones, where he says ‘You gotta serve somebody’ – this about sums up the whole circus.

Even taking a completely candid, impartial look at the industry of mass media it is abundantly clear that each group is owned, operated and managed by specific people of a particular political complexion – it is inevitable.

‘News’ is not just about reporting basic events as they occur, although this can certainly be a part of it, but always we are being given an interpretation of events, and the positioning of these reports, the provided contexts and unspoken narratives, then create the actual message we are expected to respond to. This can be a complex study, and if you are not used to being analytical it can be tricky.

If we are to be fully aware of how we respond, if we have any pretense at being discerning about forming our opinions, then we must be very careful about what we we base our ideas on! The monopoly of information which the mainstream media once completely held sway over is no longer the case. We can either choose to ignore this and become irrelevant ourselves, or participate!

Mainstream News Threatened

When a major commercial News entity is threatened it is of course obvious that they would seek to discredit what they see as the source of this threat – in this case it is the proliferation of Internet-based News & Current Affairs, a proportion of which is always click-bait aggregation style sites which have little to offer other than lots of advertising and sometimes blatantly untrue reports BUT, there are a lot of groups which simply disagree with the mainstream accounts. It is up to us as consumers to verify our sources, not the commercial News companies who are acting as censors. they seek to have these alternative media shut down (of course!). They directly challenge their authority, often having way more views and holding stronger online positions. 

If you check the Internet positions of these sites compared to the mainstream outlets like ‘CNN’ they are way ahead – people are sick of being manipulated and treated like sheep. Alternatives are always welcomed to the arena of News, at least by us the great public of the world who want to form our opinions on the best information available. It is deeply concerning that political factions and commercial interests are taking it on themselves to tell us what is ‘good for us’, Obama (The Democrats), CNN, MSN, The New York Times, BBC they are all bleating about ‘Fake News’ and it is transparent! 

Very obviously we are not referring to basic reporting of what occurs out there in the world – if an earthquake or Volcano eruption takes place, for example, that is plainly a physical manifestation which can be reported; something either happens or it does not. The kind of ‘news’ these people are suggesting is the interpretation of what personalities get up to, why did Hillary Clinton say ‘We came we saw, he died’ – and what does this signify in terms of what took place in Libya? What are the real reasons for government actions, what is taking place that we are not informed about? These are the critical elements of the argument!

So ‘News’ is not simply about accuracy of reporting, it is the essential nature of how events and occurrences, actions, plans, covert projects, motivations of political actors all combine to produce real outcomes in our lives. It is in fact a complex issue. Not one of veracity alone, but do we tolerate true freedom of speech or are we going to allow powerful groups in our society to call the shots and determine what we have access to? Because this is what they are suggesting covertly, that we shut down various groups online – appalling!

All food for thought! We are living through very interesting times, and the internet once again is the dynamic medium for a lot of change and opportunities for increased freedoms – also the fulcrum by which we might be further controlled and enslaved, our thinking and opinions forged by central agencies. No thanks!

 

Author: MikeG

The internet has been with the public for about 20 years now, many take it for granted, but as eWriters we understand we should never take the internet for granted!

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