Many young journalists like myself begin with a vision of defending freedom of speech, exposing corruption and defending justice.
I entered the media industry because I love people. I love being the agent between government and citizen and the idea of enlightening people on what is happening around them.
But the media is tainted. Like any other industry it is largely controlled by higher powers. I realized this while working at the Stillwater News Press. We report on water skiing squirrels and the latest football victory while Oklahoma State is over charging students and local children go hungry. I asked my boss if I could cover a story exposing carcinogens in the food of the companies that provide meals to Greek houses. He basically said that we don’t bite the hand that feeds us.
The media is not always a defender of justice. It does not always expose corruption and serve the people. Especially when that corruption is caused by the force that the local media answers to such as Oklahoma State.
Small town media sweep corruption under the rug while national media over exaggerates crime and under exaggerates good deeds. They up-lift rare diseases and down play Cancer patients over coming.
I asked myself, why is it so difficult to report the facts? Because as usual, it is all about money. If the media doesn’t please the one that pays they won’t have paper to print on. This is why basing your world view off of the what your hear on TV or in a Newspaper is a bad habit to form. It is, unfortunately, tainted.
Steven Pinker’s of the Two-Minute Case for Optimism realized during his research that “violent crime has fallen by half since 1992, and fiftyfold since the Middle Ages. Over the past 60 years the number of wars and number of people killed in wars have plummeted. Worldwide, fewer babies die, more children go to school, more people live in democracies, more can afford simple luxuries, fewer get sick, and more live to old age.”
We do not live in a perfect world. Small town media sweeps local “crap” under the rug while national media makes a mountain out of a mole hill. It’s easy to become a pessimist from the endless stream of negative media. But the news presents a distorted view of the world. As Pinker said,
“News is about things that happen, not things that don’t happen.”
“You never see a TV crew reporting that a country isn’t at war, or that a city hasn’t had a mass shooting that day, or that millions of 80-year-olds are alive and well.”
So keep your eyes on the things that are good in the world. I promise once you begin to place your attention on them, you will realize that they sufficiently out number the bad.
people say the world is fundamentally “good” or fundamentally “bad” but neither are right, there are endless things you can choose to look at. as conscious beings we have the choice of focus and creating our own perspective out of a myriad of factors.
It’s sad at the same time. “He basically said that we don’t bite the hand that feeds us.” Right, that’s why certain independent networks work against ignorance. Certain medias hate their competition because of it, etc. I could only add that some of the negativity media portrays sometimes, however dulling, scaremongering or controlling, it does remind us that bad things do happen, so people should at least be informed. Being worried is if you believe a TV screen is somehow dangerous. The truth shouldn’t scare people, though. Corruption itself shouldn’t be seen as powerful, because it definitively isn’t. It’s submission to the ideology that the whole world is cruel, immoral and going down. My personal outlook is that only what’s intimidating can make you strong. What doesn’t kill you makes you weak. Speaking of morals, that’s the most favorite topic in medias. Why are politicians not talking about morals, especially before elections? Immorality and keeping shit happening sells. Leonardo da Vinci has a saying “He who does not punish evil commands that it be done” It’s definitely a good idea to be conscious of, but who extinguishes a fire if he lit it himself, except a complete moron?