Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Not completely my thing, but it is interesting. Dead Tree media signed its own death warrant when it decided what we needed to know. So in the 1920s, the media didn't report on the death of 11 million Ukrainians at the hands of Stalin's Russia, because they thought Communism was a good thing, and didn't want to tarnish its image. During the late 1930s and early 1940s they didn't report on things like Kristallnacht, and - as the video points out - the deaths of the first 700,000 Jews for several reasons. One was probably the National Socialist Party was - at least partly - socialist. Another was certainly the England and the US didn't want lots of Jewish refugees. (This was the era when "covenant restricted community" meant no Jews and no blacks, after all.) Today their hysteria over guns and gun-rights, their devotion to the Democrats, no matter how bad things get, or what they get up to - like ignoring the War Powers Act - that they would never accept from Republicans, etc. has finally gotten across the point that they aren't the guardians of democracy, but just the propaganda arm of the Democratic party. And newspapers are history. Annenberg thinks that most papers will be gone in 5 years.