I could explain myself and what I am doing to water spider readers too, those wonders of literacy that do not delve below the surface of any of the words written on any page. I would have to apologize for having continued to read after high school too. None of this, in MHO, makes me better than anyone else, even though I do make use of it all here on the blog, the truth is that not everything should be written or read like a novel or a newspaper.
I still have a great deal of respect for most journalists in spite of what I say about them and their collective. It is story telling, and some of them put themselves in great danger to tell that story, but that doesn’t mean that the story is an accurate picture of the event being reported either. Journalist suffer the same, “see what you want to see, hear what you want to hear,” defect as everyone else, with the added disability of being shown what someone else in authority wants them to see, and telling them what they want them to hear. Hence the stenography of some reporters.
To be honest I don’t think anyone who knows the ins and outs of Reagan’s October surprise or Iran Contra read about it in a newspaper or heard it on the television. Perhaps they should have, but most important stories don’t lend themselves well to the format of newspapers and television either. So every scandal since Iran Contra has been dodged by the rubric of complexity and we have had thirty years of corrupt government as a result.
It isn’t the fault of the reporters and their employer that their readers don’t dig into topics being raised in the media. But what has developed is a population that is partially informed of many events, which are exploited time after time by politicians using rhetoric, which any well read person should understand can be used to prove anything or disprove everything, and depending on how under informed the intended audience is, the degree of difficulty in effective rhetoric.
An appeal to patriotism is almost always an appeal to ignorance, and is almost always carried by newspapers and television, which by extension, makes dissent unpatriotic and dissenters and the media adversarial. I happen to have a low tolerance for people being killed over bullshit, including photographs that have no relevance to anything but principles, (which are more ideals than facts of history,) or fears of what could happen if we don’t do something to prevent our own hypothetical scenarios from occurring.
I hate your fucking wars, and I hate your vicarious certitudes about them, and the more you inflame the passions of the under informed for wars you cannot or will not explain, the more I hate you.
Yeah, I could apologize.