Who are you? Are you the You who “blames the media” for what is wrong in the world?
If so, this blog is for You.
Want to blame someone, look in the mirror.
The state of “The Media” today can be traced directly to You, and your hours on end on Netflix or social media, without a second thought to live local/national and international news. You are no longer engaged in world events, You react to what happens – with loud outrage – when stories go viral. Seemingly more invested and concerned with the latest kill-off on “Game of Thrones” – yet thinking You are “in the know” because You checked “what’s trending” on Facebook.
That is not The Media. Mainstream TV, print or radio — The Media — is not to blame.
It floors me to see how many people are echoing that “it’s big media’s fault” that ‘we’ have to live with the world’s ills (Donald Trump President Elect. Pipelines. Aleppo.) In my opinion, this is very flawed thinking.
You have to live in the world we create, You and me.
Are you mad in America? Perhaps You didn’t vote? (Or voted for a third party in protest, or lied about who You voted for to the pollsters.) None of the results are “The Media’s” fault.
This isn’t Anderson Cooper or Megan Kelly’s fault, nor is it their producers. Lots of folks blaming Canadian Media for pandering to Liberals, they’re not. Issues in Canada are not Peter Mansbridge’s fault. These journalists cover the realities of the voting majority.
Calls to dissolve the CBC are nothing short of ridiculous. Sure, there are ways to curb the overspending on certain things at the Corp, but overall the CBC does great work. I’ve walked that walk, I worked there and can tell you that the newsroom hierarchy stresses over the smallest detail, in the name of getting it right.
Are there fluffy stories on all big networks? Yes. That viral cat video — that’s Your fault. It’s been proven that You will stay tuned, when You do watch, just to see.
Feeding You what keeps You tuned in is the reality that has hit cable news — they need You. Media is dying because of You. Do you consume local news? National? International? Or are You are a cord cutter (no cable) or don’t subscribe to news channels, do You follow – and read – the NYTimes, the Washington Post, Associated Press? If not, then I am talking about You.
So many of these You’s like to brag about not “having cable”, proudly announce “I don’t even own a TV”? The You who says they get all that they need from the smart phone only-who-I-want-to-follow social media News consumer.
Newsrooms are scrambling, now more than ever, with shrinking workforces — with no money due to the shrinking You.
Newsrooms around the globe have been slashed — I’m suggesting here that those left to cover the News deserve not only our respect, but also gratitude. They are busting their asses for ALL of US.
Currently working in Talk Radio, covering news and current affairs, after 4+ years doing “The News” and 20 more in sports TV and radio, I continue to be a hard working defender.
We can turn this around — we just need the masses (YOU) to get back to being present — consume News and see what is going on in this world, beyond the meme/cat video/Kardashians. Consume it. React to it. Act on it. Protest, either by the pen or in person. Invest in our country, in our world. Reconnect.
Stop blaming the messengers if You are not engaging in the facts delivered by The Media.
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