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#160589 - 12/30/08 10:32 PM Re: Paranoid or seeing the "signs"? [Re: MartinFocazio]
ironraven Offline
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plus about a gazzillion on that, Martin.

We are used to a "faster" lifestyle. As a result, we get overloaded.
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When a man dare not speak without malice for fear of giving insult, that is when truth starts to die. Truth is the truest freedom.

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#160590 - 12/30/08 10:33 PM Re: Paranoid or seeing the "signs"? [Re: Tjin]
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As has been wisely said many times here: Take a break from "news." (TV, radio, Internet).

That's one of the benefits of camping for me -- news blackout.

And when I get home from camping (50 nights last year) I've found that I never missed a thing that I could do anything about.

Day after day of The CBS Evening Bad News, CNN's latest missing child case and FOX's morning L.A. car chase, etcetera, is a recipe for despair and paranoia.

With all the cable channels it seems to me there would be a market for The Evening Good News.

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#160593 - 12/30/08 10:44 PM Re: Paranoid or seeing the "signs"? [Re: dcnh]
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Originally Posted By: dcnh
Only a few more weeks before the mainstream media changes its narrative from "grim" to "hope". My guess is that you'll see many more stories in the news taking the "glass is half full" approach in 2009.


My guess too.
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#160599 - 12/30/08 11:23 PM Re: Paranoid or seeing the "signs"? [Re: GarlyDog]
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I know that it would not make money and would be very resource intensive, I would like to see an independent, non profit media watch dog entity which recorded and stored all media reporting and gave the public free access. Then you could see the patterns in their reporting and the radical shifts in positions, not just of the media, but politicians as well. Lexus/Nexus is way too expensive.

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#160610 - 12/31/08 12:20 AM Re: Paranoid or seeing the "signs"? [Re: Montanero]
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The Internet itself?

As for "independent," it seems that EVERY source of information gets accused of the dreaded "media bias" by somebody, sometime.

The blogosphere seems to be working a revolution on media news reporting, and does serve a sort of watchdog function. But it is far less passive and more demanding of the consumer than the mainstream news media. Moreover, there is a huge signal to noise issue.

Jeff

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#160619 - 12/31/08 01:18 AM Re: Paranoid or seeing the "signs"? [Re: Jeff_M]
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Independent of ties to a large corporation (Time Warner) or political entity. Humans are biased by nature and that is expected. I mean historical databases of all media reporting for future reference and research. The internet is too disorganized and there is too much misinformation for that to work as a watchdog. The people would have to be focused on reporting on the reporting. Vetting the accuracy and authenticity of the information that is reported by others.

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#160625 - 12/31/08 02:04 AM Re: Paranoid or seeing the "signs"? [Re: Montanero]
Dagny Offline
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One aspect of news that transcends ideology is the bias toward bad.

Bad news = news

Good news = human interest story now and then.


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#160634 - 12/31/08 02:31 AM Re: Paranoid or seeing the "signs"? [Re: Dagny]
GarlyDog Offline
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Originally Posted By: Dagny
One aspect of news that transcends ideology is the bias toward bad.

Bad news = news

Good news = human interest story now and then.



Excellent point.
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#160650 - 12/31/08 03:40 AM Re: Paranoid or seeing the "signs"? [Re: MichaelJ]
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There's always an Arquillian Battle Cruiser, or a Corillian Death Ray, or an intergalactic plague that is about to wipe out all life on this miserable little planet, and the only way these people can get on with their happy lives is that they Do... Not... Know about it!
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#160755 - 12/31/08 11:16 PM Re: Paranoid or seeing the "signs"? [Re: MichaelJ]
samhain Offline
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Originally Posted By: MichaelJ
Hello all,

Am I just being paranoid, or does it seem like something really big is coming?

Perhaps I'm watching and reading to much news;
global climate change
pandemic flu
food shortages
drought
failing economies
unemployment
war
poverty
terrorism
etc.
...you know...the usual.

But it seems to me that we're at a breaking point for so may things, and eventually something has to give.
Couple to that the interconnectivity of many of our "vital" systems and...well, it looks like something big is about to happen.

Anyone else feel this way?


Looking at the above from a historical context it looks like a pretty good year....

I has been a helluva lot worse during our short history of existence.

Tambora, Krakatoa, Black Plague, Inquisition, 1918 pandemic, WW1 and WW2, last year's family reunion, .... the list goes on...

It's been worse and it will yet again, life goes on.

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