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Updated on March 20, 2013
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What's going on?

Ever wonder if it's you or the news media when it comes to ignored issues that urgently concern you? What I mean is sometimes you go for months, maybe years, in some instances, and never catch a wave. You have your life and its intrigues and labrinthine intricacies, and it has crossed your mind, possibly, that the government could help, not just you but others in the exact same predicament. There are 315 million in the USA. Those who choose to turn an ear or eye toward the professional information processors who light up the tube or attract the most hits on the internet probably have well-formed opinions of and predictable reactions to an assortment of hotly contested issues. But how often does one truly hit home? There is something about nation-wide news that makes one want to take a step back. Two steps for foreign policy. And then, simply wait until your own concern gets air time, if ever.

Personally, regional news is more exciting. At least you know it is visceral or vibrant enough to get into print or put on screen within the confines of your own neighborhood. This kind of news varies widely, but it is always close to home, not live from NY. Information is vital. Without it, we are merely pawns suspended inside obscure games of manipulation. In other words, there are fine lines of distinction, but lies and half-truths can be subtle, and audiences have no way of knowing. They look toward the medium off and on with unquestioning naivete. The use of images (cameras never lie, do they?) to trap viewers is an ongoing problem. Still, people are the main prize. They are what's being targeted. All leaders or leadership organizations want to impress them. Whether they realize it or not, people hold a very important position in politics.

I just went nearly a full year without television. Except for CNN at the gym, I did not watch the news. Instead, I accessed news websites. But it took me this long to realize that news is just stuff that's out there in enormous, random, disorganized quantity. It is, taken as a whole, utter nonsense. I really miss having somebody arrange it all into twenty-two minutes. Even if the result leaves out the more vital and includes the insignificant, at least eye strain and brain squirm are not major factors. News websites are visual and audio nightmares. Given fifty choices on a single page, in bold or red print, catchy fonts, or attached in captions underneath thumbnail pictures, what precisely should one click? These pages are disastrous news casinos, and the jackpots are few and far between.

My only question is, how does the news medium make its final selections? They are good at it, too. Few question the resultant product. Anyway, it is a less critical proposition than wondering how the government determines to address certain vexing problems and, at the same time, turn a rather cold shoulder to others. The population stands somewhere in the vicinity of of 315 million. Not everybody is into the lead story. And then, to be honest, it sometimes just get worse. What's truly going on?


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