Have a look at the above – spent over an hour trying to get tis UzrL in neatly.
- A few things before this comment gets sent on its way.
1. Using my iPad to wok with WordPress is a bit challenging. The iPad platform is very intuitive, WordPress is very robust and less so. Tradeoffs, OK, within reason. SO, I know there are limitations inherent in this combination, and with no formal WordPress training, I’m trying to make the blog shine, but the limits are there, and I hope the posts are dynamic enough. Time will bring improvements, and this can be subject of another post.
2. Alex Jones’ citation, the subject of this post. I think Alex Jones, is passionate about his work. That to me is a good thing. I’ve read and flow many of his stories, which tend to attract due to their “passion”, but there’s also the “hype” factor. Understanding this, allows one to estate the facts from the hype, and perhaps take it down a notch bringing it closer to the facts, which should be presented and viewed as objectively as possible, to get to he core issues, in the appropriate manner. Hype is not necessarily bad, but tends to be more in the direction of adding subjective importance to something factual but not necessarily requiring the neon, lights if a Times Square advertisement. So, I use Alex Jones as one source of information gathering, but temper the hype jus as I would temper the bias of other media outlets.
I believe a person needs to draw their own conclusions, using the liberties given to us by the forward vision of our founding fathers – let there be free speech, but buyer beware. We as consumers have the obligation to sift and sort to get to what we think is the real story.
This is a lesson we should be passing in to our children, that is the fact that although not explicitly stated in our founding documents, that with freedom comes the responsibility of not being slanted by public opinion and polls of the majority, having our moral compass set correctly, and recognizing that as long as individuals write or speak the “news”, the opinion of that presenter needs to be considered, recognized, and placed in the appropriate framework. We, are obligated by the freedom if expression, to know and teach others that, while the truth is out there, it’s not necessarily on h front page of the Washington Post, New York Times, or radio/TV commentator. We must recognize that all media has an alternate driving agenda, namely getting ratings, selling mor papers for revenue, o making a profit.
Some years ago, Ronald Reagan said, regarding the Soviet Union and Glasnost, “Trust, but verify”. 3 simple words that carry the idea of the responsibility incumbent upon all of us if we want to continue and perpetuate the notion o objectivism, and selfishness (which is by no means a bad thing in the right dosage).
So, to thy own self be true, and remember that behind every story, there is an individual or organization that has an agenda, and that agenda impacts the way in which a story is presented.
Let’s Think for Ourselves