Independence in the Media

24 Aug

Is there truly an independent media that actually exists anywhere in the world today? Or are all outlets run by an agenda that sublimely (or sometimes not so sublimely) feeds them the content they choose?

Is there still integrity in journalism? Or has it vanished due to bottom line policies of media corporations?

Today’s post is meant to be an open forum to anyone who would like to share their opinions on this matter.

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2 Responses to “Independence in the Media”

  1. Steve August 25, 2009 at 7:13 am #

    IMHO, there’s no such thing as independent in terms of state or corporate run mass media. At a cynical level they’re really just both trying to set agendas of differing natures. Just mouthpieces for people behind the scenes to get the public to do what they want. They do report on some notable stuff but the vast majority of it is to meet a certain end for someone else.

    I think Marilyn Manson’s comments in Bowling For Columbine re: the media – Fear and Consumption were probably the most astute. We have a free press on anything unimportant, that’s why you get “Whose Madonna adopting now?” sort of shit splashed across even ‘respectable publications’ when it isn’t news at all. Even Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, who have made careers out of mocking the press, won’t touch certain subjects because the owners of the networks won’t allow them to.

    For example, look at the amount of Swine Flu Propaganda that’s being disseminated in the US right now. Mandatory vaccinations for half the population for nothing more than a bad case of the flue? There’s a hidden agenda behind that in my opinion. Theré something more they’re not telling us. And I don’t think profit has anything to do with it when they have all the money in the world. Smells very rotten. I’m not fucking taking that vaccine.

    However, I don’t think it’s all doom and gloom and I think it’s all changing, almost in cohesion with everything that’s happening globally right now. The internet, although filled with hoaxers and weirdos, has been a blessing in diguise. At least it has allowed for everyday educated folks to provide differing perspectives which the main stream media won’t cover, particularly when they aren’t being paid or aren’t members of some political or religious organization. The internet has probably sown the seeds of the corporate mass media’s, whose ratings have been plummeting especially post-Iraq, demise.

    ”The powers that be” or whatever you want to call them, are losing control of the media though, some of the fear language that’s been coming out of political and corporate Europe and America. I think you’re going to see the rise of an independent media over the next couple of years though, people are starting to wake up and are tired of the shit they’re being pumped with everyday through the MSM.’

    A little bit of a rant but just my two cents on a topic I feel pretty strongly about…

  2. simoncarabetta August 25, 2009 at 8:46 am #

    Thanks for the insight, Steve. I agree with you in your response, I don’t believe that there is any media outlet that doesn’t have its own agenda.

    To be truly independent is to be truly objective and impartial in the way you report. There is a fair amount of underlying bias, not only in the mass media, but also in so-called independent publications and broadcasts.

    I’d love to be a part of the first truly independent press one day, that’s the dream, and I believe that it can be created as there are a large number of educated and fair thinking individuals around that now have the means.

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