Super Jayhawk (super_jayhawk) wrote,
Super Jayhawk

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The State of State Media..

Due to my two years at, (which end next Wednesday, I might add) I don't get much in the way of time at home to do things like say, watch TV, chat online, or generally have a life. That's because I'm usually here late at night doing a build and having managers come back in panicky voices saying, "Stop the build! Start the build! Why haven't you started it yet?" . When I do actually have any free time, it's usually spent running around in spandex fighting evil, doing fursuit gigs, or grilling a frightening amount of steak.

Anyway, due to this I don't get a chance to watch much in the way of TV, so I keep up with most world events either in newspaper format or via the web browser. I even have one of those 500-satellite DirecTV dish systems at home, and it's highly annoying that I never get a chance to watch much in the way of anything.

So recently I ended up turning on the idiot box because I was trying to watch the news.. and geez, news coverage has taken a pretty dramatic slide to the right wing in the last few years. The new State-Run Media (also known as "Fox News") is pretty much unwatchable, and most of it is sound-bite drivel designed for gullible people with short attention spans. Even watching Comedy Central was a shock, somehow in the last year or two it's become
"The South Park Channel". The Dumbing Down of America is, unfortunately, in high gear.

Recently I got back into something I haven't listened to much since I left Kansas seven years ago, mostly becuase I didn't know where to find it, and now I listen to it all the time on the FM dial. I'm talking about National Public Radio, which for me has been a breath of Fresh Air in the polluted media world controlled by a few conglomerates.
I had forgotten what it was like to hear newscasters that talk about issues for more than 30 seconds, who don't do lame puns and conclusions at the end of sound-bite snippets, and of thoughtful discourse in a world of sensationalistic tawdry drivel.

So now I listen to it going to work, coming home from work, and in my highly rare free time.

Cartoon for the day:


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