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More Serious Than Al Qaeda
Date posted - February 22, 2014
This is important. There is an extremely dangerous threat to the United States of America. This threat is a part of every adult citizen’s daily life. We encounter this threat when we walk into the coffee shop, when we turn on the TV, and when we log on the internet. Worse yet, our children hear us react to it, and this makes the damage ongoing. It’s inescapable right now, and we need to be aware of it and arm ourselves against it. No, we don’t need nukes, assault rifles, or tanks. Blowing up this enemy is not an option; this situation is more complicated than that.
Our nation has other enemies with whom we deter with the measures mentioned above. We all but write a blank check to make sure we outspend the rest of the world (combined) in defense spending to feel secure against them, but Al Qaeda and North Korea don’t hold a candle to the havoc this enemy can cause.
Our nation’s most dangerous threat is embedded in concerned citizens’ lives. Our elected officials are exposed to it daily and make decisions based on it. OUR BIGGEST NATIONAL THREAT IS OUR OWN MEDIA.
Television has changed drastically even in my short life. I remember growing up, and we had a very small fraction of the channels that are offered today. I went outside and played because nothing that interested me was on TV. Now there are hundreds of options available. I can watch stations devoted to shopping, sports, animals, hunting, and reality shows (unfortunately). Perhaps the most unfortunate type of channel created is 24-hour news.
The reason why news is the most unfortunate is because, like all of the other specialty stations, they tailor themselves to the demographics. With the advent of these specialty stations came a lot of information about what kept people watching. People WILL invest themselves in a 24-hour news station when they are emotionally invested. How do you get viewers emotionally invested? Fear and anger.
When news personalities strike fear into their viewers, they can get the viewers to watch longer. People want to watch longer to see why they are afraid and who is to blame for the world being such a scary place. Who is to blame? The answer these “news” stations provide is whichever political party opposes your views, of course.
In part, this fear/anger mongering is genius; it is especially smart if the owner of the station has a political agenda (they all do). It is genius when the goal is to garner ratings; however, when the goal of America is to move forward and do what is best for the citizens, this practice is retrograde.
My challenge to the readers of this message is to refrain from feeding the beast. I’m not saying stop watching your favorite “news” station altogether, but be cognizant of its motives. Don’t follow blindly; think for yourselves. When the media (and those who fund it) have more pull than the politicians for whom we vote, our freedom is a fallacy. When our goal is to move our country forward, these channels are a cancer in the colon of America.