Using News for a Good Cause / Where To Begin
Please list your news sources in the comments below. Often individuals only read news that fits their beliefs, and this limits one from seeing beyond oneself. Maybe it is time for all of us to take a broader view to become exposed to what is really happening in everyone's community. It is important to notice how others have failed far away in their own home town; reading about them will show us what we may do different.
Recently there was a poll made here for sharing whom you trust in news, and this was a very good idea to offer the public. It would be interesting for others to add sources here for information other than just about people's behavior around the world; it would be nice to share your source for technology, medicine, hobbies, and any other interests. I found several sites that offer a photo of the day, which is fun to look forward to each day.
I also want to mention that news may be read several different ways, so please suggest to others here how you transfer the articles for your viewing. Do you use a mobile device with a reader program; if so which program. If you use a home computer do you use RSS feeds, or XML. For those wanting to know more about RSS Feeds, simply go to the site you frequent and see if in the address bar there is an RSS icon, if so then click on it. You will see a screen now that is just a list of the banners for each article on that site for the past day, or week, maybe even month. I want you to click on "save" now, then go back to your favorites column and notice how the site is saved here. You will notice next to the address on the favorites list that there is a group in parentheses that says how many articles are unread. Click on the address and it will take you to the site's RSS page; on my computer it is blue, with white background, very simple. This is useful when sorting through a ton of information such as I was doing for years. This also works on non-news sources such as technology, computer technology, your favorite site about hobbies, etc. The idea is making the process about learning your environment interesting thus filled with all aspects of your surroundings.
The reason why this article is so important is because media consolidation has fired almost all of its investigative journalists. Media will not run articles that conflict with their advertisers. Newscasters will read anything the teleprompter says. Our FCC does not hold accountable the broadcasters who lease the people's airwaves we own (by contract they must show timely, accurate, and information pertinent to your community or they lose their lease). Too often individuals are heavy minded, and not scanning the horizon for what it is they truly need to hear. Even the people who feel they are on the right track often avoid watching the bad news, which is not really a very good idea because in order to see things correctly then you need to know what people are doing on both sides of the fence.
There is word going around that the internet is not a good source of information. That is not a very accurate description of what is taking place there. People who do want to get the information out are often pushed three or four pages down in a google search; most people will not look that far. Thus people only look what is first, what in right in front of them as true. Due to this, people who have interests in business will hire firms to put out disinformation, so much of it that when you google search you will get those four or five pages of disinformation read as fact. That is why people say to not trust the internet. But this is all we have, so remember that if you want to change the world you better first be sure your own home is good, you are investing morals in your community, and you speak out at your job.
Wikipedia also gets a bad rap about its content. They are having the same problem as Google is in your search and getting disinformation. People write up a description on their site about the page, then someone else comes back and edits it to make their company and themselves look better to the public so this whistleblower who first wrote in good stuff is whited out. Wikipedia has a page that shows how it handles this, and how it handles whistleblower information. You will be impressed that this is done by individuals from all over the world; the content if large takes time to go through, and the facts are checked first before it is released.
In television, disinformation also occurs and can be seen anytime someone tried to speak out using their airtime. Rosie on the View a while back told us about events prior to 911, and asked we look into them as a concerned public and she was crucified by the network, discredited by them instead of standing up to the plate and admit their going along with less-than-serviceable news content they feed to their audience. One of my favorites in journalism is Phil Donahue, who gave away his control of the microphone, and had the idea to let the audience say what they want using his platform. Even though this was a simple thing, it was cutting edge; no one had never done this before. Another example of media gone over the cliff was when Harvey Picklar went on the David Letterman Show and he wore a t-shirt saying GE who owns your show makes items for the war department; he went on the show and said all sorts of stuff he and his wife carefully articulated thus knowing what to say on the show when he got in front of the spotlight. Today tv is no longer live; there is a delay, so if this ever happens again like in Dave's show, it can be stopped and edited. But back then, everyone heard what Harvey had to say and this was a really neat guy. He was mentally challenged, worked at an office filling medical records, and on the side he made comic books and sent them out to dozens of his followers each month by mail.
I hope the background given here gives you the idea that news is not to be trusted, and if you do find an odd source that is getting the information out then please share it with others. At the same time, please share your other sites of interests; if you are going to spend time searching for news might as well through in a few other topics while you are using that time. Please list the actual link name; if it is RSS feed then cite the RSS link (which is different from the site). I will provide my list below in the comment section along with all of my readers. Keep in mind that my list is about 12 years old. Some of the links or sites may not be available or as good of a source as before. Iraq war.ru is no longer available, and Al Jazzera used to be a great site until the king sold it several years back. If you are using Pacifica Radio in your town, list the station frequency, and the town this frequency is played in. The idea is to share news with another and make them feel welcome.
If you have other ideas for understanding the world we live in, why people are acting the way they do around you at home, then list that information. I use Wikiquote and anytime I like a war song or movie I then look up who the author is, what was happening in his life before that time. Then I go to Wikiquote to read any further information that be available. Using quotes from book writers who were bothered about a topic is great information and I have a list of quotes; maybe we can write an article about quotes, share the ones you have. Knowing what a quote is really written about is a daunting task if you are in denial. It is a great litmus test to see if you really are a stand-up person. Another litmus test is the more you do good, the more your life is going to have problems from others, even resulting in isolation. We have a problem here with the people in this country, and we need to work at defining it, resolving the issues. Even if it is just us deciding on a color to paint my house, I want the exercise to teach us how to work together; we can work on the harder problems later as we all face them at our homes. It is time we use news for a good cause, and learn where to begin. it is time we put the "me" back into media.
Iraq War Reporting (no link here)
Poverty News Blog
World Changing, change your thinking
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