Not that I paid much attention to current affairs in the first place, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve paid less and less attention to news in general. And this is a double edged sword, for the most part. I stay away from the cesspool of negativity, but also lose a bit more connectedness. There are a few things and people I want to write about today, and they mainly concern the ‘Fourth Estate;’ the press and news media. While a lot of news seems to be irrelevant to our every day lives, such as the passing of a minor policy, the state of the stock market, or some far away deaths in a place which you’ll never remember the name of, one thing remains clear; this connectedness, while maybe not physically relevant, is of the utmost importance in a democratic society. The media, in it’s purest form, should serve not only as a link between people and places, but also as an intermediary between the state and citizens. It’s role is to scrutinize public and private decisions, events, and actions of every form. It’s an expression of our freedoms of speech and action, being aware of the constant tides of change, and how they may affect us in the present and the future.
And as far as I am aware, the state of the media today seems to be a sorry pile of garbage. Which probably contradicts what I’ve written above.
But even though I do feel a need to stay connected, the internet is a hazardous and often confusing place to navigate, especially in the world of industrialized news and political commentary. I usually flit between listening to the Daily Wire, a small conservative news agency, the Intercept, a small liberal news agency, Matt Walsh, a Catholic journalist, Tim Pool, who is an independent liberal journalist, and even someone like Joe Rogan, who’s interviews help me stay keyed in a lot. But there is just an overwhelming amount of content, and even though it’s usually good, I don’t have the time or motivation to keep up with it. But I’m very glad those people and agencies do exist. As a democratic citizen I need to have that ability to stay informed, and honestly, at that. Objective news reporting will never exist, but by being able to hear from different people and their viewpoints, we can piece together an understanding of current affairs that is relevant to us. And that’s important.
I’ll leave you with a video from Tim Pool where he takes a look at society and criticizes some of Dr. Peterson’s ideas, but leaves a good message: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BRuXKcMypU/