Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Junk Media Diet
Jesus said "Seek and you shall find". Jesus also said "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life". Given that, would the inversion of those statements be true?...Just sit there, and you will find nothing... truth will not just drop from the sky and land in your lap. The default position is living in a false reality. Seeking truth is, therefore, an active pursuit achieved only with a conscious intention of the will. Jesus was big on that type of attitude, "You do not receive because you do not ask". Can I then conclude that if my only source of news and information is that which is fed to me by the mainstream media it is not likely to be honest or reliable. How much more so should this be the case knowing that the prince of this world is the master of deception and all men are liars? (Rom 3:4).
What I am getting at is if you don't take responsibility for gathering your own information you then get what you are given. You get what you pay for (or what you don't pay for), What is presented to you is serving someone else's agenda and is someone else's version of reality that they want you to accept for your own. Getting your own information is costly in time and effort, but the payback is like sight to the blind.
The global mainstream media is dominated by only half a dozen mega corporations, who work for the highest bidder to create customized versions of reality by the elite to control and manipulate the masses. On the other hand, independent news sources are not guaranteed to serve the whole truth, but it's more likely to be objective. If one refers to multiple independent sources after a while you see them hitting the same target but from different directions. It has the smell of genuine leather. You place another piece in the jigsaw puzzle and you see a little bit more of the big picture.
The mainstream media is like a junk food diet. It's easy, quick and convenient. It's home delivered with Pepsi and ice cream thrown in. You know it's not the best thing to consume everyday but you can't help scanning ninemsn for the latest celebrity cosmetic surgery news, the latest footy team sex scandal or weird Sarah Palin factoid. You know you should be getting some fresh meat like being up to date with who really started the Georgian conflict and why. What about some fresh veges like understanding what's imploding the US economy and why the world is on the verge of catastrophic depression.
When Jesus talked about the end times he said the world will carry on business as usual, but those who have the wisdom to notice the changing of the season have the opportunity and responsibility to prepare for it (Matt 24).
Church, stick your head out the stained glass window. The times, they are a changin'.
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