15 January 2013

Homework? That'll Do the Trick.

Though blogging is a creative endeavor that I rather enjoy, I all too often get distracted with the other goings on in life and this, in direct suffering, prevents me from posting as often as I should.

So, in an effort to abate this problem, as part of my weekly academic assignments, I will write 'blog' in my planner to remind me that I still have this outlet and that I need to utilize it more often than I have been.  So, audience, prepare for another series of posts until this plan self-destructs.

I haven't really posted much since Thanksgiving, so I'll spare you the stringent details of the holidays.  Christmas and New Years were both great.  I spent them with Dean and my other friends.  I ate food.  I drank booze.  Yeah, it was a good holiday season.

A week after the beginning of the new year, I found myself once again submitting to the throes of academia, balls deep in study and in over my head as far as my course load is concerned.  I achieved the long sought after 4.0 GPA last term and am more than willing to put forth the effort to continuously achieve that standard for myself in this upcoming term and the remaining terms of my collegiate career.  In a year and a half, I'll be able to finally breathe that long awaited sigh of relief and frame my degree.

In a media literacy class that I am currently enrolled in, we have been discussing several different conspiracy driven theories.  I will preface this by saying that I am not a conspiracy theorist.  I do, however, entertain these ideas.  Submitting to them is a different category entirely that I choose not to imbibe in.

We talked the other day about mass communication that serves political interest.  While this may not be news to you, it was to me.

In the early nineties while the US was on the brink of the Gulf War, who came to be known as 'Nurse Nayirah' gave a false testimony detailing heinous acts of violence in a hospital in Kuwait by Iraqis.  Nayirah turned out to be the daughter of a US ambassador and was hired to give this testimony at a congressional hearing to ignite public acceptance of going to war with Iraq. 

We discussed in the class how it was unlikely that the media knew about the corruption at hand, that it was unlikely that the courts at the time knew that the testimony was false, they were just doing their jobs.  Nayirah was simply giving the testimony that she was paid to give, a puppet in creating public interest in going to a war that the public may or may not have agreed with.

Many people theorize that the attacks on September 11 serve a similar purpose.  Though I have my feelings about 9/11, I'm not a 'loose changer' when it comes to the issue.  I have my theories about it and, for the sake of keeping this post length at least slightly under what would qualify as the length of a novel, I will spare you.

I do, though, find this topic of discussion interesting.  This controversy coming to the surface forces one to think about how many other times this has happened in our past, present, and will continue to happen in our future.  If you are still in denial about a hegemonic ruling class, think again.

Examples like this show with terrifying clarity that, though the media might be doing everything in their power to remain ethical and report these stories as they happen, the events themselves may just be what's been fabricated all along.

1 comment:

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

It's sad that we really can't believe what we are told by the government or media. When I was a young journalism student, I was much more idealistic than I am now. I believed that at least the journalists were above board. Now I find, especially with the proliferation of cable and internet forums to be constantly filled with "news," that I take everything I read and hear with a large grain of salt.

Congrats on the fabulous GPA!


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