Hey guys, welcome back!
It’s been awhile since I posted so I thought to make it up to you guys by typing up a very long, thought-provoking random chit-chat post, to compensate for the time off.
I have been thinking about doing this particular post for a very long time now, but was always a bit scared to go on and write it up because I didn’t know people’s reaction. But since I was away for so long, I thought to come back with a bit of a bang, and go on and post it!
So here I am today, discussing the topic I was so nervous about, which is all about the media. Yes, you read right, the media.
Why? Because I’ve noticed a lot going on in the news for the past few months lately, and I wanted to address something in a direct yet indirect way if that makes sense. It’s just that, I have been seeing a pattern of a lot of people buying into some things, when it’s clearly false. I know that sounds like a blunt statement, but honestly…it’s just true.
People seem to be very easily persuaded whenever it comes to believing prominent figures, higher authorities, events and disasters, and not thinking anything of them. Everything that happens in this world people seem to believe it’s true, and they never even seem to associate things as a cover-up, a distraction or even a hoax.
But I don’t feel like we as humans naturally give into these things, I think it’s what’s constantly in our face every day that’s making us give into these things…which is the media. Because without this constant persuasive, propaganda the media uses on the everyday citizens, this would not be an issue.
It’s the newspapers, the T.V, the magazines, social platforms, and Hollywood, who seem to have the most power in brainwashing everyday people, to go along with what they want us to believe in. They’re the ones teaching us what’s cool and what isn’t, what’s right and what’s wrong, and they’re the ones teaching us what to buy into what not to buy into, all through the different media outlets in subliminal ways.
This leads me to the topic of: Should we always trust the media? Because it can be so influential in our everyday lives, that sometimes we don’t even realize it. Before we know it, we start saying or doing things that are not even who we are, and believing things so far-fetched — all because we read it online or heard it from a so-called trustworthy news source.
So let’s break down some of the ways to not be a sheep to the media, but to be more critical and mindful, to whatever we read or see.
Research Operation Mockingbird
The first thing you need to do, is to research Operation Mockingbird. Why exactly? Because Operation Mockingbird will really open your eyes to how dangerous the media is, and the tactics they use to promote agendas.
For instance, did you know Operation Mockingbird was a secret campaign by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (aka) the CIA, to influence the media? This all begin in the 1950s by Cord Meyer and Allen W. Dulles, along with other crafty organizers, that used the T.V and the newspaper as a way to sway the masses to believe certain things.
Project Mockingbird was basically a declassified file by our own government, that spilled the tea on recruiting top journalists into a network, to help present certain political, race or economic views in the US and other foreign Countries. This operation went as far as funding some students, cultural organizations, and magazines to push certain agendas in a faster and more sufficient way, without ever telling the readers or viewers that they were paid or hired by the government.
So in other words, the media had just used certain individuals to spew out a lot of false or half-truth content, and did not use the T.V or the newspaper just for pleasure or for information anymore. It was used for mind control, a hypnosis and a tactic to mess with you unconsciously, and attack you in ways you had no idea.
Which just goes to show you how much you really have to pay attention to what you’re taking in and viewing, now that you know that some of your favorite publications or news stations could be paid to say or promote certain things.
It also just goes to show how crafty and dangerous the CIA is, to even think of something like that, and to put thoughts or ideas into the everyday citizen without their proper consent.
Another thing that I think is very important when consuming news, T.V, etc, is to question sources. I mean how often do you really question where these news outlets get their information from? How often do you question the journalist and their training? And how often do you question their agenda behind it? Because unfortunately, people don’t, but they should.
My thing is, is that now that the government pretty much admits that some of your favorite publications or news stations could be paid to say or to promote certain things (ever since the 1950s) you need to start understanding how dangerous the media is, and questioning every little thing in the news.
Because some journalist have very little knowledge of researching, writing, and reporting and sometimes copy and past from non-trustworthy sites. Or they may literally make up something on the fly and you would literally never know, because you’re under the impression that they talked with somebody first hand.
People need to stop putting these big news publications on a peddle stool, and start realizing that journalism has flaws. People need to understand that writers and news anchors make mistakes, they make typos, they may plagiarise, etc! So why always trust them?
Readers and viewers need to also start checking out their source links (if they have one) and start researching and analyzing where the heck are they getting this info from? Because at the end of the day, these publications are just paid to type up 4-8 articles a day, and may not even know what they’re freaking talking about! Or they’re just paid to read from a teleprompter, but didn’t actually research the information they’re telling you, which is so beyond dangerous!
And speaking of questioning sources, you also need to really fact check these publications as well. Sometimes they start spewing out statistics or data that try to prove their point, but it doesn’t mean it’s always true.
Instead of actually taking word for word, graph for graph, and picture for picture, you need to start questioning “Do I see this?” “Is this true?” “Is this realistic?” and so on and so forth. Sometimes news stations or websites start talking about facts, but they don’t even match up with reality, society or seem plausible.
There have been several recorded accounts where journalist admittedly reported false information, and had to literally apologize for either fabricating something or literally just making something up, simply because they did not research or experience something that they claimed to have researched or experienced.
For example, just like how Bryan Williams was caught lying about riding in a helicopter that was shot down in Iraq by R.P.G. fire, when in reality, no one shot down the helicopter when he was in it, forcing him to later apologize on national T.V, for misrepresenting the storie.
Or when Fox News reporter Sean Hannity had to address his lie on-camera regarding when he claimed Michele Bachmann’s rally had a bigger audience, when in fact, he used Glenn Beck’s rally footage to make it look bigger.
Or better yet, just like how a reporter for the Intercept, named Juan Thompson, who made up sources, exaggerated quotes and got caught creating a fake email address to impersonate a source, when again, it never even happened, forcing him to later apologize.
So the main thing that I think is very important for us to do, is to really sit down, read, double-check multiple websites, and stop taking everybody’s words for things. Even if the news isn’t 100% lies and propaganda, you still need to be careful of not falling into what Facebook says, or what Twitter says, or what the nightly news says all the time, because they’re not always trustworthy. Sometimes you have to go that extra mile of questioning and fact checking, instead of just assuming these sources are right.
So to conclude this post, I must ask each and every one of you, how many times do you read, see or listen to something apart of the media, and take it in with caution or belief? Because actually paying attention to little details and having a king sense of anything fishy, is what sets you apart from the rest of the sheep.
xoxo – Arianna♥