Yeah, yeah, there's no getting around talking about the election to some degree, although to be honest, there's not much left to talk about. Everybody either was already, or is now a media critic, and if they're not, they're getting appropriately criticized for it. Maybe, if, there's any silver lining-, oh fuck, there's no silver lining to anything going on, okay, none! That said, if this is what it takes to get the media to actually be the media, then fine. It should've been a long time ago and frankly, now that there's so much viral media that's overflowing our Facebook pages, too much of being complete crap, and worst too many people believing it, I think the only thought that I've continued to go back to long after every abnormal insanity has happened since, that nobody else that I can find has looked back on is a simple question of "How did we get here?"
Like, how did our media, end up like this? Why? Why are we in such a swirl of, facts and opinions being confused and retweeted for each other. Where did we go wrong, how did we get here, and other questions that sound like they should be in a Talking Heads song.
Well, if we go back far enough, there's one thing that keeps across my mind, that strangely I haven't seen brought up anywhere and that's the possibility of bringing back the Fairness Doctrine.
For those, who aren't aware, the Fairness Doctrine was enacted in 1949, and it required broadcasters devote airtime to presenting controversial issues that pertain to the public interest, as well as to air contrasting views on those matters. Now, the misconception is that the FCC Rule required that facts be reported, it doesn't, it doesn't even require that equal time be given to the controversial subjects, It was repealed in '87 by President Reagan. Since then, that's what led to the increase in more bias news organizations, stations and in particular, the rise of talk radio. Now, there's even more of a divide and everybody's stuck in their own bubble, and some of those bubbles are so far off from reality...- (Sigh)
Look, I don't quite know the answer, regarding the Fairness Doctrine, and even if it was reinstated, how would it be adopted to modern technology. The FCC doesn't oversee blogs and websites and to be honest, they shouldn't. Should they? I mean, if they're putting themselves out there as a news site and a news source, then maybe.... I don't promote myself as a news site, it says so in the title, My Views and My Reviews, this law wouldn't effect me, and it's not biasness either that's the problem, even neutrality itself is a bias perspective, but when the news and fact themselves get sideswiped by the fringe in order to create an alternative reality, then maybe it shouldn't be left for everybody to simply make the correct choice. I mean, that's why we have laws, 'cause there are choices people and institution make that are against the public interest. All laws are made because of that. The reason murder is illegal is because if it wasn't too many people would be killing and getting killed, and besides would we do during wars if that's being done normally. It's also proven the other way, you take a standard law and suddenly make it legal, the people who would most benefit from doing that former law, they start doing it. That's basically what's happened every single time there's been a repeal of government oversight, especially when it's corporate oversight, immediately those corporations began making these newly legal processes apart of their overall money-making stream. Don't misunderstand this either, the was specifically repealed in order to eventually create something like a Fox News and to exacerbate the growing right-wing dominance in talk radio, it's not coincidental and you could claim that, yeah, but they also helped create MSNBC or The Young Turks, but then again, those organizations are also reactionary responses to the far right-wing media, who at that time, complained furiously, incorrectly that the mainstream media was overly left-winged,.... (Sigh)
Look, I'm certainly not saying it must be enacted or that the government should get involved in regulating or owning the media, but now that, somebody in their basements can create a website, make it look legitimate enough to confuse some people who don't closely enough and perpetuate a lot of fake and/or misleading news stories, not to mention the growing industry of outside countries hacking the country and trying to overthrow the American government from afar...- I think it's at least time to consider bringing back the Fairness Doctrine, or at least some modernize form of it, if not to regulate but to at least combat the media creating industry. Now, again, I don't know if we should bring it back, or even if it's possible to enact if we do, or for that matter, if we need to limit it to the FCC, or creating a new governing agency for online/alternative media, or all of the troubling things that that possibility might mean or entail, and how to regulate that kind agency from becoming too powerful, and... like I said, I think it needs to be discussed and considered at least. It will certainly not happen anytime soon, but if there's one discussion that should be explored considering the media and they're reaction/coverage of this presidential election, this is it.