YOU Are The Product

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Reading through my Facebook feed – every day it is the same thing; People arguing over news stories – almost all of which have a hard slant to the right or the left. The stories have served their purpose in continuing and widening the divide in our country. Interestingly, almost all of these stories, if properly vetted fall closer to the middle of the road politically.

Nobody wants to hear the other side of the story. Nobody wants to take the time to read past the first few lines before jumping to conclusions. Nobody wants to make an effort to actually find out if there happens to be another side to the story. If a story supports their pre-conceptions, they just run with it; they accept it as truth; Plain and simple. And if anyone disagrees, they are obviously an ignorant, illiterate, ill-informed moron.

And so, the fighting continues. The hatred grows and spreads. Why? Because it is no longer actual NEWS delivered by someone like Walter Cronkite – when it was just the news, no spin, where it was up to YOU to make decisions about how you felt. Today it is story telling; stories that are written in such a way as to shape your thoughts and feelings. When you get right down to it, in all actuality it is not news at all, it is merely psychological programming.

With television ‘news’ outlets, it is a foregone conclusion that you will receive prebuilt stories that are distributed amongst the talking heads from coast to coast. Turn it off. It is poison. Hell, even the written ‘news’ has undergone severe assimilation. In order to find an inkling of truth, you have to scour the Internet to find several versions of the same story from multiple outlets by different writers in hopes of getting the entire story.

Staunch Liberals, staunch Conservatives, and staunch “Insert Political Leaning Here” – all arguing over incomplete situational assessments. This is what drives corporate news. The more you argue, the more you hate, the more they gain. It is only about market share and YOU are the product; your viewership being sold to advertisers.

Stop fighting. Take yourself off the shelf and find the truth for yourself.

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