Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Understanding on a Whole Other Level

Somebody sent me this article http://starbulletin.com/2005/11/15/business/story02.html as an example of their exasperation with how the newspaper editors and headline writers have no idea of what their own reporter has written, and their proclivity for making any news, bad news -- or the opposite of what was actually conveyed.

It’s headlined:

“Economist sees red flags for isle economy
The outlook is strong but housing costs and the tight job market could slow expansion
By Allison Schaefersmailto:aschaefers@starbulletin.com?subject=http://starbulletin.com/2005/11/15/ "

But then the article reveals:

“ECONOMIST Leroy Laney, speaking at First Hawaiian Bank's annual business outlook forum yesterday, forecast a positive future for the state, and said economic indicators are still strong.

A construction boom is continuing to change the face of the islands as lower interest rates have made building more affordable. Real estate values are rising. Businesses are creating jobs, people are getting hired and they're buying homes and cars.

"After emerging from the doldrums of the 1990s, Hawaii in 2005 is in its ninth year of economic expansion," Laney said. "Things continue to look upbeat for 2006 as well." "

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There's no end to bad news, if that's all that one wants to see -- and will undoubtedly see it in any information and development. But far more troubling is this predisposition in the mainstream media to mold our thinking into believing that what is not true, is happening, through the manipulation of our perceptions, such as this.

A positive person or even a fair-minded person would have entitled the article, "The Future Looks Bright," and let the problems develop and solve themselves without editorial prejudice about the dismal prospects for civilization they want to propagate in every article.

That's why people are turning off and tuning out the mainstream media; they have no future to offer but doom and gloom, divisiveness and contentiousness. Who wants to sign up for that?

There's a brave new world taking shape as we live our lives -- but we have to open our eyes to see it.

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At November 16, 2005 12:02 PM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

I have written to the executive editors pointing out that they should not have their least educated, most demagogic, biased, and dysfunctional people acting as gatekeepers for their organizations, manipulating the letters to the editor and inciting hated against the most successful members of our society, especially and including the President of the United Staes.

 
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