Sunday, 26 August 2007


"I read the news today, oh boy" The Beatles

Cooper over at Wonderland Or Not has written a very precise and inspiring piece regarding how bloggers have the opportunity to drive social awareness away from the irrelevant mass-market social drivel that now poses as "the News" and bring to the fore matters that are actually worthy of receiving attention. In her post, Cooper highlights the Jena 6 case - a shocking and horrific case of 6 black teenagers facing death sentences after being caught up in a fight that ensued after they arranged a peaceful protest for the right to sit under a tree. They wanted to sit under a tree for fuck's sake.

Now, in comparison, let's see what the reliable commercial media is bringing to our attention:

In amongst all the fluff and stuff there are a couple of worthy mentions that are provided some lip-service, but you have to dig past the local footy, Ray Martin (who?? I hear the rest of the world say), Amy Winehouse (who?? I say), 100 years of bras, and a NASA sex romp to find them.

Fortunately, some sources of news are fairly reliable when it comes to delivering the goods. Let's see what SBS, a broadcaster that's not owned by a corporation, is currently providing:

So rather than focusing on the comings and goings of individuals who have no real impact on our lives, SBS is focusing on the relevant, influencing stories. What a novel concept.

If you are a blogger and you truly are dedicated to implementing change through your words, then please, please, please stop being a collaborator of the insanity and start talking about the real issues in your life and this world.

.....ok, there is the Koala sex lesson story on SBS, but hey, you try reading the following quote and not chuckling:

"Chumbee hasn't stopped since he got here," said Schoenbrunn Zoo manager Helmut Pechlaner.
"It has been almost non-stop sex in the koala enclosure ever since, and now even our own male is joining in."
Zoo vet Hanna Vielgrader said Chumbee was unstoppable.
"The only break is to eat or sleep, other than that there's no stopping them," she said.

Songs played while writing this entry:
"Days Go By" Dirty Vegas
"Wish You Well" Bernard Fanning
"Are You There" Josh Winx
"Rave Africa" Tomahawk
"The Chain" Breeder
"Chump" Green Day
"Fatman" The Shamen
"Immortality" Pearl Jam
"Here I Come" CJD Project
"Skaing The Wild Controller" Tristan
"Poison" The Prodigy


paisley said...

hi... its whypaisley from the ink pot... thank you so much for linking... i appreciate your vote of confidence... i love that blog... and somehow it just doesn't get the exposure some of my other blogs do... but never fear... when they do find it the archives will be chock full of excellent thought provoking photo and verse...

and an occasional submission from a reader...

thanks again!!!!

Imaginif Child Protection became Serious Business said...

Do you remember when those two whales became ice trapped in Alaska? While the world watched in horror, two Inuit children burned to death in their make shift home while their parents were helping to free the whales.
The plight of the whales was dreadful. The plight of those two small children was unforgivable. The plight of the world audience sucking up condoned media propaganda sickened me.
To this day, I cannot stand to hear, "Have a whale of a time."

flametree said...

Paisley - my pleasure. I find ink pot so simple and from the soul that it's a pleasure to visit. I hope some of my (ir)regular readers find their way there so they can experience that special something that you create. (It's also a small way of thanking you for being a regular - thanks!:)

imaginif - I've always thought that the mass media has a lot to answer for, you've just added another crime to list. If the commercial media had bothered picking up on the story, I have no doubt they would have milked the human tragedy aspect for all of 20 seconds, then moved onto the latest Aussie Idol(t) to release a new single.

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