We are flooded with images day in and day out by media outlets and movie sets. It’s hard to know what is real and what is fabricated. Many of us choose to either turn off the news, or rely on the information presented to us on the internet as ‘the facts’, but are they? With the technology available today in computer-generated images, it is possible for nearly anything to be ‘made up.’ So, the question must be asked – is much of the media you see faked?
I am a journalist, equipped with all kinds of tools and ‘back end’ knowledge of the internet and how it works. I can tell what words people are looking for and choose to write on topics that are ‘hot’ just to generate interest and ‘hits’ on my articles. Looking at pages like Google News, anyone can see the categories and topics which are ‘trending’ in any given day. Most of the articles you find from various news outlets use these key words to write articles and ‘keep up with the trends’, but where do these key words come from?
This is the question I am dying to know. I look at key words like ‘measles’, ‘west Nile virus’, ‘ovarian cancer’ and ‘Alzheimer’s’ and I think to myself – I don’t want to write about any of these things…why are the still trending? I mean, literally, sometimes a word group such as these will remain the ‘hot’ topic for days on end. If I click on the articles which are associated with the key words, I can almost read the exact same study and article multiple times from all the top news sites – USA Today, New York Times, Fox News, The Huffington Post and more. Sometimes even some of our writers from the Guardian Express pick up one of these topics and write about it, because it is the best way to attract viewers. I have been guilty of this as well.
The truth is, I want to write about real issues, real topics that people want to know about today. Conversations on Twitter and Facebook are much more ‘real time’ and offer insights into the minds and hearts of the public as to what is really going on. The thing we have to be careful is of those ‘repetitive news stories’ that keep getting re-written, passed around and regurgitated without thinking.
This video clip is something I came across on Facebook and thought it deserved a larger audience. As a reporter I know that much of what he is saying is right on. What if the veil can be lifted just a bit – to see what is ‘really going on’ in the news. Is much of the media you see faked? Let’s take a look:
What do you think?
I am a journalist who is dedicated, even now more than ever, to speaking about the issues of NOW. I want to know what you are thinking about in this moment and what subjects interest you? I want to write about cutting edge material, not things which have been said a million times by hundreds and thousands of others. I don’t want to repeat ‘dead information’, I only want to speak the live truth – truth that is happening now in the hearts of humanity. I don’t care about what the celebrities did or what clothes they are or are not wearing today. I choose to muse intelligently about topics that are important for our collective evolution.
Can you help me with this?
At the bottom of this article, next to my name is my Facebook link. I encourage you to go there and send me your ideas. What do you want to know about? What is real to you – today? I will do my best to write on the topics that are of interest to my readers. Because whether or not much of the media you see is faked, I don’t want to contribute to information based in fear, suffering and dis-empowerment. I want to continue to promote life, authentic expression and truth.
May the written word only be a beautiful reflection of the eternal being residing behind it. May it inspire and uplift.
Written by: Stasia Bliss – Facebook