Is the News Too Complicated?

While breaking down an Amazon corrugated box to haul to the recycle bin, a thought hit me like a ton of bricks. I cut a piece of it into enough inches to just cover the bottom of my sixty-inch television screen enabling it to hide any news banners that may be displayed during a program, and discovered that I really had to use more ingenuity then usual just to be able to enjoy the normal take-a-way from watching a news program. Only a few of us have noticed that broadcast news banners act as a traffic cop directing viewers to stop, turn left, continue, now turn right, moving viewers along a highway of thinking toward a conclusion not of their gathering, but of the program conductors. Why was this discovery so important? It is thought, viewers must be directed, guided if you will, in understanding the news, the anchor will make a verbal assessment followed by the text assessment of same on the bottom of the screen to be read, with the viewer thinking how smart they are, when their smarts had nothing to do with them understanding the information, just being able to follow the bouncing ball as displayed in the assessment of both the verbal and news banners. Here’s where I suggest you run a test on your own, watch any cable news program, watch as the subject being reported is displayed for you as a banner on the screen, its as if upon listening you are not able to determine the subject under discussion, must be told again and again, that the subject is roses, not anything else you may come up with… just in case you should lose your place… the subject is roses…

I Saw Nothing

How far are we from being told of the witnessing of a miss carriage of justice, of a hideous crime committed in an immigrant community, with no one willing to step forward in the name of justice, for fear of exposing themselves because they are illegal? Very close, very close indeed… Let us hope that the victim is not you, a native-born citizen, trying to make a truck delivery of goods in some immigrant community… isolated as if in some foreign land, just thirty minutes from your home…

What’s the Purpose of a News Crawl, Besides an Annoyance

This afternoon I turned on my cable box, scanned seven channels, on each was the live report of the White House doctor, Ronny Jackson announcing that this American President was medically fit to serve, on each of the seven channels a news crawl ran at the bottom of the screen; each time I see one, I must ask why? Did a gaggle of viewers write those channel networks begging for one? Or did some hot-shot marketing executive take it upon self to include one, then all the others just followed in suit, you see, television is one of the most “me to” industries if there ever was one, “monkey see, monkey do”. If anyone was seriously interested in this medical report, would not opt to have it mired by hundreds of other stories on the screen at the same time, all soliciting for attention, I’m sure the good doctor would not want to share the stage with those other stories either. Does anyone really read the content of a news crawl? Which seem to this blogger that they are only placed on the screen to compete with what ever else is on the screen, serving both with less of the attention they deserve and by inclusion serving exclusion of both to some extent.

EYE Immigrant

I have no idea whether its true or not, but it’s so often reported as to have gain some validity, that shelter dogs make the best pets by simply coming from such a deprived existence that a warm and loving environment with plenty of food is appreciated to the extreme. I contend that the same may be true of those immigrants coming from some third world countries, where even a minimal education for boys can cost a year worth of wages and may be even nonexistent for girls at any price. I further submit that for an immigrant after arriving in the U.S., to drop out of school is unheard of as it is common for some native born. As for those immigrants coming from a first world nation, after learning the language and culture can become a success too, but it’s the third world immigrants that have that uncompromising savage will to succeed with less and will most often do so. I relish the story of one immigrant family that opened a fruit store with one banana and peach, by staying open 24/7, employing the entire family from the youngest to the oldest, built it into the largest in an area. I would be faulting in my recollection, if I did not mention that the same opportunities are available to all, they are, but it’s that driving hunger to succeed, forged by the immigrant experience, that gives them that added addition, that difference that has made America, a nation of immigrants, for immigrants, that America that is sought the world over because of its built-in ideals, from the rich and poor alike, that when they appear at the door step, they must be let in, it’s well known, that this America without its fresh crop of immigrants, like a vine without leaves, producing no fruit on the vine will soon wilt and die…

Taught Too Soon

Although I could not find the direct quote, I did search for it, I remember Maya Angelo stating after she read her poem, On the Pulse of Morning at the first President Clinton inauguration, her concern of what school children must be thinking as they would be made to study it as a presidential historical event. Was it too long, and of some the images she painted. Which has led me to wondering what present school children must be thinking of certain words and phrases now used in this current presidential setting that they should have only become aware of much later in life, seemly having had their innocents of pure thoughts ripped from their youthful minds into the hard-uncompromising themes of adult life. I reference some slang words that should, if ever learned are from the gutter, that are now taught in the classroom, simply because this American President mentioned and played havoc with them that are now widely reported in the news.

Can You Repeat That?

MSNBC’s Boston born Lawrence O’Donnell, recently confessed to almost daily while on the air having to suppress his Boston accent, which is just one of the many regional accents that can be heard in America, from southern, to western, to that Long Island sound. When listening to network television news it may be thought to be totally void of any accents, if so, you would be wrong, a British accent has always been pleasurable to the American ear, and is very much allowed, in fact during the 1960’s a secretary with one could command a higher salary, it was then thought to project a more proper high-end image of a firm. However, what was once true, is no longer true, after the devastation on the Island of Puerto Rico after a hurricane, more and more Hispanic accents can now be heard reporting on the aftermath conditions on the Island, seemly giving their reports, I guess, some added authenticity. Which may lead someday to be heard after a southern U.S. disaster, “As y’all can plainly see” …

Now?

I’ve written several posts to display today, however, after hearing this American President’s repugnant remarks, they all seem quite inadequate and will greatly miss their mark, so, I’ve abandoned them to give more space to other bloggers in this urgent need of some clarity and intelligent forethought… My lords, ladies and gentlemen, please deliver us…