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So society has basically burned to the ground since I posted here regularly. One thing I see a lot is older people sure they know 'the truth' based on something they saw on YouTube. Certainly news sources seem a lot more partisan to me than they used to be and it's hard to find unbiased news as opposed to seeking out world events filtered through either side of politics.
So, where do you get your news? Or are you just hiding under a rock waiting for the storm to pass?
I quit watching the news a few years ago. In order to do that I have to be ok with not being up on current events. In my situation I can be, and nobody knows I don't know what's going on. This keeps me at least not fretting about that. I have enough to be concerned with without the cares of the world.
even less watch the news talk/analysis shows because those are all about ratings rather than truth, don't wanna soapbox it but how often have these 'wise' analysts been wrong about the Don, brexit, China... wrong far more often than right even to the point of embellishing untruths? Farking clueless the lot of them. (Line them up next toin front of (save bullets) the movie critics - another waste of skin that lot are.)
Scores of years ago I started listening to SW news - every country had an English service.
That's where I heard so many versions of the same story - and watched as stores evolved (not the event, but how it was spun) as each weasel nation tried to look blameless.
In a sense, part of what you speak of is business-as-usual.
What's changed is the availability of a means for anybody to be heard by scillions (perhaps zillions) of people. Post what you want - it may be looked at; adopted; repeated; embellished.
One thing that's become apparent - the democratization of a having a world-wide voice isn't necessarily a good thing. Not, at least, if it's available to everyone - the same people we call 'users" don't suddenly develop brains in how they operate
'news' - it's interesting what passes for 'news' these days .. most Aus TV channels at the moment think its
a) anything to do with the upcoming election
b) anything to do with Royals, MAFS, Kardashians
my 2c, c) none of the above (and YouTube would be the LAST source of 'truth')
Yeah, I don't even watch news much any more. I generally hear if Channel 7 does something particularly racist but otherwise, I don't pay attention. I do keep tabs on the political parties we have now (Anning is recruiting members, there's a ton of other fringe lunatic parties appearing), so I know about things like the recent flap over solar cars, but I don't watch any actual news source.
The paper here is awful. I read The Guardian online. The local paper has a subscription model now, and I respect their right to try to stay profitable, but they publish nothing I'd be willing to pay to read....
Most local papers are really not that good (mine included). I think of my subscription as a donation trying to save an endangered species. They are most likely doomed, but it's a worthy cause nevertheless.
This is the one publication (I refuse to call it a 'newspaper') I wouldn't touch with the proverbial barge pole. They make CNN and the BBC look positively unbiased. Their writers are progressive-left-wing liberals who look at every problem through the prism of identity politics.
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