Thursday, August 11, 2005

Mysterious Manifestations...its Matt !

Is it a good idea to let anybody have there say? Just because someone has an opinion does it mean it’s valid? Is to much power in the hands of the masses a good thing? Should the people who shout the loudest be treated any differently to those who tread quietly?

These are all questions that have been popping in and out of my mind over the last few days. Why does everybody think there in a position to offer advice? Or indeed have the right to voice there opinion. If you let the general public have there say they feel that there opinion is valid. And let me say strait away that very occasionally it is. The trouble is that most of the time it’s not, not within a million miles of being remotely correct. Most articles in the Sun come into this category. Lets face it most of the people you can think of who you hear mouthing off are the sort of people who make mass murder look interesting. How do we expect the average man or woman or as previously mentioned mouthy git in the street to have the insight into how to deal with a complex issue? Most people when faced with that kind of situation tend to have a fairly nee jerk reaction. The reaction tends to be based on a gut reaction or as a result of talking to other well informed citizens (not). Ok so where do these clever average Joes get the background to make life or death pronouncements.

Mainly the media and sometimes just a warped sense of right wing hatred. I am willing to bet that everybody who reads this has at some point in the past listened to the news or read a paper about some horridness that has happened and thought right what we need to do is xxx. And xxx was some right wing vengeance fest involving old style eye for an eye stuff. Then when you think about it you start to moderate your thoughts getting somewhere back towards the middle ground. The trouble is that some people and we all know who they are, open there gob and let rip without thinking. It’s only natural and part of the thought process. Just think before you open your trap. The trouble is that with our lets look after everybody, nobody takes responsibility, lets blame every one else culture the powers that be are afraid to lay down the law or stand up to the idiots. The idiots are usually just ill informed nosey people who love to stick there nose into whatever is happening. The media has to shoulder some of the blame as well. I’m not going to judge who is better at giving an unbiased view. In my mind most news gathering services are there to make money for the owners. They do this by being the first on the scene or trying to find a new angle that the competition has not got. The u.s.p or unique selling point is the way that they hook you. If you do not believe me next time a major story breaks look at the way its portrayed in the different papers, tv, radio etc. You would be forgiven for thinking that the story is in fact two or three different ones the spin can be so strong.

So why am I writing this rant about nosey people then. Well just recently I have been able to watch at first hand the way that uninvited and malicious comments can effect people and there life’s. The power of the mob or the gang can be very strong and it is difficult for control to be regained. People who normally are quite quiet can be sucked in. And because society is running scared of the litigious world that has come over from America it will always take the path of least resistance. There are many answers to problems. Some are difficult some are wrong and some are just a sop to pander to the masses. Sometimes people just have to stand up for what they believe in and hope there going to get protection.


Anonymous said...

What a coincidence, this is a subject that I have thought about lately too! My intention is not to offend, but to share my general thoughts on this subject. This is easier to do if you are detached from a situation, and I fully accept that my thoughts would be totally different if I was directly involved. This is not advice, just my humble thoughts, nothing more, nothing less.

Some things only come to light via the gossips, they like to hint at things, or give you just enough info so you can't ignore it.

Sometimes things are said fairly innocently, or without people thinking about the consequences.

Things should be acted on immediately, not stored for use at a later date, or referred back to if they have already reached a conclusion.

Anything should be investigated thoroughly, and not taken at face value.

People should have a chance to defend themselves.

There's no smoke without fire(I was going to leave this one out, but generally speaking it's often true).

Sometimes life is shit! We may disagree, not be able to defend ourselves and just have to accept the situation.

Rise above them(stiff upper lip etc).

Don't seek revenge, move onwards and hopefully upwards.

Lastly, my thought of the day “the past is a foreign country, they do things differently there”.(heard this and really liked it, so thought I would share it with you all)

I bet you are all pleased that I have not been drinking. Enjoyed this blog, lets hope it sparks off a good debate. Gx

mcaretaker said...

Thanks Gina good comments and well thought out. Except the bot about revenge which is a realy great sensation when it works. Patience is a virtue and revenge is a dish best served cold. Actually on a sensible note as my Dad always says "There are always two sides to every story. M

Anonymous said...

Thought I was taking a risk and probably talking bollocks, hey multi tasking again. Gx

Anonymous said...

Wow fantastic blog lots of food for thought - Loved Ginas comments too. I want to say more but hold my tongue lol Lisa xxx