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.
Posted by piddy77 at 2:08 PM