INSTANT MEDIA

So here we go again – riots, burning, tearing things up, all because something was “instantly reported”. I really wonder when the news media is going to get back to being responsible for their actions? What makes things worse, is how fast stuff travels. Something can happen and minutes later it can be all across the country.
When I was a kid we use to play a game. We’d all sit in a circle and pass a story around. When it came back to the first person the story was completely different from what was started. Now just stop and think – what has been going on in this country? It’s not only from the main stream news media, it’s from our leaders as well. Fueling the fires of hate and most people don’t even know what or who they hate. They just hate because someone said to.
Who know where or why it started. I guess it starts with us normal people wanting to know what happens. We have gotten so use to everything being so instantaneous we tend to forget finding the facts takes longer. Because of perceived ideas of people, places, jobs and situations so many people assume the first things heard are the truth – again forgetting who was there and what did they see when the event took place?
What did they see? Put someone in a position, have three or four people form a semi circle around the person. Tell the person in the middle in advance do something. Now ask each person around the semi circle what they saw. Chances are everyone will tell you a slightly different story. Probably a different detail will be added or left out because of the position they were standing when viewing the event. Does this remind you of some of the past events happening around this great land of ours?
It doesn’t help much when something happens and our president jumps in right from the start making statements effecting how people perceive things? Look what happened to the policeman in Ferguson, Missouri. Because of instant messaging, texting, main stream news media not doing its job of checking all the facts before publishing, a good cop’s life was totally ruined. Not only the main stream news media, but our officials chimed in as well. He lost his job, his life, his family was ruined. Businesses were burned down, people were hurt, a whole community was set on fire, literally, racially, a nation was split apart. After the “official” report was out, the cop was found he’d acted correctly, done his job. Yet the damage was done and not many people never really cared or spread the word of who was right or wrong.
When I was a kid and first got my driver’s license my Dad told me, “If you ever get stopped by a cop, the road side is no place to argue. It’s “Yes Sir, or No Sir”. If you got a problem with what happens, that’s why we got courts.” He impressed on me it was my civic duty to obey whatever the policeman/cop told me to do. How many of you out there really know and understand what a cop’s life is all about and exactly what they have to go though?
How many of you know or understand the split second it takes to either kill a person or let them live? How many of you would have the guts to stand on that thin blue line, being the sheep dog protecting the flock from the wolves? I’m not saying every cop is a good cop – everyone is human. What I am trying to get across is we need to get off the instant media thing, let the investigation take its course before we are the judge, jury and executioner. Spreading false information kills people – innocent people, ruin lives destroy someone’s life savings, their work, destroys your neighborhood, community. PEOPLE – STOP AND THINK!
I grew up in the shadow of the cold war. The threat was real. When I was a kid we almost went to war with the U.S.S.R. over the Cuban Missile Crises. Only because of cool heads, getting all the facts before reacting were we able to live in peace. But yet I always remember something “supposedly” said by the then leader of U.S.S.R., : “We will take America without firing a shot…….We will BURY YOU! We can’t expect the American People to jump from Capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of Socialism, until they awaken one day to find that they have Communism. “We do not have to invade the United States, we will destroy you from within.”
Look around people, Nikita Kruschev’s words or not, it seem like it is happening.
PEOPLE LOOK AROUND, LOOK AT YOURSELVES, STOP AND THINK THE NEXT TIME YOU TEXT, MESSGE OR SPREAD WHAT JUST HAPPENED.

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