20th September 2001
(Photo shows a Muslim prayer and memorial service at the islamic
Centre of Southern California for the victims of 11 September
Terrorist attack) Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts
absolutely. CNN toward absolute end of scale in its heightening
of hatred and promotion of war.
All around the world we are subjected to a handfull of huge
news distributors, and one of them is CNN. Every TV watcher,
and that is just about everybody in the `market economies',
has been in the last week subject to many images and verbal
instruction from this company and much of what we saw and
heard is poisonous to personal and social health. Manipulation
of visual and verbal images is also something done by the
BBC, however it seems to me that CNN's credibility for taking
care over its news and attempts at objectivity are both rated
near 1 in a 1 to 10 scale, where 1 is a childlike inflation
of ego and its deification and 10 is ego-detachment.
particular, one set of images is proving, unsurprisingly,
to be hyper-inflammatory and dangerous, the Palestinians presented
as celebrating the NY terrorist attack, out on the streets,
eating some cake and making funny faces for the camera. There
is evidence in an (M·rcio A. V. Carvalho, State University
of Campinas - Brazil, per IndyMedia article that those images were shot in 1991, images of Palestinians
celebrating the invasion of Kuwait. Even if they were actual
and real, I believe that CNN's agenda in showing them is selfish
in the extreme and doesn't do humanity a service in this pivotal
huge news corporates have arguably more power than governments.
They virtually are governments, witness the predictions way
ahead of facts, of the 2000 US Presidential election winner
by CNN, NBC, etc. But unlike governments they don't ever have
to answer to any semblance of people's higher will, they simply
pander to people's base reptilian-brain fears and desires.
It is my contention that humanity has to move out of reptilian
thinking to a higher consciousness, or we'll be crushed by
the fall of the corporate dinosaurs, something turned from
image to reality last Tuesday US time.
is the biggest media reptile, and the most dangerous, but
its not alone in its un-enlightened approach to the most lucrative
`product' of our age, information. With power comes responsibility
and if that responsibility is not taken for the good of humainity
then the power must be taken away... by the only social body
left capable of representing group interests, elected governments....