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I know I don’t normally blog on… Sundays. But holy shit, I couldn’t pass this one up.

Heath Care Reform Bill Passes in House of Representatives

After a daylong clash with Republicans over what has been a Democratic goal for decades, lawmakers voted 220 to 215 to approve a plan that would cost $1.1 trillion over 10 years.

My soul, it cries for the destruction of all things good and right about social reform.

1.1 trillion dollars over 10 years. That’s nearly 1/13th of our US Economy (our TOTAL GDP). 1,100,000,000,000 dollars wasted on health care reform which will act more as a burden and a deficit to the US economy than any blessing. 1,100,000,000,000 dollars that will be spent on regulating private health care companies, fueling a wasteful public option and slowly depleting our choices as consumers to decide where our money should go.

During a time where economic stability is nearing the levels of the 1980 recession/stagflation, we really should be spending more of our resources and efforts into FIXING one problem instead of creating more problems with social reform.

And most of the money won’t even go to changing health care! It’ll be spent developing and creating a poorly designed public option (business). It’ll be spent funding and fining other corporations that don’t match the “standards” (it’s inconsequential that the public option will essentially NEVER be regulated, giving it an unfair advantage to any other private option). And how will this type of health care be fueled?

Taxing health care corporations (until they most likely go out of businesses, since they’re competing with a public option that the government wants to succeed). Taxing people who don’t want health care, taking away money from the economy to fuel the poor health care plan. Taxing all US citizens to fuel a health care reform system that is headed by the Health Choices Commissioner, who’s a government official with a natural inclination to the government-organized public option to health care.

Our last memorable social reform, if anyone cares to wonder, was Social Security in 1935 (fueled by a Democratic Congress and a Democratic President during an economically failing time). Now, 5 adults pay for every senior citizen on social security. By the time I get to collect social security, the system would have crashed in on itself, or the age I’ll have to be is something near 120.

I am not saying that health care reform is useless and terrible. I do support some social reform. Well planned, well organized, FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE and free-market-aware reform. Reform that doesn’t turn into disasters 60 years down the road. Reform that doesn’t need to be reformed again. Reform that can be easily understood by the US people, that isn’t riddled with ways for the government to take money (forcing people to pay a fine for not taking health care is ridiculous).

Social reform can be good. But frivolous spending of money we don’t have?

I hope the Senate has a better head on their shoulders than their moronic and idealistic House counterpart.

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Hello out there! Again, apologies for not posting often. I have been in a crazy rush to get everything done before I go back up to my college. I’m really excited for this upcoming year, since I’ll be taking a US Government course, and my first real communications course (journalism woohoo). It’s going to be a good year (I hope), so I’m pumped!

I also discovered I’ll be living in a single, which always makes things a little nice. I don’t have to worry about waking my roommate up, or making a mess, or forgetting to buy the milk. It’s all on me, and I kinda like it that way.

Plus, more space to do cosplay stuff.

In any case, the topic of this post is something close to my heart and a little longer (I think) than what I normally write. Enjoy.

Currently Listening For: my train to stop at my station.
Currently Reading: The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe
Currently Drinking: Pepsi
Currently Playing: Nothing
Currently Watching : Pandora Hearts, 30 Rock, Boston Legal

It is common knowedge that I am madly addicted to my blackberry. So it should not come as a surprise that my mp3 player is on my blackberry (as are my blog posts, stories, phone books and other works). Recently, however, my blackberry curve decided to commit suicide (I do not feed it often, but abuse the poor thing daily). Because of this, I’ve resorted to using my as-reliable,-but can’t-hold-a-micro-sd blackberry (an 8700), which cannot play music because it is incapable of holding memory. This has left me to options on how to entertain myself while en route to work.

The first is my nintendo ds, which is not charged. My other option, therefore, is to read. Today, I decided to read several short stories from one of my favorite short story authors (surprise, he’s American!), Edgar Allen Poe. And here is where we jump to the topic of today.

Journalism.

Or, in a broader scope, “the media.”

Edgar Allen Poe wrote a short story entitled “How to write a Blackwood article” about a person who learns how to write a Blackwood article. In the short story, the narrator essentially says that everyone dreams of writing a Blackwood article because they are highly regarded. However, she learns that these articles are full of fluff and roundabout messages that mean nothing. In fact, her teacher encourages her to use big, meaningless words to sound important and to relate everything to existentalism or something philosophical.

This got me thinking (doi) about my media. And, thus, my result:

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I am always extremly bothered when someone complains about how the media is some secret government way of spreading filtered news to the sheeple of America (the man, they’re after us… man). For one, the government is not secretly oppressing us or putting us down. And for two, not every damn piece of America is a conspiracy theory. Odd things happen. That’s why they’re odd.

The more common complaint, however, is that the media will often put a spin on their information (politics), or that the media will sensationalize and drag out worthless news (tabloids, ect). And I agree, they do. But it’s not because they’re hell-bent on brainwashing us.

It’s because we want it.

Let me elaborate. Gathering news is expensive. There is travel cost, communication costs, sending it out, putting it together, and making it known to the public. This cost money, which comes from the public who watches. Therefore, it’s in the news best interest to publish or show what the majority of the public wants.

A clear example is the Michael Jackson stuff (honestly, I bank a lot of the tabloid stuff in a similar category, but this example is recent). I’ve heard plenty of people complain about how it’s drawn out, and milked to death. But, many of those people still research about him, and read articles about him and TALK about him. Even if it’s a disgruntled “I can’t believe he’s still famous,” it’s still TALKING about him. When you talk to other people, then you have to link to it anyway to explain yourself, thus giving attention to it.

This goes for a lot of celebrity news or reality TV shows. A lot of it attribute it to the media milking out news and trying the pull the most, but a lot of it comes from people who still want it (and, thus, demand it).

News broadcastings are also sensationalized in political talk. Look at Rachel Maddon, Glen Beck and other “pundits’ of politics. All of them use tactics to engage the viewer to watch more, like having crazy visual examples, and inviting guests for the purpose of harassing him/her, rather than asking meaningful questions.

But, of course, this is highly more entertaining than actually getting the news. A ton of people bitched and talked and complained about the senate meetings, address of the president and other things, but no one really takes the time to sit down and watch it. And, damn, these hearings and such ARE readily accessible to the public. The government does not hide this (unless broadcasting it live still means they’re hidden).

In any case, the bigger complaints about news in politics (that have recently delved into other news topics) is about how news reports are politically charged and, therefore, provide inadequate news reporting.

And, again, I say it is because this is what we want. There is a reason why MSNBC and Fox News are two of the biggest news broadcasting shows in America. Sensation and exaggeration will bring ratings, which is how these companies do so well. You laugh, because *insert ridiculous news cast here* is just too plum stupid to be seen as credible, but it’s quite an insight to what kinds of people watch what. And there are so many options, there’s bound to be one that fits your political viewpoints and interests.

And if you ARE that against a particular newscast, I’d file it under “political intolerance” moreso than a newscast being biased.

But really, what it boils down to is “if you don’t like it, don’t read/watch it.” And if you want an unbiased opinion, check out BBC. Do your own research. Nothing good in life is free. What makes the news any different?

Another complaint-on-a-complaint about how news reports are politically charged is that a newscast should not “mix opinion and fact to influence the reader.” What this says to me is that the complainer cannot distinguish between a fact and an opinion because he/she has not been taught (and/or did not pay attention in elementary school), or the viewer is simply too LAZY to know what an opinion is. It is NOT that difficult.

The one problem I have with newscasting is when the news outright lies. For example, saying this is the highest unemployment rate in the last 50 years (which it’s not). And even then, I do the research to know that they’re wrong. The public should be activly engaging in watching the news, rather than simply viewing it, and then blaming it for silly things that can be easily avoided with a little thinking.

On a semi-related note, the Republican news reports arn’t the only side that are responsible for adding opinion to news. The Democrats, for example, were over-sensationalizing the phrase “death panel” and talk about what the almighty President Obama is eating for breakfast (this is an obvious exaggeration, for all you nitpickers). And there are tons of resources that are Democrat-inclined. Reddit, for example, is very democratic, even though they claim to be unbiased because it “comes from the net” (Freedom From the Press my ass).

The news is news. When something NEW comes out, everyone’s going to have an opinion on something. What makes these newscasters and journalist any different? In the end, they’re still human. And as much as they (we?) don’t want to add our opinions to our work, it will happen. Everyone does it in every day life. Journalism just happens to be in the business of topics everyone has an opinion on.

Tl, dr: don’t bitch on the messanger cause he has his own opinion.

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Eh. Just keep reading. Nothing special to talk about today. OH, I did upload those cosplay pictures in the cosplay section of mint cafe, so feel free to look at them (and my other previous costumes).

Currently Listening To: Whatever is on the Starbucks speakers at the moment.
Currently Eating: Nothing
Currently Drinking: Green Tea Lemonade
Currently Playing: Final Fantasy Tactics A2 (finished the game, but didn’t max out characters)
Currently Working On: CKI Stuff
Current Mood: Calm / Relaxed
Picture of the day

I was in Barnes and Nobles today (in fact, I’m in Starbucks now, doing the writer thing and buying a cup of green tea lemonade while I blog), when I decided to go through the children’s section. This is something I do often at libraries and bookstores, because I like to see what kind of variety these bookstores/libraries have for children, and because picture books / children books hold a special place in my heart. I feel that, as adults, we can learn as much from children’s books as we can as kids, and it’s definitely worth a second glance when you’re 10 or 20 years older.

So, after flipping through some classic children’s books, I came to the decision that I would do my very best to encourage friends, family and readers of this blog to go to a local library or bookstore and pick up a children’s book to read. They’re very short and grammatically easy, but are filled with everything good in a book. And besides, we often forget as adults that we were children many years ago, and it is always wonderful to go back and read long-forgotten books. After all, we’re all children on the inside (or so I like to think… maybe some of us are still children on the outside :P).

If you are never going to pick up a children’s book every again (doubtful as that may be), please just do so this week. My original thought was to have a book per day, but there are so many books from a variety of authors, that it would take me at least half a year of daily blogging to satisfy me. And, as wonderful as that would be, there are plenty of other things I want to complain about (Economics, women, political science, men, history, hair, computer science, gaming, ect), so I decided to spend a day on a particular artists. On the last day, I’ll probably have a longer post to fill in multiple misc books from various authors that have yet to be named.

These are not books that you should or have to read, by any means, so a name like that would not be fitting. Instead, I have come up with the name you will now see below:

Books that Mint would very much like you to read.

By Jo aka Mint

NOTE: I am not a teacher, author, professional writer, librarian or otherwise. I am just a very big fan of children’s books, whether I read them to myself, read them to others or have them read to me. Also, I’m limiting all authors/illustrators to the “Picture Book/Children Book” genre (aka: no chapter books, if that wasn’t obvious already)

Day 1 – Chris Van Allsburg

Van Allsburg has been, is, and probably will always be my favorite children’s book author/illustrator because of his beautiful artwork and interesting stories. I first discovered him in my 4th grade class, when we all read Jumanji (that’s right, Van Allsburg wrote the story), and rediscovered him in my 5th grade class, when I chose him as the concentration of my very first “Author Study.” I think my teacher did a double take when I chose the author, because the majority of my class had chosen other, more “well-known” authors, whereas Van Allsburg was not as “famous.”

In any case, Chris Van Allsburg is very big for having stories that are very “out of the ordinary.” His books always include an element of either magic or dreams (or both), and the main character often “discovers” something, or “learns” something through his or her experience through the magic that has been thrusted upon them in these books. For example, in The Garden of Abdul Gasazi, the main character must find a dog that has ran away. While searching, the main character realizes he must trespass/enter a magician’s home and, through his adventuring, the main character learns more about the existence of magic than he has ever hoped to.

One of my favorite parts of Chris Van Allsburg’s books is that I am always discovering, realizing or learning SOMETHING whenever I re-read his books. I have a completely different interpretation, or I pick up on some of his humor, which I would not have otherwise noticed. For example, I did not understand irony in 5th grade the way I do now, and reading his book The Sweetest Fig a second time definitely opened me up to the more complex side of Van Allsburg’s books.

Two of my favorite books from Chris Van Allsburg are The Widow’s Broom, which is about a widow who comes to possess a witch’s broom that is no longer able to fly but still has magic properties, and The Sweetest Fig, which is about an uptight dentist who discovers a fig that turns his dreams into reality (his sleep-dreams, not his aspiration-dreams). However, he has a variety of books, many of which have reached mainstream popularity in some way, shape or form. Below are some examples:

Jumanji – adapted into a movie (with Robin Williams and all)
The Polar Express – adapted into an animated movie
Zathura – adapted into a movie
The Stranger
The Wretched Stone (This is also a really great story, WITH MONKIES)
The Sweetest Fig – My Favorite
The Witch’s BroomKawarazu‘s Favorite
The Z was Zapped (an interesting visual interpretation of the alphabet)

For a full list of books that Chis Van Allsburg has written, visit his site at chrisvanallsburg.com (yea, real surprising domain). His books can be found in most to all libraries in a variety of amounts (in the Barnes and Nobles in Forest Hills, NY, there is only one book, but I know that the Flushing Library and Chatham Square Library both have most of his books).

😀 Happy Reading!

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Okay, this has been something that consistently has been bugging me for the past couple of days. WOMEN (and I put women in caps because it is not to be corrected into “people”) have been continually correcting other people (or me) when I make a generalize statement such as “women do this,” or “women are just like that.” And, in most to all cases, it is a woman who is changing it by quoting as the following:

people are just like that.”
😀 Fixed!

It is NOT fixing the fucking sentence. It is absolutely changing what the person is trying to say, and no matter how many time these damn WOMEN want to change it, it doesn’t change the fact that it CAN BE and USUALLY IS something that WOMEN do that MEN may not do as often.

It’s the equivalent of a woman shaking her head and saying “men,” and having a man behind her shout “PEOPLE, NOT MEN!” It’s just aggravating, downright insulting and, in no way, helps the situation/discussion at hand. And damn, the same women who do this (shake their heads and say “men”) are the same fucking women who go ahead and correct EVERY god damn sentence in EVERY thread that says “women are…” and I’m done with WOMEN thinking that’s clever. It’s not. It’s rude and does not contribute to discussion.

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Otakon 2009

Hey everyone! I have slowly been getting back into blogging. I’m so sorry for not posting as often as I should be. I’ve been quite busy with cosplay, work, Circle K and other stuff. I did make a review (kind of?) about Otakon, and I have various more blog posts saved, which will be slowly (but surely) coming out more and more often.

Besides this, nothing much has been going on. I turned 19 (hurrah), and got a lot of great stuff. And, at Otakon, I got tons (tons) of prints and a very nice red yukata I will show of… eventually. =] Pictures of me @ Otakon will be up, er, eventually. I promise.

Currently Listening To: I Miss You (Blink 182)
Currently Drinking: Sprite
Currently Playing: Final Fantasy Tactics Advanced 2
Currently Watching: Mushi-shi (again)
Currently Reading: Nothing
Current Mood: Whoo, Post-Con Exaustion

So this weekend, I attended Otakon 2009, the second largest anime convention in the United States (the largest on the East coast). It was a good convention (save the few disappointing panels we ran across), and was an overall enjoyable experience. For Otakon, it was slightly under par as opposed to its previous years, but I anticipated it (due to lack of money and other things), but was still a very successful con.

The main disappointing key was in the cosplay department. The “amazing” cosplays were few and far in between, and many of them were repeats of last year. There were several impressive cosplays, but the majority of the cosplays were limited to Soul Eater, Black Butler and the various Shounen Jump animes. Even Final Fantasy was under cosplayed (this includes the Kingdom Hearts cosplayers). Again, I attribute it to major money issues, but it was still depressing.

Something else I noticed, especially while observing cosplays, is that there is a clear and defined split between various cliques/groups of the con, and I’m not just talking about the furries. It makes me think back to my first convention (Big Apple Anime Fest 2003 if anyone was wondering). Was I really that rowdy and loud? I wonder if anyone wanted to strangle me the way I wanted to choke the brats that kept stepping on my cosplay this weekend. This gap is most evident in cosplay, which is mostly split into 3 or 4 groups (it’s more apparent than ever before because I’ve simply gone to too many conventions this year) at any given time. It makes me wonder what “cosplay group” I belong in. I can’t easily place myself in the half-ass cosplay group or the “God damn everyone and their mother cosplays *so-and-so*” (as popular as a cosplay Lulu is, there were far more Narutos and Luffies and Madame Reds) as I did my previous years (especially in my first couple years… I was smack in that group). But, I’m nowhere near the “pro cosplay” group, although I did have the great privilege of talking to a couple journeyman and master rank cosplayers (they were really nice and gave me a couple tips on what I could do for further cosplays… *squee!*).

In any case, I’ve been somehow convinced to cosplay next year and, better yet, compete next year in either the masquerade or the hall. I’m not quite sure which one, but I already have my costume picked out (and I’m not changing it dammit!), so I’m pumped for next year.

One thing that kind of bugged me this year was the large amount of people who stared down my chest (and this is more than usual). People were literally talking to my boobies, and there were plenty of people trying to get peep shots up my skirt (if anyone as seen the Lulu cosplay, he or she is more than aware of how short the front is). I had a couple people come to me and tell me my costume was “the best damn Lulu I’ve seen yet,” then ask to hug me and stuff like that. There was a black lady who was not part of the con-craze (aka, she was a normal woman living in Baltimore) and she came up to me and asked me how I kept my bust so “high.” (That was an interesting experience in it of itself, since she was all into asking questions about the con) And, lots of guys wanting to take pictures next to me, which is not unusual in it of itself, but is always funny. I find that female friends drag their male friends to me to take a picture, because the guys are too scared to ask me (this is usually for the younger age group, but has occasionally happened for the 20+).

In any case, Otakon has left me with the anime/gaming craze, so that’s what I’ll be doing for another month or so. That and cosplay planning.

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Sorry for all the late posting and being totally out of the loop. I’m running out of things to write about, being that I’m actually enjoying life (now that college is over and all). It’s funny. Now that I’m out of college, I have so much time to do what I want to do, but I have so many things I want to do, I squish them all together and I get less done than I should.

Besides that, I’ve also been in North Carolina enjoying my time with some folks down there. This weekend, I attended Animazement and worked kind of as a staffer/volunteer thing (which was a completely new experience for me). This week was also the first time I attended a convention NOT as a cosplayer (on Friday, I didn’t cosplay, which was a totally new experience for me). As a convention, Animazement falls in a very good medium. It’s not as huge as Otakon, Anime Boston or the other “large” conventions, but it’s not hotel-small like Youmacon. There are a lot of really friendly people. I did cosplay as Marie from Soul Eater, but I failed to take any pictures (silly me). I actually intend on doing the cosplay again (I just need a new wig), so expect pictures not-so-soon. It didn’t help that I didn’t have a camera.

Also, Animazement had a J-Rock band guest called Noize. They were pretty interesting. I’m not a particular fan of J-Rock or the fanbase that follows it, but the concert was throughly entertaining. One of the band member’s instrument (I think it was the bassist) was named “Super Vibrator.” There were a lot of sex references.

I throughly enjoyed the convention and it was a great way to start off the con-streak summer (Anime Next is, well, next). I’m still on my -tan mode, so I’ve been looking for ways to do the Thunderbird-tan cosplay that’s been filling my daydreams. It would be a spectacular cosplay to do.

Currently Listening To: Nothing
Currently Drinking: Mtn Dew (WTF is with Mountain Dew shortening their logo… I hate it!)
Currently Watching: Pandora Hearts
Currently Reading: Alice in Wonderland, Pandora Hearts
Current Mood: Cosplay-mode

So I’m back to complaining about women.

It seems that, every day, I find a new excuse to complain about them. Today, it’s about their need to always be seen as “the underdog,” for lack of a better term. Many of them constantly complain about being the one that is put down “in society.” For example, many feminist say that women are constantly viewed as “objects in society,” because of how the male-dominated world in which we live in constantly put women in this separate, “lesser” category.

Let me explain a little more. Some women claim that men in their lives treat women (themselves included) as object. How? Men are possessive of women and won’t let other men touch her. This possession is, apparently, an example of objectification. A need to control their women, or so it is thought.

This makes me confused. Women are as possessive of their men as men are of their women. For goodness’ sake, a woman drove across the country in a diaper with a gun to try and kill her boyfriend who was cheating on her. I don’t see why women still whinge and whine about how men treat them unfairly when they themselves (as in, women themselves) do the same thing to their boyfriends.

For two, when a significant other tries to protect you from someone else flirting with you, he or she is simply being possessive because he or she cares. It’s not a gender issue in the slightest. This does not mean that men treat women as slabs of meat. Society as a whole only drives that statement because hardcore feminist still complain about it. There are really not that many men who actually view women as property. I mean, yes, we/they/people may joke about it, but there are very few men who actually view women as like “underling bitches and property.” That viewpoint is long dead.

For three, I am bothered by how women demand to be treated with their viewpoint of respect (open the door for me, hold out the chair for me, pick me up when I’m tired, pay my tab) and then say that men are being unfair because men treat women as if women were weaker.

I guess, my complaint isn’t so much to “women as a whole” so much as the feminist pricks that continue to claim that society puts women down because women are constantly discriminated against. They claim that men should treat them better, take care of women, and yet complain when men do so. In the end, these feminist arn’t asking for gender equality so much as they are asking for female dominance and a matriarchal society.

Society is not dominated by the male whites of America. In fact, if that were true, the simple idea of affirmative action would not exist. We, as society, may joke about racial minorities, and gender inequality, but the serious complaints come from parts of society (ex: feminist women) who demand more attention, more “equality,” and more control. In the world we live in today, white men are far more discriminated against than any other “racial/ethinic/sex-oriented” group.

As a woman of the Earth and a promoter of egalitarianism, I am continually bothered by these feminist. This tunnel vision is exactly why men bitch and moan about women bitching and moaning. Far too many women demand that they are being mistreated when, in fact, many are treating their men the same way they don’t want to be. This double standard needs to be stopped!

So, the next time your boyfriend says “you’re mine,” it’s not because he’s a chauvinistic pig who only sees you as a chunk of ham. And remember, he’s yours too.

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I know I’ve been very much off my rocker about posting at the right place at the right time, but my “blogging” times have become more haphazard as I’m seeing myself being unable to sleep more and more (as I start writing this, it is 4:15 AM on a Monday morning).

Recently, I’ve been getting into an obsession with os-tan related comics and images (cause you know, I’m too poor for figurines and stuff). For example, my current background is this. Yes, if anyone was wondering, that is Firefox on top of Thunderbird. Seamonkey is the one with the anchor necklace and NVU is the one in purple. OS-tans originally started as personification of the Windows Operating Systems (from DOS to Vista), but has since branched into other Operating Systems and softwares/programs. All of these “characters,” which are usually drawn “anime” style, are aptly named their software plus “-tan,” which is a Japanese hornorific that derived from the more popular “-chan.”

ANYWAY. Yea. They’re cute. They’re cuddly. They almost make me want to install Windows ME in some useless computer somewhere. But then I’d feel bad for the computer.

Currently Listening To: Nothing
Currently Drinking: Crush Orange Soda
Currently Watching: Dollhouse (Watching Ep 12 today), Pandora Hearts, FMA 2
Currently Reading: Alice in Wonderland, Pandora Hearts
Current Mood: Tired, but in a state of Insomnia *whoo*

Newspapers. Because I grew up on them, my day is usually not complete without reading a newspaper, whether it be on paper or online through a site or RSS feed. My newspaper of choice, not oddly enough, is the New York Times (cause you know, I’m a city girl and all that good stuff), because it’s really easy to read and is chock full of information. Plus, since I’ve been reading it a while, I know which writers are biased to which subjects.

Which leads me to the topic of today, not so much about NEWSPAPERS, but the media in general. Many people, well at least the people I have talked to recently (and some, not so recently) mention that they can’t stand reading the newspaper or watching the news because they are skeptical about what the media has to say. Many people feel that the media blows things out of proportions and all that good stuff.

And it’s true. “The Media” is a big fan of news glorification. Giving us these shined up (or dirtied up, however you see it) versions of the true and straight facts. But if we already know this, why can’t we pick out the parts that are biased and simply ignore them? Are these journalist and media-folks simply too good at convincing America and, maybe, the rest of the world?

What people fail to realize is that you don’t have to take a complete newspaper as complete truth, or as complete bullshit. There are many levels and layers in between that, where people believe in “parts of what the newspaper says” and don’t believe in others.

Perhaps the American public needs a review lesson of what is “fact” and what is “opinion.” Or rather, they should learn that both “fact” and “opinion” can be used in a media form. It’s just a matter of distinguishing the two. Or, to make a more generalized statement, perhaps people should learn that it IS possible to believe in only portions of articles.

For example, we’ll take the very recent example of this “swine flu” obsession. One person died in America from the swine flu. You have as much right to believe this as you do to not believe it, although I’m not sure why a newspaper would try to convince you that a person didn’t died.

Then the newspaper continues saying that this “Swine flu disease is an epidemic that is sweeping the nation,” blah blah blah. This is, again, something you can CHOOSE to believe in. If you think newspapers and the media are over sensationalizing situations, then perhaps it is better to say something like “I don’t agree with this newspaper,” rather than to say “this whole newspaper is sensationalized and I find the whole article skeptical because of the opinion.”

Because clearly, opinions will change facts.

In the end, the facts will still be facts. You thinking that the Swine Flu is an epidemic will not change the numbers of death.

And the newspaper saying that it’s an epidemic doesn’t mean it should lose its credibility in every god damned thing.

Besides, there are more than enough newspapers and ways of finding the news that there is probably a newspaper that is geared towards your opinion. For example, I have seen CNN and I can confidently say that I do not believe in their political views. CNN may be very opinionated in their works, but they don’t beat around the bush and say “the unemployment rate is at 10.1%” when it’s really at 8.5 percent.

In the end, all it takes is a little MENTAL WORK to decide FOR YOURSELF which information you should take away, and which information you should leave in the dust. But that doesn’t mean we should avoid newspapers and tv shows like the plague, simply because it is “biased.” After all, everyone’s entitled to an opinion.

If you are skeptical about reading the news because it’s biased, please remember that not all newspapers are biased in the same way. There probably is a form of news by some possibly faceless group that gears towards your opinion and viewpoints. It’s much easier to pick out what’s to be believed and what’s not when you’re consistently reading a newspaper and know the opinions of the columnist. Then you won’t have to worry so much. Yes, I am encouraging you to READ a newspaper for once. Watch some news on the tele/tube/tv. Go out there and learn a little more about the world, through whatever medium you see fit (BCC World News, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, or Reddit).

And saying you can’t get to it is no excuse. It’s the 21st century, just go online and look it up. Google it, if you must.

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