In yesterday’s edition of the MMP, the ‘Summer Reading’ list was introduced. To recap real quick: if this blog is able to accomplish anything, or make even the slightest bit of difference, it will be to spread the word that we are being lied to, distracted, or left out of the loop by mainstream media outlets. Because most of the information that most of the People are getting, and making decisions upon, is controlled and disseminated by a very small, but very powerful, handful of corporations, it is vital for the sake of our nation that We the People look elsewhere, then, for better and more credible sources.
So the purpose of the Summer Reading list is to pull your coat on some of the words, sights, and sounds that I have come across in my travels, jetpacking through cyberspace. And to reiterate, the list will not be limited to just books and/or articles. The Summer Reading list is meant to be a sort of clearing house for information so that everybody can stay sharp and informed for when the school year starts and the presidential campaign kicks into high gear.
The format for the Summer Reading list will be categorized based on medium. So yesterday we began with the Internet. I will continue that list today, and begin my discussion on television to follow.
I put this quote in yesterday, but I will repeat it now, and before every reading list:
“Convinced that the people are the only safe depositories of their own liberty, and that they are not safe unless enlightened to a certain degree, I have looked on our present state of liberty as a short-lived possession unless the mass of the people could be informed to a certain degree.”–Thomas Jefferson to Littleton Waller Tazewell, 1805
The Web (underground)
The Internet has become such an invaluable tool, and playing-field leveler, when it comes to providing an alternative to corporate dominated, Chicken Little media. Of course, because of the wide and rushing river of information flowing through cyberspace, it can be quite a daunting task trying to navigate the waters without getting swept away. This is why the first item on the Summer Reading list is the Dandelion Salad site.
Like I said yesterday, this is a one-stop-shop for pretty much all the behind-the-scenes news you will ever need. Multiple articles, videos, links, etc. are posted each and everyday. So much so that nobody can keep up with it all. So I suggest linking Dandelion Salad to your homepage via a widget or something. That way the headlines will be front and center, and you can follow up on anything that catches your eye. Again, big ups to Lo for managing the mind boggling amounts of good independent information. And remember her, and the site’s, motto: “Audio Panton, Cogito Singularis.” Listen to everything, think for yourself.
Everyone should have FAIR.org bookmarked in their web browser. This is another fantastically informative website, whose sole purpose is to hold media outlets responsible for their bias and censorship. Basically, over at FAIR, they are watching the so-called watchers. For example, there is a piece up right now about how in all the massive amount of coverage devoted to the campaigns so little of it deals with any substantive issues.
In a true democratic society, with a true and vigilant media looking out for the People, this is what we would be watching at 6 or 6:30. The Real News Network is totally supported by member donations and is presented in video format along with transcripts. You’d be amazed how refreshing it is to watch a news story that doesn’t treat its viewers like they were fucking morons. The stories are well over the 90 second sound bytes we are all used to getting, and actually use multi-syllabic words. Definitely worth a visit.
These are all great places to start discovering the underground media, and can provide all you need to know to make more informed decisions in your day-to-day. Later in the week, I will be presenting some links to more mainstream media outlets via the internet and what is actually good about them.
Stay tuned for my write-up on the only cable news show you should be watching (I’ll give you a hint: it’s not The O’Reilly Factor – “WE’LL DO IT LIVE!”)