That would be too much like work
Posted by aogFriday, 11 August 2006 at 12:07 TrackBack Ping URL

I have been wondering lately, with all of the relevations of distorted imagery from the Middle East, on why Old Media seems so willing to act as de facto propanda organs for enemies of the USA and Western Civilization in general.

I am sure that to some extent it is simply ideological bias on the part of people forced to make a living at journalism due to lack of any actual talent, but I would not be a bit surprised to find out that it was far more about lazy and non-introspective. It’s just so much easier to let the fanatics do as they like, even with one’s own journalism organization.

Even without bias, such a lack of concern will translate in to a tragedy of the commons where the most ruthless and dishonest will have the advantage precisely because they are ruthless and dishonest. It’s the living achetype of the phrase “all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”.

I suspect that the shift of journalism from an upgrade of blue collar work to prestigious white collar work is no small contributor. People used to doing (or hanging out with those who do) manual labor would tend to find leg-work far more acceptable to those who have spent their lives sitting while others do the work of supplying information.

P.S. Read this for some more information in this vein.

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David Cohen Saturday, 12 August 2006 at 15:52
Although we tend to think of it as anti-Americanism, I think that much of it is actually anti-colonialism. The European left and their American imitators think that, in any anti-colonial struggle, truth and justice are always on the side of the colonials. Much of the time it is. But if you see every struggle between the first world and the third as an anti-colonial struggle, you are not only missing the anti-western flavor of, for example, Islamic extremism, but also the anti-western, anti-liberal fanaticism of your putative heroes.
Annoying Old Guy Saturday, 12 August 2006 at 20:15
Kind of like "acting white" in the American black community? Even if the USA isn't involved, any side advocating liberal democacy is automatically suspect?
David Cohen Sunday, 13 August 2006 at 11:28
Yes, as liberal democracy is the imposition of western culture, just as education is the imposition of white culture. Of course, both promoting democracy and true education are long, hard, thankless tasks that the anti-imperialists get to skip, thank you very much.
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