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No news is good news

 Street Sheet (USA) 21 February 2019

A pink silk curtain has descended on our continent. If you could ask an average person out there what they would like to read in their daily paper - I mean ask them privately, maybe at a local tavern what they really want to read, and if they told you truthfully - it would be very similar to what you actually do see in the daily papers across North America today. (536 Words) - By Rodney Graham

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The media writes for an audience.  They write for the fortunate among us, the ones who had the privilege of finishing high school because they had a good family.

They write for those who can relate to normalcy: Marriage, work, career, finances, a small circle of friends perhaps.  Here in North America that's all we know really, and all we want to know. There's an invisible curtain around this continent, but it's so hard it may as well be made of iron.  Maybe you could call it a rose tinted curtain.  We filter out anything that would make us too uncomfortable.

You see 'hard news', news that is about things that happened both locally and internationally.  Tragedy, glamour, excitement, news of the latest electronics to make our utopian world more convenient, more comfortable, easier. And anything related.  Ubiquitous articles expressing the outrage and interest we all share because the man wants to make it illegal to talk on the phone while driving seems to be a big news item in the past few years.

The mainstream media write about mainly hard news of interest to these citizens of standing and place, any soft news is slanted towards the interests of the 'mainstream' public.  There is often little in regards to injustice, inequity, and occurrences that those beyond our borders may experience when they try to immigrate into our country perhaps - and that is not mentioned in our papers today.  Because the media writes with a certain audience in mind - their 'audience' doesn't like to hear about injustice and poverty.  Street papers remind them of issues a different 'audience' wants to see.

Sometimes, however, hard news kicks the door of our self imposed ignorance in.  Egypt showed that.  What transpired there could not be hidden.  What was happening for many years leading up to the occupation of that square finally made the news an important thing to see and hear here everyday.  Because it was happening every day - a revolution.  Why was the government of Egypt so concerned about silencing the media?  The media that was impartial, not the mainstream media.

Until these 'hidden' inequities, injustices, and things that happen to refugees and do happen to the average citizen here - although that's not covered by the media - until they really start to begin to affect us we will continue to live behind this pink curtain of utopian indulgence and ignorance.  Perhaps a depression as happened in the 30s could light a fire under our lazy asses - here behind our pink silken curtain - so that we would finally be interested in making a difference for the less fortunate ones right there.  Until then, however - no news is good news... over here at least.

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