I guess it’s time to throw in my two cents worth to the ongoing Ukraine-Russia-Crimea crisis. Not content-wise, hell no, I would not dare. Things are way too complex and complicated and actually vague to make sense out of it (not that I didn’t try, though). But let’s have a quick look at the so-called analysts and experts, who we rely on to inform us and keep us updated: the media. We trust in them, we gather information through them, as we naturally cannot be at each hot-spot and talk to the concerned people ourselves. Thanks to the internet we can be informed instantly and 24/7. In the background of our browsers, the news-live-ticker of the medium of our choice remains telling us who said what, who flew where, who threatened whom.
Pretty handy, you might think. In our modern western world, we cannot miss out on the truth.
Duh! Alert observers might have discovered a common voice or attitude of a country’s media already before, but especially throughout the past days it becomes clear that everyone is running their own little propaganda and hate-campaigns here. We in the west all know that in Russia, the media are state-controlled and stories are twisted – right? Proudly we believe whatever our media tell us and enjoy the advantage of politically independent journalism.
Why does it all sound the same then? Why does it have to have an opinion at all? Can we not simply get the information about a happening without any subconscious steering into a certain direction? Is this all a joke to the media, celebrating the final existence of something scandalous to report about, spinning a tale of good and evil just to entertain their readers?
Well, here are some news: We want to know what’s happening, and we want to have objective news. It is really exhausting, but apparently the only way, to read several articles on one single happening, separating facts from propaganda and trying to understand what’s going on. Only this in combination with reader-comments, discussions with our friends from other countries and a clear, non-biased and preferably sharp mind makes is nowadays possible to get the truth. Or maybe not even then. Whether the Americans are the bad guys, or the EU, or Russia – well, couldn’t everyone decide that for themselves? Additionally, the first words indicating propaganda automatically rob any kind of credibility.
Stop concealing the facts already and feed us some real news. We want the frame removed to see the whole picture! At one point, the live-ticker went so out of hand that some random tweet of a private person appeared, giving the definition of some cultural peculiarity as a reason for “Putin’s behavior”. That’s when I stopped reading and switched the newspaper.
Yes, no news is good news, figuratively. But at the moment, there are news popping up constantly, unfortunately. So give them to us as it is your job, as facts and information. Otherwise – (reading) more news is good news.