If it's crap ... We'll tell you
If you don't give a flying fuck about this then you've obviously not considered the 'big brother' implications. Perhaps you should watch some of the Morgan Freeman scenes in The Dark Knight again.
I have sympathy for those losing their jobs, but then again they were working for the News of the World, and I'm glad it's history.
Let me ask you something, if your phone was hacked, who would be the lesser of two evils, big brother, or big business? It frightens me that the News of the World would do this all for a story, just to sell more copies, which their underling motive is to make money. News Corp still has the Times of London circulating, plus all their American owned outlets: Fox News, Wall Street Journal, and New York Post, etc, who knows where else he is doing this; or what else, aside from distorting the facts, and brainwashing the masses. Murdoch is single handedly destroying journalism, there is nor more accountability, or integrity in reporting the facts; and admit mistakes when you get them wrong.
There is reporting with a view point, and there is distorting the facts to fit your views. I fear that within the next twenty years, print journalism will be gone, the internet will provide news, but some will, if not most, as they already, will be heavily biased. I have a view point, no doubt like most of us do, but I do want to get my news from a place that consistently reports the facts; ad I will get my commentary somewhere else. Back to the subject at hand, I think this is the beginning of the end for Murdoch’s stronghold on news in the UK, it could have a ripple effect across the pond. I surely hope so.
if your phone was hacked, who would be the lesser of two evils, big brother, or big business?
In America there is no difference. Just google the word Lobbyist, or Presidential Campaign contributions if you don't believe me.
We are more willing to accept "facts" if they coincide with what we think we already know. So I think it's best to get your news from many different sources with as many biases as possible. If you do that then you are truly getting the whole story. Also when biases are allowed to compete all sides keep each other accountable by constantly airing information that the opposite side would like to silence. I don't like the idea of a one size fits all truth, or source of information. You gotta ask yourself are you really against bias opinions, or are you against people with opinions that contradict your own?
I know its not cool to bring up stuff you said in another thread, but you read the Huffington Post. Can you honestly say that you can't identify which way that site leans politically?
There is a difference, Government monitors your life in what they say is to “keep you safe”. Business does it for profit; they see you as a dollar sign. In some sense you are right about lobbyists, but corporations only want to make money, money is their bloodlust. I love my privacy, and would not want either to intrude in them, but corporations, especially media corporations who want to know everything about you to sell you their product. Or get into your life to find some “scandal” to run it as news, trivial stuff that has no merit, or substance, but “shock value” to sell more copies.
As I said, I have a viewpoint, but that does not mean that bias media outlets, no matter where they lean, is the way to get informed. Yes you can find places to get news without any viewpoint. Such as NPR, which refuses to allow viewpoints, and fires people for providing them, even on other networks (Juan Williams, say what you will about him). PBS, which reports facts, & the Associated Press; where many small outlets get their primary source. I do on occasion, watch Fox Noise, but I have trouble listening to what they say, believing that what the spew is remotely true.
There is a distinction between news sources, like AP, PBS, and commentary, such as Fox, ans MSNBC. You cannot honestly believe that the last two present opposite sides of a story, the news has one viewpoint, the truth, which is neutral.
As for the Huffington Post, I will talk to you about it in its respected thread.
The Government sees you as dollar signs as well. Who makes the currency the corporations use, sets the interest rate, or writes the tax regulations? The government does, the government is a Corporation. We can argue semantics all day, and I fear I'm not articulate enough to explain what I'm trying to say without charts, graphs, and displays so I'll just let this point slide unless you want to explore it further.
Come on man NPR doesn't have a viewpoint? If they didn't have a viewpoint then when Juan expressed his viewpoint about seeing Muslims at the airport then he shouldn't have gotten fired. They fired him because his remarks clashed with their multi-cultural viewpoint not because they don't have a viewpoint.