bg/ish: Project Censored... or, Wake The Fuck Up!
Did you know that schools in the US are more segregated today than they were in the 1950's? Did you know that Somalians only resorted to piracy after years of toxic waste being dumped in their waters and unregulated fishing ravaged their coastline? Did you know the European Union has blocked over 250 toxic chemicals produced here in the US and used in everyday manufacturing? Were you aware that Ecuador performed a thorough, independent audit of it's national debt and found so many fallacies and discrepancies it declared it's debts to first world nations void, setting what may be an example for other impoverished third world nations to start rebuilding their own economies?
Chances are you were not aware of any of these major world developments, and that's what Project Censored aims to change.
"Project Censored was founded by Carl Jensen in 1976, and is a media research program working in cooperation with numerous independent media groups in the US... Project Censored conducts research on important national news stories that are under reported, ignored, misrepresented, or censored by the US corporate media. Each year, Project Censored publishes a ranking of the top 25 most censored nationally important news stories in the yearbook, Censored: Media Democracy in Action, which is released in September."
I encourage everyone who is reading this post to look at the list of this last year's Top 25 ignored news stories, and read each corresponding article. At the very least, find one that interests you and read it further. It's incredibly informative and eye opening.
The "censorship" they refer to is "the intentional non-inclusion of a news story – or piece of a news story – based on anything other than a desire to tell the truth. Such manipulation can take the form of political pressure (from government officials and powerful individuals), economic pressure (from advertisers and funders), and legal pressure (the threat of lawsuits from deep-pocket individuals, corporations, and institutions)."
With corporate money monopolizing the major mainstream media outlets, now is as important a time as ever to look for trustworthy, alternative news sources that deliver the whole story, and not just what has been manipulated for the mass public.
Or you could just continue to let CNN slap you around. Oh what? You like that?!? Huh? You like that?!?