Tuesday, January 31, 2006

A different point of view

"It's not easy being green."
-- Kermit the Frog
I will be the first one to admit that I have an unorthodox way of looking at the world. And it may appear to others as a bit self-absorbed as well (or egotistical...or vain). But I am practical about my point of view. It is mine. If I had your point of view, it wouldn't be my point of view.

This is not to say we can't have similar points of view. Though I'm willing to bet the majority of you believe your point of view, even if it is similar to mine, is better. That is human nature.

Although I have a journalism degree, I am not big on current affairs. Perhaps it is because I have a journalism degree that I'm not big on current affairs. After you have seen sausage being made, you aren't likely to run out and order a Kielbasa.

There is a lot of hype about bloggers being the real journalists of our generation. I have to politely say that that is a major load of BULL SHIT (thanks Penn and Teller). If you surf the Web and gather a bunch of "facts" about a subject and then regurgitate it upon your Blog, that is not journalism. That is simply regurgitation or to put it bluntly, "puke."

In theory, journalists present a balanced view of what they are reporting. Purists would not allow their personal opinion to slant what they are reporting. That is also BULL SHIT. It is not possible to avoid a bias when you report something.

So what does this teach us? Look at everything that is reported with a healthy dose of skepticism and compare it to other data you have. Then spout your own opinion, not someone elses. Present it as such.

That being said, the only people who will believe what you have written are other people who share your point of view. It is a rare person who can actually change someone's mind.

This is why I rarely write about current affairs. But in all fairness, what you read here is reality the way I perceive it.

And if that doesn't keep you away, nothing will.
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