Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Ethics; Terrible Media; Terrible People

I had quite a few articles started, but I decided to put them on the back burner. Why? I did not like all the negativity involved.

I started reading Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics. One of the opening conversations he has is about why do people do anything? The answer being for good, of course. Depending on the the field of study of the individual determines which good they aspire to. With that said, I believe that everyone-- barring psychopaths--strives for good. Everyone does what they do with the best of intentions. 

There is a lot of ill amongthe politically active. They exaggerate every little thing. It is not rhetoric, it is libel. These stories go on and on about the negatives of this election's candidates. Regardless of whom you want to vote for, they are human beings. Humans make mistakes. We often say contradictory things. We speak in context. We do things that are on the fringe off ethical and legal, especially if it is for the greater good.

With social media and memes, the libel is out of control. I understand that they are meant to be humorous, but the majority of people that share them believe them at face value. Anyone with conflicting views will see them as an affront and inflammatory. This does not lead to sincere discussion at all.

Time Lapse: This article was being written in July, 2016. A lot a has transpired since then.

Recently, there have been quite a few attacks on the smaller independent content creators on the internet. Especially, in the case of YouTubers. Larger mainstream media outlets are trying to become popular on the internet. So, what do they do? Create quality content and spend resources promoting and expanding their viewership. Not even close. They instead go after more popular content creators and concoct stories about them. Unbelievable. What happens when this doesn't work the way they want? They go after the money. Now YouTube is going lengths to demonetize creators of controversial content. The result is a more bland and uninteresting content; and no one can profit from that.

Another big issue with mainstream media is that they do not have writers, or journalists, of quality. They are complete nobodies. With very little formal education. Hell, they don't even bother to proofread their content. The are usually riddled with spelling and grammar issues. They do this on purpose. The companies wrangle in people to squeeze as many articles out as possible for ad revenue. These authors go out of their way to make stories which mostly wind up being complete fake news or complete nonsense.