The ball tampering ‘scandal’ has, for the most part, come and gone. It did last for a few weeks in the media though, which is a pretty decent time for mainstream media to hold onto the one story for. I’d love to see them report other stories for the same amount of time and effort they did the sandpapering, but that’s kind of another story for another day. In the end the way they carried on about the ‘tampering’, for what was nothing more than a simple sporting play misconduct, was outrageous. There is no way I am condoning what they did as wrong, but I am saying it was taken way too seriously, sensationalised and as a result given way too much air time. But this is pretty typical for the media. Even the unbiased ABC had a good hot go too. Luckily SBS was able to shed light on other, more important, news.
Unfortunately this type of ‘news’ sells space and timeslots, because the everyday Joe, eats it up. But whose fault is it, ours for eating it all up, or theirs for serving it up in the first place. Based on my experience analysing and critique the media and its effects on society for over 5 years, I’d say it is 99.9% the media’s fault. There is so much news worthy stories going on each and every day around the world but it is up to each media outlet to choose exactly what they report on, when and for how long. These days we barley have to open our eyes and we are bombarded by ‘news’. It’s on Facebook, Instagram, our favourite websites, in shopping malls, on tvs on the train, bus and trams. We can barely escape it. Surely then, if we are seeing so much news hourly, then they have time to feed us other news throughout the day. Unfortunately, no matter how much news you watch or read, they send the same stories down your throat time and time again. Man kills women, women kills man, petrol station robbed, cat in tree, burst main causes flood, idol sandpapers ball, today was hot. Far out. But we eat it.
They do it because they know we will eat up every last mouth full each and every time, we don’t even know what else could be consumed in the world unless we go looking for it. Which is exactly what the powers at be want. They want us to be consumed by the bullshit. They want us consuming on the pointless, the funny, the mundane, and the sporting scandals. This enables a society of which they can control. They can manipulate what you think, when, where and why. They can manipulate how and what you think about certain topics. All to suit their own agendas and monetary gains.
It seems bleak but this is just the reality of exactly what is going on. They feed you with the idea of it being your choice but if they don’t feed you any other side to a story, they are just feeding you the same thing over and over, giving you no other choice but to believe it and move on.
Fuck that, don’t consume the bullshit. Actually make it your choice by getting your news from a variety of sources and outlets. Maybe try SBS, ABC, The Guardian and one or two mainstream outlets. You’ll be shocked at the difference, at the quality of journalism and at the variety in stories. You’ll become way more informed and way more interested in the rest of the world. Ideally, enabling you to make your own informed decisions and opinions. Ball tampering is sports news, but it isn’t worthy enough to be the only news story for the night let alone for the week. Don’t let them win, change your perspectives by opening them.