March 27, 2008

Framing Truth: The Well Built Essay

sipplogo.jpgJust published: Sippican Cottage - "Reality Intrudes"....

Includes this:

"It's very difficult to glean raw information from the media, even --or especially-- from the sector of it that claims they are solely dispensing raw information. They are presenting a kind of entertainment for partisans. That is not information. But then again, information can be dull. Saying outrageous things and calling it a chaste appraisal is more fun, I suspect, especially for the generator, if not as much for the consumer."

Then this:

"The pumps at the gas station play music. You must be entertained at all times. If life was harder, we would not be able to afford to act as foolishly and frivolously as we do. But it is madness to wish, as I see so many do, that misery could befall everybody so we'd have to be more circumspect and sober in our behavior. Nothing is stopping you from being sober and industrious. Why are you wishing to be forced to be that way?"

And then this:

"It occurred to me viscerally, in a flash today, that in great measure the audience is all up on the stage and the entertainers are sitting in the seats and telling them what to do, to amuse them. What is American Idol, if not that?"

My question is: "Why are you not reading the whole thing? Now."

Posted by Vanderleun at March 27, 2008 11:10 AM
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I stopped at one where they had little tv sets on the pumps. I had to fight off the desire to just rip the thing down.

Couldn't leave me alone for five minutes.

Posted by: Mikey NTH at March 27, 2008 11:59 AM


Posted by: TmjUtah at March 27, 2008 12:08 PM

Great find!

A very welcome addition to my bookmarks.


Posted by: Mumblix Grumph at March 27, 2008 10:01 PM