Wednesday, August 24, 2005

The Media's Ventriloquist Puppets

After imbibing Diet Pravda to the point of satiation, it is not uncommon for people to become ventriloquist puppets of the media. Before they have even critically analyzed the information, they spout out news commentators' opinions as if they were their own.

Rare is the person who is not parroting the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, or CNN.

Rare is the person who stops drinking Diet Pravda and starts to espouse his own educated opinions.


At August 24, 2005 at 11:26:00 AM EDT, Blogger yitz said...

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At August 24, 2005 at 12:07:00 PM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Thanks Yitz (and you too Mirty!) for the instructions. I appreciate your help.

At August 24, 2005 at 12:23:00 PM EDT, Anonymous chabakuk elisha said...

Yea, I think that's the goal of the media.
I always got a kick of media people who say that they "want to change the world," or "make a difference."
Shouldn't the media be just providing information? Well, they don't seem to think so.
However, although the media does have the ability to sway public opinion, intelligent people can process the information and come up with their own conclusions. It just takes a bit more work...
I also think that we all do this. We parrot the opinion we've been taught by the leaders / schools of thought that we trust - be it religious, secular, or otherwise; our world view never comes out of a vacuum - no?

At August 24, 2005 at 12:48:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Gartel said...

everyone has a bias and everyone's bias is affected by what surrounds them.

chab, regarding your comment about religious leaders, we are required to follow them, its an obligation of emunos chachamim

At August 24, 2005 at 12:52:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Chabakuk elisha said...

My old friend Gartel,
That's what I'm saying.

At August 24, 2005 at 1:41:00 PM EDT, Anonymous chabakuk elisha said...

BTW, Gartel,
Where/in what kind of shul do you daven? I'm curious.
And maybe if you're in my area we can get together for Melave-Malka or something?

At August 24, 2005 at 3:13:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Gartel said...

i live "out of town" as New Yorkers like to say.

i daven in a lubavitch shteibel
:-) its one of my only choices here

At August 24, 2005 at 3:25:00 PM EDT, Anonymous cha-ba-kuk elisha said...

Whoa! I imagine there aren't many like-minded mispallelim there...
What is your Chassidic affiliation?
Were you once a Lubavitcher?

At August 24, 2005 at 7:12:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Gartel said...

well im not like buddy-buddy with the mispallelim and i dont really talk about this stuff with them lol.

in response the other questions: this is something im still trying to figure out. i dont know as much as i could, im trying to do research.
i can tell u that i really like the Satmar Rebbe ztvk"l GEVALT!!! :-) and enjoy learning and hearing about what he has to say

and yourself?

At August 24, 2005 at 7:14:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Gartel said...

but dont get me wrong i really like davening at that shteibel...theres so much energy there and its so heimishe!!!

At August 25, 2005 at 6:10:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Gartel said...

yeah i saw your first response. i dont know what happened.

your shul sounds really nice.

thats cool your parents are Breslevers. i also happen to really like Rebbe Nachman ztvk"l. thats amazing that u were close to the BP Bostoner Rebbe!!!!
thanks for sharing about yourself. its interesting. what other chasidic groups have you contacted?

im a little paranoid so i dont really want to get into details about myself that will be aired all over the internet to people i dont know but ill tell you that im not a "has been" :-)

theres other shuls in my area, im just most comfortable in Chabad.


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