Dumming Down of America? Its all in the headlines

Not convinced we get a different quality of news here than overseas? Anyone lucky enough to see the original BBC version of Planet Earth heard a cogent adult narrator. The US version had Sigourney Weaver’s Disney-esque cutsy narration. One offered a fascinating comprehensive look at the wonder and breadth of our planet. The other led us by our little hands through a parade of cute and crazy animals, not unlike the Saturday Night Live skit by a half-wit nature guy named Brian Fellows, played perfectly by Tracy Morgan of 30 Rock Fame.

As a science nut, I daily troll the news, particularly the BBC. Today I happened to check MSNBC and well, let see who attempts at intelligent science reporting and who reflects a consumer driven society completely self-focused and separated from the world, and charging headlong into the abyss of abject vapidity.

Top 10 Science Headlines BBC News:

Iceland Ash Jet threat “founded”
Motivation “key to high IQ score
Hidden CO2 emissions revealed
Lasers could replace spark plugs
Climate change to hit US rivers
Aurora from Saturn Moon circuit
Sunspot Twist sparked huge flare
Iran uncovers espionage virus
Quake mission to “ring of fire”
Rig Culture “factor in BP spill”

And now from MSNBC:

Robot helps woo bride in video game proposal
Plug in cars meet the real world
Facebook game lets you throw friends off buildings
How to choose the right Blu-ray player
Surprise mom with a video just for her
Man sues Facebook for$1-for attention
Puppycam makes a comeback
Squid camouflage catches Pentagon’s eye
Enormous statue of powerful pharaoh unearthed
Rocketeer aims for Mars in 10 years

Surely FOX will save us from MSNBC’s liberal pandering:

Nintendo to Launch new Wii in 2012
Can Nintendo Wii and game consoles reinvent themselves
500-year-old book surfaces in Utah
Tantalizing hits of secretive spaceship builder’s plan
Sony chairman credited with developing CDs dies
Pope may make first call to space
Watching Internet porn at NYC protected by First amendment, officials say
Has quest for elusive God particle succeeded
what the devastating Japanese earthquake sounds like
Secret Space sex experiment rumors denied by Russian expert.

…Oh so close. And for the life of me, I cannot imagine why we have slipped behind Moldova in science education. Consumerism and Corporate media have succeeded in finally make us all dumb shopping drones, blades of grass whipped by whatever wind the corporate elite, who own the government and use the media as their message board and propaganda machine, decide. They sy be afraid and we no longer question what or why, or even the legitimacy of those claims. We are told and we follow obediently. And on rare occasions, when someone does questions the media kicks in to belittle, degrade, ignore or destroy their message. A whistleblower to corporate or government crime and corruption somehow is shown to be mentally unstable, a viewer of porn or a child molester, as thy did in the Soviet Union to dissidents. When that failed to quiet dissent the Soviets had citizen informers, which is why corporate America and the Republicans invented the Tea Party.

About 900poundgorilla

W.C. Turck is a Chicago playwright and the author of four widely acclaimed books.His latest is "The Last Man," a prophetic novel of a world ruled by a single corporation. His first novel, "Broken: One Soldier's Unexpected Journey Home," was reccommended by the National Association of Mental Health Institutes. His 2009 Memoir, "Everything for Love" chronicled the genocide in Bosnia and the siege of Sarajevo. His third book "Burn Down the Sky" is published exclusively on Amazon Kindle. It was in Sarajevo at the height of the siege where he met and married his wife, writer and Artist Ana Turck. FOX NEWS, ABC, CBS News, the Chicago Tribune and The Joliet Herald covered their reunion after the war. He helped organized relief into Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. Turck has been a guest on WMAQ-TV, WLS in Chicago, WCPT, WBBM radio, National Public Radio, Best Of the Left and the Thom Hartmann show. He has spoken frequently on Human Rights, Genocide and Nationalism. In 2011, his play in support of the Occupy Movement, "Occupy My Heart-a revolutionary Christmas Carol" recieved national media attention and filled theaters to capacity across Chicago. He remains an activist to the cause of human rights and international peace. View all posts by 900poundgorilla

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