Friday, October 15, 2004

Fair and Balanced

fair: Light in color, especially blond: fair hair.
balanced: supported on a narrow base, so as to keep from falling.

It was summer and a very thirsty fox trudged wearily over the green hilltop. He saw another fox coming up the hill who, noticing his obvious signs of thirst, told him that there was a fresh lake at the bottom of the hill. The thirsty fox bounded down the hill and sure enough, there was a clear blue lake full of water. That winter, it hadn't rained in months and there was no water anywhere. The thirsty fox again trudged to the top of the once green hill and again saw the other fox. The other fox looked at him in dismay and informed him that the lake at the bottom of the hill had dried up. So, with a heavy heart, the thirsty fox turned away and walked off in despair, not seeing the other fox quickly scurry away down the hill with a grin on his face.

Does everything these days have to have a political agenda? I really don't wish to go to any great length discussing politics, but I saw Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism yesterday, a documentary about the fair and balanced views of the world over at the Fox News Network. It was a rather well made film, yet quite obviously had its own political standpoint to push out to minds of the viewers. Although we don't have Fox News here, Rupert Murdoch, originally from Australia, owns and controls much of the Australian media, fighting for a spot in our heads.

I remember back in high school English, our teacher made us watch this documentary that attempted to assert the idea that the world was actually flat. It had very convincing interviews and arguments against the spherical world theory; it even had a cute little story of a woman who went missing on her expedition to find the edge of the earth, never to be heard from again. Presumably she had fallen off. It wasn't supposed to be serious of course. Our teacher just wanted to demonstrate the persuasive power of words and images or perhaps she had a different agenda...

The subjective tea cup


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