Elton John has recently left Twitter – one gathers that he doesn’t like Rocket Man after all.

Elton John has recently left Twitter – one gathers that he doesn’t like Rocket Man after all.

There is something that rings of Nineteen Eighty-Four when the state controls journalism. Not only with the CBC, the Liberals pump an additional $600 million into journalistic endeavours their stakeholder panels happen to like. Journalism is a branch of Canadian governing authorities.

There is something equally terrifying about Elton John’s point – false news on social media. 

Elton John has recently left Twitter – one gathers that he doesn’t like Rocket Man after all.

 

His justification for it is his dislike of false or misleading news. I will say that is a noble justification, in fact, I share it. It’s precisely why I wish to opt out of paying for the CBC.

 

Anecdotally, every mainstream news story I’ve encountered that I have first-hand knowledge of has included fabrications, exaggerations, and misleading insinuations. I’ve never actually sat down and watched the evening news covering something I’ve been involved in that had the virtue of being entirely truthful, avoiding misdirecting sensationalism.

 

 

Anytime I’ve watched a 10 minute piece on something I have familiarity with, I’ve walked away with the conclusion that it is false. Now if an individual were to multiply that 10 minutes by 6, to get an hour of daily news, and then times that figure by 365 to get a year’s worth of news, this amounts to a great deal of false information buzzing about in people’s minds.

I’ve often written about the drift toward nothingness. Our ethics are dwindling to nothing; our moral indignations are whatever social media engineers program into us. Our money’s purchasing power is determined at the behest of the central bank – money doesn’t represent anything other than their wishes, it’s nothing in particular. Even our entertainment has been replaced from having a good time to watching others have a good time on TV – it’s nothing. Sex is replaced with pornography – substance is replaced with images.

 

Now, truth itself is being emptied out.  Truth itself is becoming the empty category being replaced by false facts. Ratings, clicks, subscribes, likes, comments, and in Canada’s case, government-funding approvals, these are the metrics for what constitutes good journalism in the 21st century.

 

 

There is something that rings of Nineteen Eighty-Four when the state controls journalism. Not only with the CBC, the Liberals pump an additional $600 million into journalistic endeavours their stakeholder panels happen to like. Journalism is a branch of Canadian governing authorities.

I will confess there is something equally terrifying about Elton John’s point – false news on social media. I’ve been involved with libertarian causes on social media as an administrator on several pages since 2016, and can confirm fake news proliferates within our circles at a rapid rate. Media truth is not located within a political ideology, it’s being emptied entirely.

 

 

Against all of this and more, I highly recommend rather than reading news releases on federal budgets to read the actual budget. Rather than looking at reports on inflation, just look at actual rental and grocery prices in your area. Against social media programming for moral outrage, try determining who is suffering the most and go about alleviating their woes. Replace images with reality. Replace emptiness with substance. Replace falsehoods with truth. -Brandon Kirby

(Photo credit: Steve Jurvetson)

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