Who and What is the Happy Warrior

The Happy Warrior is the title of a poem... and yes, I love this poem. I do not wish to be mischaracterized, for the most part poetry is not my bag. I am not an afficionado of literature nor am I a metro-sexual (I despise that term) but a dear friend introduced me to this masterpiece of prose several years ago... it has provided no end of inspiration. The Happy Warrior by William Wordsworth outlines the qualities of a magnificent soul. I aspire to possess even one or two characteristics that "every man in arms should wish to be."

This blog is a representation, in conversational form, of my voyage to wrap my arms around the world in which Mr. Worsdworth's warrior finds happiness.

(Standing disclaimer: Luckily tests of spelling accuracy ended in 4th grade otherwise I would still be in Elementary School. Be forewarned, spelling errors ahead. I subscribe to the wisdom of a great man who said, "I have utmost disdain for a man who can only spell a word one way." -Benjamin Franklin)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Media malfesance... Didn't I warn you?

Media manipulation and aggrevation of socially explosive situations is a serious problem in the modern era.  I should know, I've studied it for many years and it was at the heart of my dissertation.  The media IS an interest group with a definite agenda.  Aside from the social agenda, the media has a compelling financial motive as well (which is becoming more of a driving force as it continues its long slow decline  -it is like a dying, desperate animal that is losing internal poise in the face of its demise).

My last post focused on the media's provocation of the Trayvon Martin situation.  Let me again state that we don't know the essential facts of the case to form an unbiased and a reasoned conclusion.  All pundits throwing blame and stirring up the general populace are doing so out of a desire to further their own agendas.  We simply do not know the facts of what happened to make an informed statement; it is all visceral and emotion.  We -no matter what "side" you may lean toward- are better than that.

And SHAME on you media outlets who released an edited version of the 9-1-1 call that clearly painted Mr. Zimmerman in a racist light.  Your weak retraction and apology cannot dispel the damage you created.  If my readers have not heard the audio of the edited and the full version of the 9-1-1 call, you need to find it and listen.  This is a powerful example of how the media can create a false reality.  I could not locate the audio versions but have linked to this story that describes the situation.  So far the one crime that is certain is that which was done by the media on the American public.  Learn from it!

In another stroke of media reality engineering, please notice that the photo of Mr. Zimmerman used in this story is a mug shot.  The caption indicates that he was incarcerated several years ago.  What is the message?  What is the judgement you've formed about Mr. Zimmerman versus the ones you've formed from the images the media is using to show Mr. Martin?  Why the difference?  I don't know who was the aggressor in the situation that led to the tragic death of a fellow human being but I do know who the media is casting as the guilty party.  The portrayal -with the larger implications that America is festering with racism- is disgusting as it is dangerous.  I plead with you to resist the temptation to buy into the messages being framed for us.  Most likely the truth is somewhere in the middle.