The Desert Star
Home | Online Catalogue | Gallery | Mount Allan Community | Art History
Mount Barker | The Desert Star | Multimedia Gallery

> >

Contact Blogger: Bob Innes

News on the run

There have been hourly reports on an explosion in North Korea for more than 24 hours at the time of this blog being written, but apart from the obvious fact that there has been an explosion, and that a train or trains were involved, have we any idea what has caused the blast, and how many have died? Never mind, just make it up.

The first reports all quoted 3,000 dead, and repeated this number for most of Friday 23rd April. But the evening news has a Red Cross worker confirming 54 dead. Well, there will surely be more deaths revealed, but how did the 3,000 dead find its way into the news reports? We have also been told that a.) Two trains collided. b.) That one train was being unloaded, and that there was contact with electrical wires, setting off the dynamite being carried. (That's a hell of a lot of dynamite being carried, what were they going to do with it? Attack the U.S.?) One report had one train carrying ammonium nitrate, and the other diesel - the perfect mix for making bombs. Just shows how simple bomb-making can be. All one has to do is slam a wheel-barrow of ammonium nitrate into a wheelbarrow of diesel, and off she goes.

Of course we are also told repeatedly that North Korea is notoriously secret, and have revealed next to nothing about the cause of the explosion. The lack of facts won't prevent the story (any story) being revealed, and its obviously more newsworthy to prattle on with up to the minute reports, regardless of whether they contradict the last story, return to the original, or pull numbers out of the air (or other news sources). Just keep it coming, and let the facts eventually emerge. Better to put forward dubious reports, than to admit they don't know.

The media seems to have an obsession for prattle, followed by a laboriously long process for eking out the eventual facts (if ever). Thus, long after thousands have died in the debacle of the Iraq invasion the merits of whether it was right to go to war are being debated. Its not as if there will ever be a shortage of things to report after all. The North Korean explosion has created numerous different versions of what happened already, and that's just in 24 hours.

One must concede that the North Korean episode is at least worthy of mention, which is more than can be said for the frenzy of reports about Mark Latham's comments the day before. Apparently Bill Clinton suggesting that young people ought to have availability to the internet, some seven years ago, represents some kind of copyright, and if Latham wants to say something original, he should say the opposite.

The federal minister for health, the treasurer, and the Prime Minister, with their dedication to the big issues facing the nation, all made themselves available to comment on this ground-breaking issue (leader of opposition echoes ex President Clinton's words) without the slightest hint of any embarrassment, and in no time the Labor party were able to point to numerous examples of Howard echoing Bush's words and policies, and verbatim quotes from an U.S. publication. All a bit silly really, but with the huge issues of war, terrorism and political credibility so vital to the direction the world stumbles towards in the next few years, it is also a big worry.

The www is an invaluable source for insights into alternate views of world affairs. Thank goodness for its availability, because what is fed to Joe Bloggs and his Missus via traditional sources is scant rations. If they don't search the net, they get the potted view of the instant newsaphiles. And they vote.

Like throw away plastic bags, goods designed to be superseded and replaced on a regular basis, and a concentration on the now and the trivial, the news is a consumer product, and any high moral aspirations by the best of the trade, are overwhelmed by the tripe pumped out for the consumer. And like the other throw-away products, they tax resources, and heavily pollute the planet.

Perhaps, when history is written, the truth comes out, but that is a bloody long time to wait.

Posted: Thu - September 21, 2006 at 04:43 PM      
Home | Online Catalogue | Gallery | Mount Allan Community | Art History
Mount Barker | The Desert Star | Multimedia Gallery

  Site design by Rightside Response

Maintained by Bob Innes