American Media and the Flying Computer

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The Doublethink…

One of the most difficult things for me to deal with since moving to the United States is the rampant “doublethink.”  I find myself angered almost daily by the countless ideas in the media that are completely at cross-purposes.

Protecting freedom means taking it away; protecting family values means attacking women’s rights; protecting religious freedom means defending hate.  It often makes me wonder if anyone is actually paying attention or are they just waiting to hear something that resonates with them.

Shortly after moving to the States, I knew I wasn’t getting the “news” coverage I wanted.  So, as a part of ‘broadening my horizons,’ I sent out a request to my Facebook friends: “What American news sites can I go to for the least biased reporting?”

I got laughed at… and my American husband recommended the BBC.  Hmmm…

Living in Canada and occasionally reading American news often led me to raise an eyebrow; living in America and being surrounded by American news has often led me to being hoarse from yelling at my computer screen.

I know there are people who see the “doublethink”… but perhaps, like me, they growl and yell in private – but that doesn’t change anything.  Maybe, sometimes, rolling your eyes and walking away is the best course to keeping your sanity.

Perhaps I’ll develop that same survival instinct. But, I guess for now, I will continue to rant and when my response gets too heated, maybe I will listen to my husband when he says “step away from the computer”…

Better that than tossing it out the window, I suppose.

1 comment
  1. I know just how you feel, though I have also acquired no small experience rolling my eyes at the content of much of the Canadian media, too. Doublethink is not just an American problem, it is just more intense there.

    For whatever it’s worth, I have found that http://www.theatlantic.com seems to present fairly well balanced coverage of general topics, and I can live with the pro-science tilt of Discover. Among newspapers (but now increasingly restricted by paywalls) the New York Times, Washington Post, and Christian Science Monitor have long enjoyed highly esteemed reputations.

    It’s not much, and debunking sites like snopes.com also exist.

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