Good Press, Bad Press

August 2, 2008

One of the reasons Blogging was thought up was to allow people without credentials or three-foot thick portfolios to report to the world on anything they want. The world – in return, can read it as they please, put their opinions to the side, and look at someone else’s view. They can respond, either by contacting the original writer or writing a piece of their own that is either disagreeing or agreeing with the person. For example, instead of watching a Fox News reporter give a generic report on the Internet, all one must do is power up their computer, and through the internet, read the real story firsthand from a Darfur local. This is why I believe Blogging is the future, and unless the AP can follow the leader, media is the past.

So, with that said, I am greatly puzzled why people, although most feel the press isn’t giving the whole truth at times, still read and (some) daily worship media outlets that have been proven to bend or hide reality. And this isn’t just the obvious, big time newspapers, but magazines, too. How do we truly know what’s real and what’s a publicity stunt? Its definitely hard, with the entire entertainment business always on their toes for a new story, equipped with the best journalists out there. It is no doubt a complex mission. In truth, we don’t know who or what to trust. Everything from Newsweek to OK! has had its ups and downs, rights and wrongs.

And who knows, maybe a source like Hello magazine — who nine times out of ten will have their five page spread on something the celebrities want them to write – gets their hands on the juiciest story in entertainment history, and publish it. How would people react? Would they doubt its truth, and question the magazine’s credibility? Or would they praise them for coming out of their cocoon and reporting on something out of their realm? And what if the National Enquirer, a digest magazine with so many bogus claims in the past — landed themselves that same story — and published it? Certainly a story of that magnitude in an entertainment source that has a history of publishing such stories of false outcome would go unnoticed. It would be like Peter and the Wolf, with the Enquirer being Peter, crying out the same stories over and over again, at first to peril of the rest of the world, and then to their annoyance. And once Peter called it out one last time, this time for real, would the world take any notice?

And what if the hailed New York Times got that exclusive story and published it? In truth, everyone would believe it. Few would question its credibility, for this is the New York times, arguably the greatest assortment of press that has ever joined forces to make a newspaper! Even though many times before it has been wrong, made mistakes, and even tied the wrong ends, a story of this size and alleged importance must be true – especially from a source as large as this.

And what if that story was wrong?

What if Hello magazine, the National Enquirer, and the hailed New York Times just made it up? How would we know? The answer: it would be impossible. We, the general public, have no power compared to them – their higher class, credentials, reporters, leaders and owners no doubt know so much more about everything that all we are left to do is guess, pick and choose. And that is why blogging is the future. We can change this. No one would stand in our way. And now, with computers on our side, it’s the public against the press. And unless the press has enough sense to change their ways, we will occupy the throne of truth, and they will be merely a thing of the past.

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I’m sure this will cause a few mixed feelings, so feel free to put your opinions into comments, and I’ll try to respond to everybody. Thanks for reading. 

What Makes A Movie Bad?

July 14, 2008

When making the commitment to sacrifice two or three hours of your precious time to a movie, I’m sure everyone would love to know if the picture is actually good. And no, this does not just mean glancing at their ad on the LA times Calendar section, it means actually doing some research. The difference from a good and bad movie can be very slim, but in the end, it all boils down to you. The “starred reviews” won’t tell you if the movie is good, and most of the time even the critics will give you bogus and maybe even biased info. First, check out the actors in the picture. This is the first test to see if the movie is as good as it claims it is. I fell for this trick when I failed to check the cast of the second Fantastic Four, and paid for it when Jessica Alba’s painfully bad acting forced me and my brother end up walking out on the movie. Second, look who the movie’s studio is. Unless you are a 12 year old Miley Cyrus buff, you might want to stay away from a family movie from Disney, no matter how funny it sounds. Trust me, after the first 15 minutes of Disney’s College Road Trip, I learned this the hard way. Last, but not least, if you are planning to see a sequel or a trilogy, keep in mind if the first movie was good. If it wasn’t (ex. Shrek) then there is a slim chance that it’s actually going to be good, or even have a plot for that matter. But if the first movie was good, go for it (ex. The Bourne Trilogy and Ocean’s 11, 12, and 13). Many people I know would disagree with this article, but hey, look at my blog’s subtitle.