News Flash

Look, I’m going to make this perfectly clear: I don’t believe in terrorists. Your game is up. The distraction is over. I don’t believe in the threats of nuclear proliferation. I don’t believe in the danger of tyrants with weapons of mass destruction. I don’t believe in terrorism.

But I do believe in tyranny, especially that tyranny which is supposedly sanctioned by a democratic process. I do believe in terror: but the terror of hunger, the terror of unemployment, the terror of ignorance, and the terror of a too-small world. News flash: last year hunger and malnutrition killed more people war and natural disaster combined; war killed more people than terrorism; and while terrorism was broadcast internationally and headlined in every newspaper, journalists were somehow prohibited from photographing the bodies of dead American soldiers, returning in body-bags, to answer the question: how many lives per gallon?

But I don’t believe in Saudi Arabian funding. I don’t believe in networks that go deeper than most rabbit holes. I don’t believe in cunning purpose and imminent danger.

And so, when your headlines pronounce the latest act of terrorism, I’m going to put your newspaper down. When your headlines announce a higher terror warning, I’ll unsubscribe. I won’t be afraid. I refuse to be afraid. I refuse to be distracted. I refuse to be entertained. When the headlines announce a new lead on a terrorist attack, a terrorist organization, I’m going to do just the opposite of expectations: check up on my politicians, check up on the democratic process. When the headlines shout the news of the latest attack, the latest tragedy, I’m going to see what’s in front of the legislature, and what golf-course my president is on, and which corporate executives he’s with.

And I’m going to demand a new media. I’m going to take Jello Biafra at his word, and become the media. I’m sick of the lies. I’m sick of the distractions. I’m sick of the interested dinner-time conversation about red-herrings and the smoke and mirrors of terrorism, of otherness, of far off places that amount to a direct threat on my life and property. I’m tired of stale news. Of dry news. Of broken politics, of politicians who are above corruption because they operate with impunity. They sanction all their activities, and convince us that we’ve sanctioned them, too. And the media wraps and packages it all in layers and layers of print. But its time to tear the print away. Time to turn off the evening news. See what’s inside. What’s under all the pretty print and scary pictures?

Enough of the lies. Enough of the middle-path, makes-everyone-happy bullshit. Enough of the middle-ground. Enough soggy newsprint. There’s more than enough people in the world to support an alternative media. More than enough people to allow for a publication that reports on things that matter.

Every time a terrorist sneezes, a newspaper owner smiles.

Every time a terrorist sneezes, a corporation gets a contract.

Every time a terrorist sneezes, a politician gets his wings.

About Mark Egge

Two truths and a lie: Mark Egge is an outdoor enthusiast, opera singer, and a transportation data scientist. He lives in Bozeman, Montana.
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2 Responses to News Flash

  1. Sagar1586 says:

    and everytime i talk to mark, he becomes more cynical

    everytime i talk to mark he falls futher and further down a hole of isolation

    of extremism

    of a world of black and whites

    all bloody things in flaming moderation!

  2. jaderobbins says:

    I can’t wait for the world news version of Digg, but then again with anything else (especially anything democratic) is that the majority gets it’s way. What i hate is how hard it is for me to get LOCAL news. The Bozeman Chronicle’s site is a joke. What i would give for good bozeman local news that i could either 1. subscribe to online or 2. didn’t cost an arm and a leg to get a paper subscription to.

    RSS chronicle, PLEASEE!!!

    Back on topic, i don’t know, international and national news is important, but i really think that people don’t pay enough attention to the things that DIRECTLY impact our lives the most, state and local issues. Especially being that those issues close to home are the most “complained” about, but hey, what do i know.