Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The Juice

For the past week and a half I've listened to pundits tee off on Fox media's decision to publish a "tell all" book by O.J. Simpson-- a "hypothetical" exploration of if he had committed the murders -- and corresponding interviews/propaganda on the media giants many tentacled outlets.

Finally Fox has come to its senses, cancelled the whole project and apologized to the families on Ron Goldman and Nicole Simpson... claiming ignorance.

Of course, the book project in itself is a disgusting, ill conceived idea, sure. However, I believe there's something bigger that needs to be examined. This incident is a prime example of why multi-national media-condensing conglomerations are a truly bad thing. The FCC, which was supposed to be protecting us, handed the keys over to such irresponsible companies back in 2004 and by default deemed them worthy to control ninety percent of all information we encounter on a daily basis. Now, companies like Fox are driving our information outlets. See how far they will push our moral boundaries and in turn our desire for such antiquated things as "truth", "honesty", "open-mindedness" and "decency".

Indecency isn't a woman's breast or someone saying, "fuck". It's media stunts like this.

It wasn't just the book that was sick, it's the whole damn company.


At 5:23 PM, Blogger michael signorelli said...

I'd like to qualify the last accusation, if I may. I agree, it is the fault of the "company" that something like this could be forced on the public (since it's structure allowed for choice employees to exploit their "creative" freedom, resulting in a tasteless oversight), but I wouldn't go so far as to say the "whole damn" company. The "whole damn" includes a lot of people (I'm talking about me, here) that were shamed and appalled by their involuntary association with said atrocity.

Also, within the company, before learning that the book was cancelled, many were prepared, including those with influence, to stay right with the lord by refusing any benefit from the book's sales. (I know that's vague, but I'm only stating that internal pressure played its part in defeating the publication of the book.)

We're not all vultures, joshua!


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