Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Things that drive me fairly nuts, Part LXII

On her blog, Toronto Star columnist Antonia Zerbisias writes:
This afternoon, CBC Radio One's Sounds Like Canada pre-recorded an hour-long discussion of Live 8 with Edge 102 program director and music historian Alan Cross, the Barenaked Ladies' Steven Page and moi. Guest host Jian Ghomeshi really got us riffing over rock star egos, the line-up in Barrie, foreign aid works, the cynicism over the the world's biggest broadcasting event ever in the history of the universe, etc.

I got my licks in, as I was booked to do, as per my column last week -- but an hour is a long time to fill. So, I grabbed the opportunity to blather on about the corporate role in exploiting Africa and how all of us contribute to that.

I find it ironic that African-American singers are behind the whole ''bling'' thing -- and yet Africans have been used and abused in the diamond trade. How much bling acquired through deadly means will be worn by concert-goers?

Next time you enjoy a candy bar, ask yourself about the children who picked the cocoa beans and whether they were fairly treated -- or paid.

And let's not even get started on the oil business.

These are the issues the corporate media, which are mostly promoting the celebrity aspect of the concerts, won't be touching any time soon. [My bold.]
AUUUUUGGGGGHHHHH! I am going crazy! Does A. Zerbisias not realise that she works for a giant, publicly-traded media corporation? And that she is paid by said corporate media entity to touch upon exactly such issues? And that she is at this very moment negating what she is writing? AUUUUUUUGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

Similar things that drive me nuts: All the articles in United States mainstream media about how the mainstream media ignored the Downing Street Minutes. How many mainstream media outlets have to write about how they ignored the Downing Street Minutes before the universe implodes? AUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGHHHHHH!

It also drives me bonks when Canadians on websites like Rabble complain about the one-sided coverage, pro-US of the Iraq War in Canada's corporate media... Are you kidding? I have read almost entirely negative or neutral or realistic coverage of the Iraq War in Canadian sources! The country stayed out of the war! And none of our federal political parties argued that we should join the Coalition! And we're still out of the war! AUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH!

I've said it once and I'll say it again: This is not 1988! Noam Chomsky's Manufacturing Consent is a dated book! You are on the Internet! And you are not the only one! There is more information available to you and anyone with a computer than ever before! You are not smarter than everyone else! If the kids can find the obscure fetish porn, they can find the Downing Street Memo!

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