Blogs: Crucial or a Waste of Time?

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Preface: Everyone who is not employed by the giant banks or their government enablers knows that the economy cannot stabilize unless they are broken up.  Bloggers have been saying this ad nauseum, but nothing is changing.

So we've got to ask the question: is blogging crucial or a waste of time?

Crucial for Spreading Accurate Information

We've all seen it.

A
story that bloggers have bird-dogged for many months, gaining so much
traction that the mainstream media is finally forced to cover it. [Note to ZH readers: as one example, Tyler Durden has broken many such stories, that the msm finally was forced to cover].

David
Steele - former 20-year Marine Corps infantry and intelligence officer,
the second-ranking civilian in U.S. Marine Corps Intelligence, and
former CIA clandestine services case officer - says that blogging is crucial for saving our country.

Dan Rather points out that “roughly 80 percent” of the media is controlled by no more than six, and possibly as few as four, corporations. As I wrote in July:

This fact has been documented for years, as shown by the following must-see charts prepared by:

 

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This image gives a sense of the decline in diversity in media ownership over the last couple of decades:

The mainstream media are rabidly pro-war and refuse to disclose that many of the "independent" pundits they interview are actually lobbyists. The mainstream press has become lazy, and most of the stories are fed to them by PR firms.

People want change - that's why so many voted for Obama. But as Newsweek's Evan Thomas admitted:

By
definition, establishments believe in propping up the existing order.
Members of the ruling class have a vested interest in keeping things
pretty much the way they are. Safeguarding the status quo, protecting
traditional institutions, can be healthy and useful, stabilizing and
reassuring....

 

"If you are of the establishment persuasion (and I am). . . ."

In
other words, many editors, publishers, producers and reporters think of
themselves as being part of the establishment class, and so do
everything they can to protect those in power.

No wonder trust in the news media is crumbling.

On the other hand, as I wrote a year ago, it is possible to get direct-from-source news on the web:

Many of the world's top PhD economics professors and financial advisors have their own blogs...

 

The same is true in every other field: politics, science, history, international relations, etc.

So
what is "news"? What the largest newspapers choose to cover? Or what
various leading experts are saying - and oftentimes heatedly debating
one against the other?

And as award-winning investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill said recently:

I think we're in a moment where corporations are more dominant over
newsgathering and news production and disseminating information than
they've ever been.

Contrary to that, though, you also have this sort of "citizen
journalism" rising up, where you have people that are staring their own
blogs or their own web sites.

So the blogosphere is certainly vital.

A Waste of Time

On the other hand, even with all of the millions of bloggers exposing what's going on, the powers-that-be are ignoring us.

Even
with high-level economics and financial experts demonstrating that the
economy cannot recover until the big banks are broken up, the
government is letting them get bigger and bigger. For example, an all-star cast of well-known experts says that we must break up the big banks, with people like Simon Johnson blogging about this daily for one of the world's most popular news sites (Huffington Post). And yet nothing is changing.

Even
with top security experts showing that the never-ending "war on terror"
is harming our national security, and that covering up for the
torturers and war criminals is making us less safe, the Obama
administration is continuing the never-ending war, and has swept
torture and war crimes under the rug.

I could go on and on, but
if you've been paying any attention, you know that our country is
headed in the wrong direction, no matter how many thoughtful writers
point out the direction we should be headed.

Moreover, the blogsphere is not a "free market" of ideas. Whistleblowers and many of the hardest-hitting blog posts get attacked or buried by the powers-that-be. Because of this censorship, there may be a highly educated minority of millions of Americans, but the majority still gets their news from the mainstream media, including the mainstream news websites.

So blogging may be doing nothing but blowing off steam,
and draining the energy which should be used for massive protests and
strikes. Indeed, maybe we are just shouting within the Matrix, in an
artificial environment.  Maybe we are having as much effect as
protesters in government-approved "protest zone" - miles from the
media, let alone the real events they are protesting.

Knowing stuff isn't enough. Being smart isn't enough. Indeed, being
informed and smart but failing to take action to protect ourselves is a
recipe for disaster (and perhaps even extinction).

Maybe we need to get outside the cyber-playground and the designated protest zones, and shout with our real, physical voices at real, physical people before anyone will actually pay attention.

Useful or a Waste of Time?

Do you think blogs are useful or a waste of time? Let us know what you think.