Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Weird Media Events and Tactical Intellectual

After reading Wark's article, I immediately found a relationship between post 9/11 conspiracy theories and the control of the media. In today’s media, the context of a story is always somewhat distorted from the original plot line to a personal level for reference, yet we still feel the need to “identify with the news outlet as ‘our’ storyteller”. He specifically states, "Local interpretive strategies and authorities invariably script the event in terms which make it appear as if it were meant to make sense within the dominant local framework." Without question, 9/11 was one of the most disruptive media events in history, however, the resulting conspiracy theories made me question whether or not they spawned from common thought or as a result of the change in the event from the media.

Also, the use of “classified” or withheld information from the media makes me question the intentions for the medias projected image of an event. In any case, I did see how Wark presents the media as having the ability to steadily and voluntarily release information to update people to lead them in certain directions. In the case of 9/11, however, different media corporations, and governments, withheld information and public opinions from the plot lines. The manner in which the mass media releases or withholds any available information makes me question the direction they are attempting to steer the plot line. I simply don’t understand why mass media cannot present information like a geometric vector, instead of changing the position of different vectors to distort the time, opinion, or context of an event.

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