Friday, September 21, 2007

All the Half-Truths in the World, Don’t Make the Whole Truth (Or Any Truth)

Journalists think that by obtaining as many half-truths (distortions) about a fact, they will all balance out and reveal the whole truth. However, the reporter will first screen out all those interviews that don’t align with their “angle,” the editor will further delete to their own tastes (political and editorial correctness), and then the headline writer, will sensationalize it to make a dull story exciting, and so the story is quite different than events experienced by those actually in attendance -- who often have no interest other than their own self-importance at such an event.

Hardly anybody expects anymore at such forums, for somebody just to describe the actualities of the facts -- without grossly distorting them to monstrous deceptions and manipulations to get everyone to see things their way. That is the unfortunate fate of such forums, as well as the death of the media reporting on them. Something new and better must come into being -- that may actually be helpful in attaining the greater insight and affirmation that is the ultimate objective of all social communications. When that is not achieved, or recognized as important, than these forums have outlived their usefulness -- as seems to be the case with most of the venues easily accessible as the public dialogue.

Meaningful and productive exchanges inevitably must take place entirely in the improvisational opportunities that are authentic exchanges. By all accounts, that is indeed taking place more frequently -- among people who have that capacity for it. Others will think that ritualized and routine chatter and rants, is the way humans communicate with one another -- and no one will inform them otherwise. They have to recognize the value as well as the possibility of another way.

Many people do go through their entire lives without a single authentic communication with another human being -- and one can tell that, in the manner of their speech -- of one ranting to the world, certain that no intelligent person would ever listen to them. Most do give others the benefit of the doubt until they recognize that these rants are the full range of expressions such individuals are capable of. Invariably, they insist they are the true leaders of their imagined constituency, of which they feel confident speaking for the world.

So actually, it is quite nice just to be sane enough to recognize that one speaks only for himself -- and that in doing so, that is the ultimate expression of each individual’s being -- and not that one claims to speak with great moral authority for the rest of the world.

Such people are deluded at best -- and listening only to such people, is the cause of much mental illness and illusion in this world. Sanity is recognizing one’s truth only as one’s own truth -- and not projecting it on to everybody else, as the great problems in the world -- with all its paranoia, deceptions, manipulations, conspiracies and rationalizations. That representation of authentic being, is the most important task of public life -- beyond the constant partisanship of half-truths posing as the whole truth.

Once the clarity of the whole truth is understood, one has fulfilled as the whole reason and purpose for government and its institutions -- and not just going through the motions mindlessly repeating every day and every word said before, as though that alone, was the purpose and meaning of it all.

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At September 23, 2007 9:00 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

Can you believe these guys?

http://starbulletin.com/2007/09/23/news/story07.html

“City optimistic about commuter ferry
Star-Bulletin staff

The city's ferry ran less than one-third full during its first week of service, but the numbers are still good, a city official said Friday.

"One-third, that's pretty good," said Melvin Kaku, Transportation Services director. "Like any new initiative we believe the start will be relatively slow, but the numbers seem to indicate that there's a fairly good interest."

Kaku said he anticipates ridership on TheBoat to increase this week because fares are free starting tomorrow through Friday.

Kaku said a second 149-passenger vessel, Rachel Marie, should receive its Coast Guard certification and begin operating tomorrow. The Rachel Marie will add another four trips to last week's schedule.

Darin Mar, project manager for the ferry project, said he is more concerned with enhancing service to attract riders rather than actual ridership numbers.

He is using onboard surveys and feedback from the Web site to make improvements. "That's what will increase the ridership," he said.

Ridership numbers came in at 290 on Monday, 233 on Tuesday, 273 on Wednesday and 250 on Thursday. There were 96 riders Friday on two trips. TheBoat was more popular in the afternoon with about 200 more passengers than in the morning.

Using only one ferry, TheBoat can carry 149 passengers. It made four round trips a day, amounting to 1,192 seats Monday through Thursday. The average ridership for that period was actually 22 percent, or closer to one-fifth full. Part of the decrease in ridership was because there were no riders on the 3:05 p.m. departure from Kalaeloa to Aloha Tower. Mar said that departure probably was too early for commuters.

The city created TheBoat as a pilot project offering a transportation alternative for one year. Officials hope to continue the project if it is deemed a success.”

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One wonders what part of “actual” and “no” the city officials don’t get. -- Me

 
At September 23, 2007 9:07 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

This is a textbook example of how the newspapers (this isn't even an opinion-editorial) tries to convince us of that which isn't true -- but exactly the opposite of what is true.

They've been hoodwinking the public like this for years -- and getting worse with each edition.

 
At September 23, 2007 9:09 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

The only way to get them to change is to start canceling those subscriptions en masse.

Then maybe we can get some honest reporting -- and public service.

 
At September 23, 2007 9:32 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

I know the newspapers will protest, "It's not our fault -- we're just reporting what somebody else told us and we have to faithfully report what they told us -- even if it is a distortion/manipulation of the truth -- because that is their First Amendment Freedom that they can say anything they want to -- even if it is a total misrepresentation of reality."

"We're just here to be objective" -- as though allowing a favored few while disallowing it for those they don't favor, met those objectives -- of "objectivity."

It's long been my contention that modern information processing and distribution has to be done by modern information processors who do it on an entirely greater level of reliability, validity and truthfulness than the old newspaper paradigm of spinning the news. There is no lack of opinions about the "facts." What is overlooked, is that the facts, more often than not in the old media, are really opinions, if not outright deceptions and manipulations, disguised as facts -- which the old journalism curriculum does not prepare one to deal with.

"Journalists" are the specialists of writing -- for a time in which many other specialists weren't capable of doing their own communications (writing and speaking), but with dramatically increased education over the last fifty years, almost everyone was taught to write, and speak publicly.

And so more often than not, a person who is the foremost expert in their field, has enough communication abilities to transmit that knowledge to a wider, less specialized audience more clearly and effectively -- than one who supposedly can write about anything, but has no understanding or familiarity with any authentic discipline in knowing anything -- for a fact, and what that means.

 
At September 23, 2007 9:38 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

Despite the tremendous evolution of communication and information technologies, "journalism" is one of the few disciplines that haven't evolved but instead, resisted the changes because it regarded the new media and its resulting culture as a threat to their hegemony -- and while now, too late, when the handwriting is clearly on the wall of history, they are making a futile and desperate claim that it was their idea all along -- and they invented it!

 
At September 23, 2007 9:46 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

In another time and age, it was typical to have engineers and doctors who would proudly announce, "The operation was a fantastic success; unfortunately, the patient died."

Now we have boats and trains that run wonderfully on time -- with more capacity being added daily -- with nobody riding them, and that's "Not their job!, or concern."

 
At September 23, 2007 9:53 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

Is this the same ferry operation that keeps coming back every six years or so to grab that lucrative $5 million dollar grant and disappears after a few months of operation because the ridership doesn't justify such an operation?

That's the story that needs to be told -- but that's the one we won't read all about in today's newspapers.

Instead, they'll criticize the President or Governor for actually doing a good job! I guess that's the crime in their dysfunctional parallel universe of reality.

 
At September 23, 2007 12:12 PM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

Meanwhile, the "supreme" courts are upholding protests to prevent services that people might actually find useful and use -- from having an impact on life in the islands.

Apparently, all the useless pork barrel projects that will have no impact and significance -- is the kind of projects they fully approve of.

 
At September 23, 2007 12:20 PM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

Did you hear the one about the Hawaii resident who wore a fake bomb into Boston airport?

She was voted class valedictorian.

 
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