Monday, December 29, 2008

The Power of the Press (Publication)



The old newspaper people (as well as those who presume and assume to know everything) would have us believe that the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, created a special class of privileged people with extraordinary rights above and beyond all other citizens, rather than merely ensuring the same rights to everyone regardless of any station and office, to “publish” their own thoughts. However, powerful trade organizations and commercial enterprises had a tremendous advantage previously, in dominating and controlling the publication process (press) until the costs of publication, became virtually free. But then one still had the challenge of creating original content, as opposed to replicating what is “owned.” That’s what much of the discussions about the “freedom of the press,” really was about -- that it was not "free," but who owned those exclusive rights.

So it doesn’t mean that those who label and certify themselves as “The Press,” know more than everybody else, are capable of knowing more than everybody else, or in fact, are more objective by training or disposition, if not by noble birth of entitlement. It’s always hard for a people used to “special” privileges, to now live in a world in which everyone is entitled to them as basic human rights -- even if it is an era in which every(wo)man can live like a king, which is largely in knowing how these days, rather than having all the money and power in the world for their exclusive use and enjoyment

A theme that was entirely overlooked in the disappointing year-end sales known as “Christmas,” is that in a time of falling prices, the consumer is king -- because there are far too many goods than can be absorbed efficiently in the marketplace during times of change. At times of such disruption and chaos, those with a keen eye for value can come off as “robber barons,” because they are at the right place, at the right time, and realize that -- and are fully prepared to act on that opportunity.

The great majority of people however, will let every opportunity pass them by because they are absolutely convinced that good things only happen to other people, and are constantly occupied with the envy that they are not somebody else, with somebody else’s opportunities, while letting all theirs go ignored and denied.

Such people grew up in a time in which the machinery of virtual publication did not exist, and still think their own role in it, is to take a seat in the audience as one of the faceless, nameless “masses,” and dutifully repeat what they have been instructed to say as their own lot in life -- and so when given the chance to be the person and identity of their own making, choose to be some fictional other, rather than integrating the wishfulness of their lives to their own daily realities, in which such wholeness of being and doing, is the simplicity of their existence.

Freedom of the press, is that liberation for everyone -- to fully take advantage of to create their own reality of their lives -- not as a fictional, wishful-thinking, and projection of the secret identity they wish they were, but simply to express that as who they really are.