I rarely watch TV, for it's an addictive substance with enormously toxic
effects, but it's noteworthy in my mind that I can't tell the difference today
in tone and presentation between TV news, advertising, movies, and video
games. I believe in helping other people, in preserving the earth's
ecosystems, and in maintaining a strong middle class - am I conservative,
radical, or liberal? - and I'm sure I'm not alone in these beliefs.
Similarly, I suspect I'm not alone in finding the "War on Iraq" TV
graphics and swelling martial music on the evening news not at all different
from "Mortal Kombat III". Except that one is make-believe, and
the other a systematic and intentional framework of lies, half-truths, and
propaganda. Here are some
web resources where you can find out what's really happening in the U.S.
Listen to an hour of Amy Goodman. It will change your life.
It's hard to know what to say about this web site, except that it's, well,
perfect. I'm embarrassed that I haven't investigated it more deeply than
Greg Palast: Palast
is an American journalist whose reports appear in Britain, as they seem too
honest to appear in America. The
web site is not updated often, and mostly contains information which can be
found in his *INCREDIBLE* book, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.
But if you want to know what really happened in Florida in 2000, or what
America is doing to subvert democracy in Venezuela today , check out this web
site. To get a taste, read his unbelievable article about Rep.
Buzzflash is a collection of links to other noteworthy web content. The
site supports itself by featuring and selling quite excellent topical books,
which I recommend supporting (I bought David Cay Johnston's book on the
American tax system, Perfectly Legal, from Buzzflash, and it was
excellent). Buzzflash also includes really excellent interviews with the
authors of many of the books it features, and great commentary from Maureen
Alternet: Alternet is
a portal for liberal commentary, and provides useful links for national
columnists (Molly Ivins, Jim Hightower, Arianna Huffington, Robert Scheer, and
Norman Solomon among them). It also includes links to the incomparable Annalee
Newitz, who writes an incredible column about technical issues called Techspoitation. She's an intellectual
goddess! (an English PhD who knows Linux! - what more need be said?!)
Similar to AlterNet, but somewhat more, ah, wonky. TomPaine.com has featured great articles from
VIPS (Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity), for instance, and
includes a valuable section entitled, "Wonky But Worth It".
The Nation: You
should be a subscriber to this weekly magazine, which includes writing from
Jonathan Schell, Eric Alterman, and William Greider, among others. But
the web site includes valuable blogs (especially David Corn's - also check out
his web site), and some
articles which don't make it into the magazine.
In These Times: A
magazine which is something of a cross between The Nation and Harper's.
I have especially enjoyed a number of articles they've published by Kurt