"Avarice," by Mario Donizetti.
I am becoming more and more aware of the intrusion that sport and business is making into so-called News programmes. Am I imagining it?
Sky News, like many others, now accords around ten minutes (once it was fifteen) to both Australian and Overseas news, ten minutes to Business reports, and ten minutes to Sport. By the time irritating advertisements, polls, promos and the weather are added in, the news of the world is lucky to get ten minutes.
Now, being a suspicious chap, I ask why is the news on commercial channels being gradually reduced? Is it an attempt to dumb the audience down, make them more easy to manipulate? After all, if viewers don't get many facts then they won't start to ask questions about why politicians keep moving to the right or about why we are involved in America's wars or about why the gap between the rich and the poor keeps widening, etc. Where are the serious programmes that deal with world issues in detail, that hold serious debates? Thank heavens for the taxpayer funded ABC and SBS!
Is it an attempt by capitalist media proprietors to promote business as something of great worth and moment, something that should interest everyone rather than the shabby, greed-inducing, human nobility-debasing thing that it is?
With sport, is it an attempt to elevate what is usually nothing more than a violent game between grunting, sweating players who often lack any intellectual credentials and place it onto a faux-marble pedestal? Of course, accompanying sport there are the interminable adds which generate lots of revenue for media proprietors and further advance business interests.
I think the so-called 'news' slots on commercial television, examined closely, raise some interesting questions.
Do you agree?