The prompt Linda chose for this week is: “information.”
We are told that we live in the ‘information age‘; that information is synonymous with power, and yet those with the means to dispense that information: government, big business and the media primarily, often do so not in a spirit of openness, frankness and honesty, but with a view to, respectively: winning votes, remaining popular or covering their own tails; making profit or covering their own tails; and selling newspapers/gaining or retaining ratings, or covering their own tails.
Governments worldwide, sometimes with just cause but most frequently without, give ‘information‘ that will make them look strong and effective, or that will make their opponents look weak and ineffective, or that will hide their errors or their individual or collective acts of malfeasance. In the guise of openness, information that furthers the government’s cause, or at the very least doesn’t harm it, is released, suitably redacted either to conceal that which might not suit the purpose of releasing the information, or that might actually tell us something.
The media, meanwhile, mount so-called ‘sting’ operations, clandestinely filming staged scenarios in a manner that suggest they use Orwell’s 1984 and the worst excesses of the Soviet era as procedural manuals. Their declared intention is to ‘expose’ their victim’s wrongdoing or evil intent, and their method is to confront their victim with a reporter posing as a customer/supplier/investor/what-have-you who will ask prepared, loaded questions with a view, ultimately, of broadcasting a reply that has been edited to suit their nefarious agenda.
Business? They have shareholders to satisfy; shareholders who are likely to withdraw their support (money) if the business doesn’t give them the return they are looking for; hence businesses must work to maximise their profit by whatever means are available to them. Meanwhile, by paying enormous results-related bonuses, they are ensuring that their senior employees’ greed will push them to ever-higher and ever-riskier endeavours to maximise their own income. And we have all seen where that leads. And we’re still suffering from the fallout from that (except, of course, for those who are still receiving massive bonuses while increasing numbers are obliged to queue at food banks).
Cynical? You bet I am!
This is my offering to Stream of Consciousness Saturday. The prompt word is ‘stick’.
Here are the rules:
- Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.
- Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.
- There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” or “Begin with the word ‘The’.”
- Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments, for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.
- Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.
- Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!
- Have fun!