I had been chatting with the boy I've briefly mentioned over the past few weeks about potentially making the 3-hour drive to visit him today. We decided to wait until a better weekend for numerous reasons, but even if we had decide I should go today, I would not have been able to do so.
Why is that? Because of the media.
The local news in Nashville today announced that there would likely be a shortage of gas in our area because some of the trucks won't make it here until the middle or late next week. Best I could tell, they offered no substantial evidence of this. (Not to mention, anyone who drives knows that those truck drivers have no problem speeding along to their destination and cutting off everyone in their path. I find the claim hard to believe for that reason as well as that we had gas by the gallons only 2 days after the hurricane this weekend and find it hard to believe it'd take longer to get to us now than it did immediately following the bad weather.)
Here's the problem. Everyone went out and got gas. So now we have none.
Let's get something straight people. There are MANY reasons why I'm not using my degree in journalism to work for the media. One of the biggest? Journalism is supposed to be unbiased, but I think most of the major news media outlets are unbelievably biased. Any election year will prove that, but that's not what this post is about...
The media outlets are NOT non-profits. They are doing their thing to make money. Sure, they go around saying they are trying to get the best information to you as soon as possible, blah blah blah. But you have to remember that they make money every time they go on the air.
Someone who is connected to the oil industry is also connected to the media. If you've ever read the book Skinny Bitch, it's kind of like how people in the food industry are connected with the FDA. I guarantee you that money has been exchanged somewhere (and I'm not suggesting illegally or anything, but there are always ways) and the media announces that there is a "shortage" so everyone runs out and buys gas at the ridiculous gouged priced of $4.19 (or more) and cause all the gas stations in a 30-mile radius to run out and they make a helluva lot of money. (Don't even get me started on the price gouging. It's ridiculous we don't have a better system for nipping that problem in the bud. You gouge your prices? Then you spend 10 years in jail. I guess this is why I'm not a lawmaker).
You don't have to agree. And honestly? Don't leave a comment if you disagree. I'm not posting this to start an argument, and I'm being very honest that this is my opinion. After obtaining a degree that would enable me to work for the media, I am confident it is the last place I'd want to work. There's no such thing as sharing news simply for the sake of keeping the people informed these days. It's all about the benjamins.
Further commentary? The economy. The media is making it sound worse than it actually is right now. It's called sensationalism. If they announce all the banks are going under and we all go and pull out all our money, what happens? The banks go under.
I really think it's sad that we now live in a world where we think we have to know everything all the time anyways. I don't think it does us any good. We have a very biased media right now who is trying to raise fear and panic among us. This is not good.
Sorry for the rant. I know this is a mile away from my typical cheery disposition. I'm just getting fed up with all the crap the media pulls and that people actually buy it (literally and figuratively).