Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

medpot and the supreme decision

From: Jim <++++++@orcon.net.nz> Subject: Re: medpot and the supreme decision

on 30/11/04 1:54 AM, Blair Anderson at blair@mildgreens.com wrote:
> The media is complicit.

Of course the media is complicit. You sell more papers with "bad" news. Articles touting crime epidemics, etc are very bad news. Studies show people read "bad" news more than good news by choice. So bad news sells. In addition journalists are rather lazy creatures who prefer to take a press release from an "authority" and regurgitate it than do actual research. So they take the "accepted" ideas, filter them throuogh their own values, and call it reporting. And they get very upset when a journalist does the opposite.

We've seen journalists manufacture stories about drug use and win Pulitzer Prizes for doing so (only to get caught later). The press "knows" the truth and will report that which corresponds with what they already know.

And since the State (where ever you live basically) is in charge of the "drug war" then the biggest experts are the State. The State also controls almost all the research money so the only people who get funded for the drug war are experts who take the like the State wants them to take. So the drug warriors have a monopoly on the "expert" position or the media. There is nothing a politician likes better than "solving" a crisis. And the less real the crisis the better. Politicians also love hysterias as the heat they generate is political currency for them. They win votes by addressing "problems". This is one reason that any problem the State fixes actually gets worse. they have no incentive to solve the problem and every incentive to explain how it's getting worse.

/Jim

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