Posted from the U.S
If you are reading this post, I am not sure if you have been following a series of essays and posts that I have been writing for the World Economic Forum's weblog. What has started as a challenge about facts to a major media figure has evolved (for me) into a broader concept about the MSM (mainstream media).
A hypothesis, which I introduced at a WEF session in Davos as a question to members of big media, is that at times the products of the MSM industry can be compared to the products of the tobacco industry. The ethics, the business practices, and the primarily profit driven motivations of both MSM and the tobacco industry have many interesting parallels and similarities. I propose that while the physical ailments of the products of the tobacco industry are known (various cancers), the byproducts of certain MSM products, particularly those devoid of content, or of skewed content, are unknown. Will science in the future be able to track the harm that certain MSM products cause individuals and society in general? If so, what can, or should be done? The organ potentially damaged by MSM's products is the brain, and correlating the relationship between neural or behaviorial disorders and certain media is not easy, or perhaps possible. But I did want to throw this idea out there and see what some initial reactions may be.