I thought I should comb and bring to my readers the daily ‘media intelligence’ on what is happening, how it is depicted to be happening, the effect of the representation of the narratives and the texts, the biases and the personal interests and so forth; that, a critical review of the day’s local, national and global media and press.
so first today, we have the Independent, a fine UK newspaper, with three fascinating stories on (1) the new ‘age of gagging order’, a move that was last during the Victorian age on the media, and social media (2) fantastic piece on Britain as ”overcrowded, overpriced and overrated’, as once I wrote, ”Little Britain: A model of a New Third Country, Poor, Status-less, a global joke at best”, the Independent article looking at my beloved city of Leicester writes;
”The verdict on Leicester is diplomatic: “Alive with the sights, sounds and flavours of the subcontinent, creating a strange juxtaposition with the Victorian factories and eyesore concrete architecture.” (Fair Enough).
(3) is on how EU is to ”take over literally, Benghazi”, the ‘independent North Libya Affairs”;
”The European Union plans to open an office in the rebel-held Libyan city of Benghazi to facilitate assistance to the rebel council based there, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said today.
“I intend to open an office in Benghazi so that we can move forward on the support we’ve discussed to the people… to support civil society, to support the Interim Transitional National Council,” Ashton told the European Parliament, meeting in Strasbourg.
Ashton said EU support would include help for security sector reform and institution-building.”
The Times, has a support for Libya Intervention with an article ”Leadership on Libya: Nato intervention to protect Libyan civilians is proving effective. Western leaders need now to maintain momentum.” (Pleaseee!!!). and another from some person named Sarah Vine headed ”It’s Usually Twits, who Tweets, Jemimima” (referenced to #superinjuction tweets unveiling the naughty celebs. To Sarah Vine, stuff it, your bohemian Insults for those tweetistas, you are one of them).
BUT THIS IS PERHAPS THE MOST CRITICAL PIECE FOR THE READERS, AN ARTICLE FROM RT WEBSITE:
”Iranian Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi claims that Osama Bin Laden died from an illness before the US raid on his compound in Abbottabad. Iran has documents to prove it, he said.
We have credible information that Bin Laden died some time ago of a disease,” Moslehi said on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting on Sunday, as quoted by ISNA news agency.
“If the US military and intelligence apparatus have really arrested or killed Bin Laden, why don’t they show him [his body]? Why have they thrown his corpse into the sea?” Moslehi asked rhetorically, FARS news agency reports.
Moslehi labeled the US raid in Abbottabad as a “PR campaign”, created to divert the attention of its citizens from domestic problems, such as the “fragile” state of the US economy.
“We believe that what the US is seeking, by dictated media programs, to overshadow the recent awakening in the region through the release of such reports,” ISNA quoted Moslehi as saying.
Bin Laden was killed on May 2 in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad, north of the capital Islamabad, during a special operation carried out by US Navy Seals. President Barack Obama announced the news in a special address to the nation.
The news of “justice having been done” sparked mass celebrations in the United States and then ignited a new wave of conspiracy theories after Washington refused to release Bin Laden’s postmortem photographs, claiming that they might instigate a new wave of radicalism.”
(The Article can be located here: http://rt.com/news/osama-dead-raid/)
Others are just same crap, following the ‘line’, and not challenging or questioning their ‘story tellers’, they are the Mainstream.
Afternoon article of interest: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/may/11/police-software-maps-digital-movements from guardian on the new levels of ”super-police state of UK”.