The news is real…

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Trafficking. Terrorism. Corruption. Massacres.

The news is not a TV show. The news is not something happening to other people. The news is us, the culmination of our decisions to inflict or ignore the pain. The news is the result of our choice to pass on responsibility to make the world better to others. News is the culmination of smart people manipulating the world for their own ends.

News should bring transparency. Sunlight is the best disinfectant, they say. This is true, until we treat what we see as entertainment, and not an invitation to take action.

Sunlight is the best disinfectant until the sunbeams are manipulated to create a picture that furthers the ends of the few. The news is now weaponised, working against us rather than for us, shaped by corporate interests, government spin doctors and kids with laptops in Ukraine.

The news can be real, a driving force for change. Where we are today, it really is not.

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