How Things Change

Things have changed in America since 28 years ago when I first arrived here as a very young teenager.

[By way of a preamble, feel free to read my note on the taboo against political discourse.]

In these days, even a Fresh Air (purportedly, the NPR art review program) turns into an odd farce when it attempts to sandwich ugly lies and political propaganda on the Middle East spoken by self-professed PR men in a delicious mix of music and film reviews --- a perfect concoction mixed on its way to co-opt the innocent and brain-wash the tired driving masses haplessly listening to prime time radio shows in hope of a bit of culture!

Perhaps, we are witnessing the era of the classy, well-oiled totalitarianism gone weary.

However, I will have to hold my judgement until a Terry Gross or some other anchor of a nationally distributed and widely-consumed program interviews people like Ali Abunimah on prime-time to reach millions.

In the meantime, the choice of the driver with an FM radio is a very personal one -- either submission to well-placed prime-time propaganda oozing with jazz and propagated, somewhat ironically, as some Fresh Air (e.g. the Jan. 18 program) or an effortful patience to seek and read alternative perspectives (e.g. this review of the response to president Carter's recent book or this direct translation of a sentence.)

It is not a great choice and many of us do not even have the patience to care or the luxury to make it ... So, good night, and I'll pray for a better day!

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