Since everyone is supposed to be entitled to their opinion, I might as well give mine. I try as much as possible not to use the word ‘hate’ in my vocabulary but I almost feel like this topic deserves it. There was a time when the word ‘news’ related to a person’s interests and habits attached a sense of intelligence to the person’s personality. It was immediately assumed that one could hold a good conversation or debate about news reports and leave with a feeling of having educated or been educated with the individual in question. News was informative, enlightening, educating, updating and necessary. I remember one common command when I was growing up was ‘quiet, let hear what’s in the news today’ and it was all my parents needed to say. A day without reading a newspaper or sitting in front of the TV for a few minutes left one almost with a bereft feeling.

Well not anymore! If we are ever honest with ourselves these days, only about 5% of what is shown or read today is news and by that I mean informative, enlightening, educating, updating and necessary. The rest can only be described in my opinion as insulting to our intelligence, slandering, scary, insinuating, and unnecessarily repetitive. I refrain from giving examples because my intention is not to pick on any individual but just to acknowledge what society- and that embraces all of us from the giver to the recipient- has done to the media. As if that is not bad enough, we now have news stations that show 24/7 with breaking news and news flash and news update without much of an update on the report. It is enough hard work maintaining a balanced attitude towards life and being positive in spite of what life throws at one. The additional pressure of trying to put the so-called news reports in its proper place and dealing with it in its proper context; being able to sieve what is actually important and what is fiction or drama or someone’s biased opinion and even vents of emotion can be exhausting and over whelming.

If you want to be depressed these days, go sit down, put your TV on, tune into a news channel and sit there for 30 minutes. Do that for a week and see if your attitude towards life does not change for the worse. I say this with great sadness because the articulation and presentation of ones thoughts and opinion used to be a greatly admired art. Now it has been reduced to what can change a news report into something it could have been or should have been or what if someone’s imaginative ideas had been the case or what someone’s opinion is.

That is okay as a documentary even though I still wouldn’t watch it I am sure. And please don’t get me wrong, I love documentaries that give you food for thought and I am in fact an Anthony Bourdain fan any day as creepy as some of his journeys can be which just makes them even more fascinating for me. But let news be news and let documentaries and debates be what they are. The fantasies and movies have their place in the media too. Just let news be news, please.

No News, Good News

Since everyone is supposed to be entitled to their opinion, I might as well give mine. I try as much as possible not to use the word ‘hate’ in my vocabulary but I almost feel like this topic deserves it. There was a time when the word ‘news’ related to a person’s interests and habits attached a sense of intelligence to the person’s personality. It was immediately assumed that one could hold a good conversation or debate about news reports and leave with a feeling of having educated or been educated with the individual in question. News was informative, enlightening, educating, updating and necessary. I remember one common command when I was growing up was ‘quiet, let hear what’s in the news today’ and it was all my parents needed to say. A day without reading a newspaper or sitting in front of the TV for a few minutes left one almost with a bereft feeling.

Well not anymore! If we are ever honest with ourselves these days, only about 5% of what is shown or read today is news and by that I mean informative, enlightening, educating, updating and necessary. The rest can only be described in my opinion as insulting to our intelligence, slandering, scary, insinuating, and unnecessarily repetitive. I refrain from giving examples because my intention is not to pick on any individual but just to acknowledge what society- and that embraces all of us from the giver to the recipient- has done to the media. As if that is not bad enough, we now have news stations that show 24/7 with breaking news and news flash and news update without much of an update on the report. It is enough hard work maintaining a balanced attitude towards life and being positive in spite of what life throws at one. The additional pressure of trying to put the so-called news reports in its proper place and dealing with it in its proper context; being able to sieve what is actually important and what is fiction or drama or someone’s biased opinion and even vents of emotion can be exhausting and over whelming.

If you want to be depressed these days, go sit down, put your TV on, tune into a news channel and sit there for 30 minutes. Do that for a week and see if your attitude towards life does not change for the worse. I say this with great sadness because the articulation and presentation of ones thoughts and opinion used to be a greatly admired art. Now it has been reduced to what can change a news report into something it could have been or should have been or what if someone’s imaginative ideas had been the case or what someone’s opinion is.

That is okay as a documentary even though I still wouldn’t watch it I am sure. And please don’t get me wrong, I love documentaries that give you food for thought and I am in fact an Anthony Bourdain fan any day as creepy as some of his journeys can be which just makes them even more fascinating for me. But let news be news and let documentaries and debates be what they are. The fantasies and movies have their place in the media too. Just let news be news, please.

The effect that the media has by its presentation of happenings in the society on the everyday life of individuals.

The Media Age Of Celebrity Faux News

It’s all over the Internet. It’s prominent on the cable news stations. It’s become popular on the network news. You can see it in the tabloids in the newsstands. Everywhere you can see the tragic mistakes of the modern celebrity. It’s all celebrity bad behavior all the time. The media’s sensational stories of celebrities’ personal, sad, and tragic problems have created its own industry of faux news.

The sight of Paris Hilton going to jail created a frenzy of news media coverage for two full days. Hilton was the number three story on cable TV. It was the eighth most heavily covered story on network TV news. However, this celebrity faux news did not make the top ten stories covered in American newspapers. There was similar television media coverage after the death of Anna Nicole Smith. For days nearly half of cable news coverage was devoted to her story, making it by far the most heavily covered story for a week on cable.

Paris Hilton and Anna Nicole Smith are not exceptions. There are plenty of celebrity stories for the media and the paparazzi to exploit for faux news. They can choose stories involving the personal issues of Lindsey Lohan, Nicole Richie, and Britney Spears or the new legal issues of O.J. Simpson. There seems to be an endless supply of celebrity news for the media to report.

The media creates and distributes celebrity faux news because it can be packaged to appear to be sensational. It involves a celebrity that we know and therefore it appears to touch us in a personal way. For the television media it means ratings at a bargain basement price. The panel discussions, the speculation, and the experts are cheap. The same issue can appear on a cable channel all day or all week.

What does the American public think of all this celebrity faux news? The Pew Research Center for People and the Press completed a new national survey in July 2007. Here are its findings: “An overwhelming majority of the public (87%) says celebrity scandals receive too much news coverage. This criticism generally holds across most major demographic and political groups. Virtually no one thinks there is too little coverage of celebrity scandals.”

Who is to blame for the excess celebrity coverage? The Pew Survey states that “a majority of the public point to the media. Fully 54% of those who say celebrity news is over-covered also believe news organizations are to blame for giving these stories so much coverage. Roughly a third (32%) say the public is to blame for paying so much attention to them, and another 12% say the media and the public are both equally to blame”. In summary, the survey finds that 87% of Americans feel that celebrities scandals are over covered by the media. Nobody believes that there is too little celebrity coverage, and 66% believe that the media is in some way to blame for the excess coverage. It is interesting to note that a majority of young people under thirty blamed the public for excess celebrity coverage. People over thirty years of age overwhelmingly blamed the media.

This media obsession with the faux news of the sometimes troubled personal lives of celebrities is taking media attention and focus away from important national and international news stories and events in 2007. It is contributing to the “dumbing down” of American society. Indeed, it is very disturbing that we have heard little from the American media about the heroic story of Aung San Suu Kyi, even with the recent worldwide attention given to the sad events in Burma (Myanmar). However, we have heard far too much about the personal problems and issues of our celebrities. It is the substantive news that we could know, and don’t, that should concern us. This media age of celebrity faux news comes at the expense of real news, and poses a danger to a free and literate society.

James William Smith has worked in Senior management positions for some of the largest Financial Services firms in the United States for the last twenty five years. He has also provided business consulting support for insurance organizations and start up businesses. He has always been interested in writing and listening to different viewpoints on interesting topics.

The Media Age Of Celebrity Faux News

It’s all over the Internet. It’s prominent on the cable news stations. It’s become popular on the network news. You can see it in the tabloids in the newsstands. Everywhere you can see the tragic mistakes of the modern celebrity. It’s all celebrity bad behavior all the time. The media’s sensational stories of celebrities’ personal, sad, and tragic problems have created its own industry of faux news.

The sight of Paris Hilton going to jail created a frenzy of news media coverage for two full days. Hilton was the number three story on cable TV. It was the eighth most heavily covered story on network TV news. However, this celebrity faux news did not make the top ten stories covered in American newspapers. There was similar television media coverage after the death of Anna Nicole Smith. For days nearly half of cable news coverage was devoted to her story, making it by far the most heavily covered story for a week on cable.

Paris Hilton and Anna Nicole Smith are not exceptions. There are plenty of celebrity stories for the media and the paparazzi to exploit for faux news. They can choose stories involving the personal issues of Lindsey Lohan, Nicole Richie, and Britney Spears or the new legal issues of O.J. Simpson. There seems to be an endless supply of celebrity news for the media to report.

The media creates and distributes celebrity faux news because it can be packaged to appear to be sensational. It involves a celebrity that we know and therefore it appears to touch us in a personal way. For the television media it means ratings at a bargain basement price. The panel discussions, the speculation, and the experts are cheap. The same issue can appear on a cable channel all day or all week.

What does the American public think of all this celebrity faux news? The Pew Research Center for People and the Press completed a new national survey in July 2007. Here are its findings: “An overwhelming majority of the public (87%) says celebrity scandals receive too much news coverage. This criticism generally holds across most major demographic and political groups. Virtually no one thinks there is too little coverage of celebrity scandals.”

Who is to blame for the excess celebrity coverage? The Pew Survey states that “a majority of the public point to the media. Fully 54% of those who say celebrity news is over-covered also believe news organizations are to blame for giving these stories so much coverage. Roughly a third (32%) say the public is to blame for paying so much attention to them, and another 12% say the media and the public are both equally to blame”. In summary, the survey finds that 87% of Americans feel that celebrities scandals are over covered by the media. Nobody believes that there is too little celebrity coverage, and 66% believe that the media is in some way to blame for the excess coverage. It is interesting to note that a majority of young people under thirty blamed the public for excess celebrity coverage. People over thirty years of age overwhelmingly blamed the media.

This media obsession with the faux news of the sometimes troubled personal lives of celebrities is taking media attention and focus away from important national and international news stories and events in 2007. It is contributing to the “dumbing down” of American society. Indeed, it is very disturbing that we have heard little from the American media about the heroic story of Aung San Suu Kyi, even with the recent worldwide attention given to the sad events in Burma (Myanmar). However, we have heard far too much about the personal problems and issues of our celebrities. It is the substantive news that we could know, and don’t, that should concern us. This media age of celebrity faux news comes at the expense of real news, and poses a danger to a free and literate society.

James William Smith has worked in Senior management positions for some of the largest Financial Services firms in the United States for the last twenty five years. He has also provided business consulting support for insurance organizations and start up businesses. He has always been interested in writing and listening to different viewpoints on interesting topics.

Business News – From Newspaper to Internet

News media has evolved a great deal, from newspaper to television, and from television to Internet. Online media has played a large role in taking the news to much wider audience. Business media caters to a section of the society that is interested in this kind of news.

News, as some believe, tells what’s happening NEW and the NEWS word is just the plural of it. However, as per folk etymology, the word NEWS stands for all the four directions – North, East, West and South. In any case it tells us an update of what’s going on.

There was no proper media for news until the 17th century, when the newspapers came into being. The typesetting technology fostered the beginning of newspapers. Before that, it were the couriers who circulated the news. With time the new media kept on evolving. In 20th century, Business News emerged as a distinct stream of news.

The technology has evolved a great deal and so has the media for news, from Paper to Television, and from Television to Internet, more advances have come in the late 20th century than the rest of the history. With the advent of Internet, News has made its reach much wider.

Business news, as the name tells, is all about the business and commerce. Today, there are dedicated news channels, newspapers, magazines and digital media groups. This section of media caters to a section of the society that is interested in this kind of news.

With business news one can get

Updates about the Stock Market: There was a time when people lost a lot of their money in stock market through ignorance and carelessness. Now, with the stream of stock market news and experts’ advice on disposal, there is little chance that an updater investor would lose his/her money. News channels keep giving the updates about the trends in stock market. There are interviews with people who know as well about the markets as the back of their hands. This helps the medium and the small investor to minimize the risk while putting in their hard earned money. One also can check how particular stocks stand in the market and get instant expert advice by contacting the experts.

Information About Corporate World: These news networks keep a full coverage to what’s going on in the corporate world. They keep track of all mergers and takeovers and keep interested people informed. As the goings on in the corporate world have bearing on the stock market, it is important for the people to keep themselves updated about the corporate sector.

Budget Analysis: The budget gives an idea about the government policies regarding industry. This is the reason people are interested in knowing about the government’s outlook regarding various industries and budget gives enough indication. Hence, whenever the government announces the budget, there is full coverage on the TV, with complete analysis. Reactions from the common citizens are also accommodated in the budget. News channels simplify the budget report so that a common man can also understand what the budget aims for and what impact it would have on the industry.

Product/Service Reviews: Business news media provides the product/service reviews which tell us about particular products or services and advice whether they should be bought or not. These programs are very useful for the people who have little or no knowledge about new gadgets and services. More aware is the consumer, better is the service.

Business News – From Newspaper to Internet

News media has evolved a great deal, from newspaper to television, and from television to Internet. Online media has played a large role in taking the news to much wider audience. Business media caters to a section of the society that is interested in this kind of news.

News, as some believe, tells what’s happening NEW and the NEWS word is just the plural of it. However, as per folk etymology, the word NEWS stands for all the four directions – North, East, West and South. In any case it tells us an update of what’s going on.

There was no proper media for news until the 17th century, when the newspapers came into being. The typesetting technology fostered the beginning of newspapers. Before that, it were the couriers who circulated the news. With time the new media kept on evolving. In 20th century, Business News emerged as a distinct stream of news.

The technology has evolved a great deal and so has the media for news, from Paper to Television, and from Television to Internet, more advances have come in the late 20th century than the rest of the history. With the advent of Internet, News has made its reach much wider.

Business news, as the name tells, is all about the business and commerce. Today, there are dedicated news channels, newspapers, magazines and digital media groups. This section of media caters to a section of the society that is interested in this kind of news.

With business news one can get

Updates about the Stock Market: There was a time when people lost a lot of their money in stock market through ignorance and carelessness. Now, with the stream of stock market news and experts’ advice on disposal, there is little chance that an updater investor would lose his/her money. News channels keep giving the updates about the trends in stock market. There are interviews with people who know as well about the markets as the back of their hands. This helps the medium and the small investor to minimize the risk while putting in their hard earned money. One also can check how particular stocks stand in the market and get instant expert advice by contacting the experts.

Information About Corporate World: These news networks keep a full coverage to what’s going on in the corporate world. They keep track of all mergers and takeovers and keep interested people informed. As the goings on in the corporate world have bearing on the stock market, it is important for the people to keep themselves updated about the corporate sector.

Budget Analysis: The budget gives an idea about the government policies regarding industry. This is the reason people are interested in knowing about the government’s outlook regarding various industries and budget gives enough indication. Hence, whenever the government announces the budget, there is full coverage on the TV, with complete analysis. Reactions from the common citizens are also accommodated in the budget. News channels simplify the budget report so that a common man can also understand what the budget aims for and what impact it would have on the industry.

Product/Service Reviews: Business news media provides the product/service reviews which tell us about particular products or services and advice whether they should be bought or not. These programs are very useful for the people who have little or no knowledge about new gadgets and services. More aware is the consumer, better is the service.

No More Bad News

I recently read a story on BBC News’ international website about a town called Bend in Oregon. The article described how the town had boomed as an upmarket resort and desirable retirement location during the boom years which preceded the world economic setback which started in September 2009. In graphic detail, the writer reported on how the once highly-upmarket residential developments are now pockmarked with half-built shells, abandoned construction equipment and dusty weeded-over empty lots. The writer described how a once wealthy construction business owner, who had owned three houses at the height of the boom, was now living in a homeless shelter.

It’s not the first article of its kind that I have read over the last few months. Indeed, news websites have been chronicling ordinary people’s hardships in gory detail for months on end. It seems, as always, bad news makes a good story. By comparison, feel good stories are few and far between – how people are rising above their economic woes is almost invisible in the media. What kind of sick minds repeatedly want us to consume disturbing information about real people’s problems? You may find that question a little “in your face” but the problem is, from a long-term study of the way society works, constantly feeding us bad news exerts a measure of control on us – in consuming constant negative reportage, we subliminally self-satisfy ourselves that we are OK – we’re “not too bad” – so there’s no point in trying to rise above that normal level of “not-too-bad” – we could be worse off.

I don’t say this as some kind of throwaway remark – psychological research over the last hundred years has explored, in depth, the extent to which societal norms make normal people of us. Indeed, when asking the question as to the kind of sick minds that wish to constantly feed us negative news, the question might be more appropriately put – what kind of sick minds constantly want to feed off other people’s bad news? What kind of people take delight in reading the dirty gossip on those in the public eye? What kind of sick minds watch the “reality” TV shows about road rage, neighbours from hell…? I could go on and on.

The answer to all those questions is simply “Normal People”. Normal people are simply those that abide by the norms of society. You might think that this is a good thing – surely otherwise we’d have chaos and anarchy. But it is a bad thing. A few scientific facts will allow me elaborate. Normal people use almost none of their mental capacity – it is estimated, in fact, that normal people only use 1% of their mental capability. Normal people only perceive what they expect to perceive. Given that they are constantly fed negative news and how other normal people are living, their field of perception is constrained to a very narrow focus – one where nothing spectacular will ever happen in their lives. Normal people behave and react automatically, based on their internal conditioning, which was “programmed” into their subconscious, during their formative years, by their immediate circle – parents, peers, teachers, etc – and by society in general. In other words, we have been normalised right from the word go – when we were young and impressionable.

This is normality – this is the mass market for negative news. That negative news reinforces the perception that “I could be worse and not too bad is good enough!” It’s not. Why live the life of an automaton – where your actions and beliefs bear the horrible sameness of everyone else? Where your actions are driven by a subconscious mind which is focused in your formative years, living out a life that is full of self-fulfilling prophecies based on the beliefs that were foisted upon you when you couldn’t make your mind up for yourself? Why choose that kind of life – why choose not to be spectacularly happy and successful? Because you have a choice.

As a grown adult, you can either take responsibility for your own state of mind or you can stay normal. You can decide to tear your inner mind’s attention away from your formative programming – the result will be that you will stop reacting like all normal people and you will start acting. Your actions will be based on what you feel is best for you – and, believe you me, from having worked with hundreds of clients over the last fourteen years, best for you bears no comparison to the normal not too bad. This means that you can start having an abnormally successful and happy life – like all abnormally successful people, some of whom are so abnormally successful that we all know their names. Why? They stand out from the crowd. You, too, can stand out from the crowd.

You, too, can achieve extraordinary success – in your business or career, in sports, in your personal life, financially and in real relationships. All you have to do is use more than 1% of your mental capacity. As I already said, tear your mind’s attention away from the past – into the present. Yes, it’s that simple. Train your mind to pay more than 1% attention to the present moment and you gain control of the type of mental power that my clients describe as “life-changing”. Pay attention to the present moment using your five senses – every morning, before you start your day, take five to fifteen minutes to see, feel, hear, smell and taste where you are – you will, sooner or later, smell the sweet smell of success.

No More Bad News

I recently read a story on BBC News’ international website about a town called Bend in Oregon. The article described how the town had boomed as an upmarket resort and desirable retirement location during the boom years which preceded the world economic setback which started in September 2009. In graphic detail, the writer reported on how the once highly-upmarket residential developments are now pockmarked with half-built shells, abandoned construction equipment and dusty weeded-over empty lots. The writer described how a once wealthy construction business owner, who had owned three houses at the height of the boom, was now living in a homeless shelter.

It’s not the first article of its kind that I have read over the last few months. Indeed, news websites have been chronicling ordinary people’s hardships in gory detail for months on end. It seems, as always, bad news makes a good story. By comparison, feel good stories are few and far between – how people are rising above their economic woes is almost invisible in the media. What kind of sick minds repeatedly want us to consume disturbing information about real people’s problems? You may find that question a little “in your face” but the problem is, from a long-term study of the way society works, constantly feeding us bad news exerts a measure of control on us – in consuming constant negative reportage, we subliminally self-satisfy ourselves that we are OK – we’re “not too bad” – so there’s no point in trying to rise above that normal level of “not-too-bad” – we could be worse off.

I don’t say this as some kind of throwaway remark – psychological research over the last hundred years has explored, in depth, the extent to which societal norms make normal people of us. Indeed, when asking the question as to the kind of sick minds that wish to constantly feed us negative news, the question might be more appropriately put – what kind of sick minds constantly want to feed off other people’s bad news? What kind of people take delight in reading the dirty gossip on those in the public eye? What kind of sick minds watch the “reality” TV shows about road rage, neighbours from hell…? I could go on and on.

The answer to all those questions is simply “Normal People”. Normal people are simply those that abide by the norms of society. You might think that this is a good thing – surely otherwise we’d have chaos and anarchy. But it is a bad thing. A few scientific facts will allow me elaborate. Normal people use almost none of their mental capacity – it is estimated, in fact, that normal people only use 1% of their mental capability. Normal people only perceive what they expect to perceive. Given that they are constantly fed negative news and how other normal people are living, their field of perception is constrained to a very narrow focus – one where nothing spectacular will ever happen in their lives. Normal people behave and react automatically, based on their internal conditioning, which was “programmed” into their subconscious, during their formative years, by their immediate circle – parents, peers, teachers, etc – and by society in general. In other words, we have been normalised right from the word go – when we were young and impressionable.

This is normality – this is the mass market for negative news. That negative news reinforces the perception that “I could be worse and not too bad is good enough!” It’s not. Why live the life of an automaton – where your actions and beliefs bear the horrible sameness of everyone else? Where your actions are driven by a subconscious mind which is focused in your formative years, living out a life that is full of self-fulfilling prophecies based on the beliefs that were foisted upon you when you couldn’t make your mind up for yourself? Why choose that kind of life – why choose not to be spectacularly happy and successful? Because you have a choice.

As a grown adult, you can either take responsibility for your own state of mind or you can stay normal. You can decide to tear your inner mind’s attention away from your formative programming – the result will be that you will stop reacting like all normal people and you will start acting. Your actions will be based on what you feel is best for you – and, believe you me, from having worked with hundreds of clients over the last fourteen years, best for you bears no comparison to the normal not too bad. This means that you can start having an abnormally successful and happy life – like all abnormally successful people, some of whom are so abnormally successful that we all know their names. Why? They stand out from the crowd. You, too, can stand out from the crowd.

You, too, can achieve extraordinary success – in your business or career, in sports, in your personal life, financially and in real relationships. All you have to do is use more than 1% of your mental capacity. As I already said, tear your mind’s attention away from the past – into the present. Yes, it’s that simple. Train your mind to pay more than 1% attention to the present moment and you gain control of the type of mental power that my clients describe as “life-changing”. Pay attention to the present moment using your five senses – every morning, before you start your day, take five to fifteen minutes to see, feel, hear, smell and taste where you are – you will, sooner or later, smell the sweet smell of success.

How to Write a Celebrity News and Gossips Review

Personally I have found that these days many people are launching there sites on celebrity news and gossips. Well, certainly, every one wants to earn something and no doubt that the Hollywood industry is a fabulous place to cash with. It is mere this reason that hundred and thousand of blogs are today available on celebrity fashion, celebrity hair, and news related to them and specially on there private life.

But as soon as one hot news is posted on any of these blogs, a large number of blogs start copying pasting or rewriting the news for there blogs. Though the idea of rewriting is much better than mere single handedly copy pasting but I have even a more better and tested solution.

Yes, not everyone can afford to get a journalist to get news for a blog for the reason of money and sometimes for the reason of access and locality. If you are one of them then here is one and all time solution for your celebrity news and gossips related blog. What you need to do is rather write a review and not just rewriting the news. It sure is one word solution but if you want to know how to actually write a review then do not be panic because this article will tell you all about how to write a review on celebrity related latest news.

Writing a review works like a link bait and can also help you have many backlinks. Many other blogs can link to you for your news story and its review. So here it is.

For writing a review you simply need to follow some simple instructions:

– Your review should be a personal opinion of yourself or of a segment of society. For example what people though about a celebrity dress in any particular occasion.
– You can either praise the news or be critical by again adding some suggestions.
– In a review you can tell the readers about the differences or similarities a celeb had with some other celeb. You can also discuss the behavior of the celeb in a psychological aspect. In other words you can make your review look analytical. A review can be made by simply mentioning any latest celebrity news and then predicting its implications on the celebs life and the industry. You can always fill a review with critical sentences but if they are mature and not just negative would work more likely.
– If your news story about a celebrity is regarding any good step or initiative taken by the celeb then you certainly can have loads of ideas on that. For instance you can talk about other celebs who had also taken such initiatives in the past. You can also make a list of those who have been in such social beneficial practices and those who have not been there.
– If a celebrity news story is about a launch of a news movie, you can discuss about the role of the celebrity and then compare his or her previous work with the latest one. Again critical approach and appreciation can be an option for writing a review.

News and Society – The Power & Responsibility of Wealth

What do you think of when you hear the word “wealth”?

Now, what do others what you to think of when they say the word “wealth”?

It of course depends on the person asking, doesn’t it?

Depending on who your audience is, “wealth” can be a dirty word–especially in the political world. I always found it ironic that so many of the people in elected office who villainize the wealthy are themselves in that class. Strange, isn’t?

Another place where this twilight zone effect occurs is in entertainment. A recent article was suggested to me called ‘The Mess We’re In: The Challenge of Meldramocracy’ (by Glenn W. Smith). The article is by a columnist in Hollywood opining about the health care debate. He accuses one ideological group of scaring voters to their view using “melodrama” (but doesn’t suggest that that group might actually be winning the debate through factual data and sound reason).

And yet we have another ideological group that likes to employ guilt in order to get voters to support their advocacy of a nanny state–in this case government-run health care. The tactic is usually focused on the wealthy, as a way to either explain why they must pay higher taxes or why they should willingly give over their wealth.

Sadly, the tactic works and all too often. How do I know? Because the person who suggested the article is a millionaire, and a millionaire who has worked hard to become so. And because of guilt laid on successful people such as himself, he is willing to accept the irony that he (and others like him) should give up their wealth to the government so that politicians can re-distribute that wealth as they see fit. This is a terrible mistake if followed through to conclusion.

There is a tendency to equate wealth with arrogance or disconnected elitism. Absolutely this occurs and (again) the irony is that this trait is most often found in wealthy bureaucrats, aristocrats, intelligentsia, and entertainers doing the criticizing (or engaged in related activism), NOT hard-working wealthy such as my fellow entrepreneur colleague.

There is great power and responsibility in having wealth. In the case of the health care debate, people of wealth should not be the target of taxation. They need to be allowed to keep their wealth so that they can (continue to) invest that wealth into the free market.