Newspapers: A Dollar. The Truth: Free.

Print is for old people. City papers grasp for the young with columns by whippersnappers, youth stories and trends, but they do it for a generation who live in their rooms, would rather send video game bullets through their friends than kick a football to them (but who wouldn’t?) and unlike their oldies, know not to trust one story’s side alone in a form of media whose history is tattered by bias, propaganda and public opinion’s ignorance. Like, say:

Slave auction advertisement, 1829

Slave auction advertisement, 1829

Smoking makes you happy, mid 20th Century

Smoking makes you happy, mid 20th Century

... and the 21st Century.

The 21st Century suffers in motion

The internet exposes us to all this. We watch harmful opinions, celebrated violence – people die while we watch on YouTube’s raw news reports, seconds after it happens. But unlike the paper, so much more is splayed before us. Free, as knowledge should be. We all have not just the intelligence and power to see what’s worth believing, but the common sense. Imagine if the papers told us this – how many more of us could accept the angry, caught-up opinions that spit at us without logic, say in the Letters to the Editor page? We’d see so much further than them, rather than write back with all the scarce poison we can find in ourselves.

We are not apathetic. We were never ignorant. We are none of the stereotypes that fall on the youth’s shoulders, then slide dejected to the ground, realising they were wrong all along. “Kids these days care about nothing.” “I’m so sick of these kids and their petitions to help the starving.” “Why don’t the young go outside and play — no, grandson, I’m happy sitting in my chair all day, I won’t play with you.”

The fogeys who crucify their descendants are good people, misinformed so many times they believe it. If the internet only belonged to these people, maybe then we’d have less available to us. The upcoming online filter would censor far more things we have a right to know exist. With their eyes shut and ears blocked to reality, we have such an advantage. This is our time, our technology. Unlike previous generations, we will not fuck it up.

"No, we didn't label Iraq as Egypt. When we invaded, some jarheads wrote 'Egypt' in huge letters across the whole country. Yeah ..."

"No, we American journalists didn't label Iraq as Egypt. When we invaded, some jarheads wrote 'Egypt' in huge letters across the whole country. Yeah ..."

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