A Chilling Article

As you guys know, it’s very rare for me to bring out my political views and beliefs on this blog. I feel that I’m a professional and that my personal life should be kept separate from the professional, but this is something I can’t stay quiet about.

The FCC is in the testing stages of going to the various TV stations and “analyzing” their “biases” and “how stories are decided upon.” Well, that’s scary enough but it’s what comes next that’s the kicker.

They are also going to speak to reporters and station managers and give them 8 “voluntary suggestions” of things to run. Here’s just 2 of the 8.

1. Environment

2. Employment Opportunities  

Now before you jump on me saying I’m throwing out some right wing talking points, it’s not right-wing politics that drives me on this. The fact that the Government is going to sit there and “suggest” (aka tell them what they can broadcast) the news reeks of censorship. I’m sorry, but as a writer this is the deadly serious issue and I personally have had to adjust my writing already due to the massive politically correct landscape-but this takes the cake. 

If someone doubts me here’s a link to the story. Note that it’s written by someone who works in the FCC.

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304680904579366903828260732

Anyone reading this who is concerned about free speech, please reblog this and get the word out.

 

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Writers Need to Be Able to Think

 

Well, here we go again today. After reading the forums for a minute I stumbled across someone asking about what kind of technology people would create if dumped on a planet with just electronic readers and work tools. Ok…

Why wouldn’t people make the basic technology first: homes, vehicles, roads, etc? This is simple enough that it’s not that hard to think about what would happen. Why would high tech be the first thing they’d make-as some posters said in response. You can’t build high tech stuff without having basic technology mastered first, so the ones that provide transportation, sanitation and food would be highest priority.

See, this is what I mean about writers needing to think. Or, at the least, do a Google search on what is basic technology that a civilization would need to begin. None of its difficult to understand; I just don’t think some aspiring authors want to do any kind of legwork to create their story. Which leaves me with one question: How do they expect their story to be believable if they don’t do the necessary research?

Sometimes I wonder about the future of fiction writing…