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Fact and Deliberate Fiction in the Era of Advocacy ‘Journalism’

We are unceasingly manipulated by today’s web monopoly giants, who control what we’re allowed to see

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It’s hard to avoid the conclusion that the Left has a large percentage of today’s youth in its clutches. To understand why so many young people are hopelessly deluded by a Leftist media onslaught, which invariably depicts America as evil, it’s useful to step back.

In November, 1990, 25 leading academics and media researchers gathered for a conference on, “The Impact of the Media on Children and the Family.” One of the organizers commented, “Given the diversity of participants, the conference reached a surprising consensus that values in much of the mass media, especially in violent and sexually explicit materials, are on a collision course with traditional family values and the protection of children.”

Following the conference, the coordinators reviewed available literature on the impact of the brutal and graphic elements in the media. “This review found harmful effects in 86% of the studies and ends the debate about whether or not there is harm.”

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Reality  Imperiled

The issue isn’t merely the prominence of anti-social messages, it is also the glaring deficit of opposing more-socially supporting messages that herald support for the U.S. Constitution, unselfishness, patriotism, deferred gratification,  and even respect for authority.

As former Secretary of Education, William Bennett noted there are many influences on the life of a young person. He felt that we could handle TV in popular culture to a greater degree if other institutions are doing their job.

On some level, virtually every adult knows that because we see something in the news or on the web doesn’t mean we ought to believe it. The media can be, and increasingly is, guilty of intentional misrepresentations. With any news you glean from the big three TV networks, cable news outlets, online media giants, The Washington Post, and The New York Times – especially The New York Times – it is vital to be able to distinguish real information from the barrage of Leftist misinformation.

More Intact than Depicted

Consider the media machine’s long-running assertions about the state of the American family. In his now classic book, Hollywood Versus America, Michael Medved observed that Hollywood’s perspective on the American family reflects novelty-seeking, eccentricity, and nonconformity.

Hollywood highlights people running to sperm banks, single mothers, and absent, hostile fathers. Contrary to all this, traditional patterns of family life remain surprisingly intact. Within the last generation, the U.S. Bureau of the Census figures indicated that most children in America under 18 lived with both parents.

“While out of wedlock child rearing is given inordinate attention on TV, evidence is overwhelming that such arrangements are disastrous for the children involved,” Medved noted. Stanford University’s Center for the Study of Youth Development showed that compared to their peers who live with both parents, and independent of income, race, or ethnicity, children in single parent families have:

* higher arrest rates

* more disciplinary problems in school

* a greater tendency to smoke, and

* a greater tendency to run away from home.

Children raised by never-married mothers are nearly three times more likely to spend more than 10 years on welfare than children raised by divorced single mothers. Television producers don’t care about these numbers and don’t read books that contain them – unless, of course, they have to testify before Congress.

Google Is Evil

The nature of your own life can be altered as a result of the misinformation and unreality that has glutted society’s information channels. A sizable chunk of what it means to live in a democracy and to be a citizen has eroded because of deliberate media manipulation and, increasingly, web misinformation dissemination.

Liberal Harvard professor, Dr. Robert Epstein, conducted a study of Google’s 2016 election algorithm searches. He determined that the results markedly favored Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. Epstein, today vigorously smeared by Google and major news sites, found that the monopolistic search engine “bias-steered” 2.6 million more votes to Clinton. This was achieved primarily by accenting affirming news about Hillary and disaffirming news about Trump.

Epstein’s research indicated that nationwide Google’s biased search algorithms steered a total of 78 million votes in 2016 to Democrat candidates, across all U.S. elections. A documentary film, “The Creepy Line,” available online at www.thecreepyline.com, offers details about the work of Epstein and others in this inquiry.

We are unceasingly manipulated by today’s web monopoly giants,  who control what we’re allowed to see. Let the news and information consumer beware, because this trend might not fade soon.

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Jeff Davidson is the world's only holder of the title "The Work-Life Balance Expert®" as awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is the premier thought leader on work-life balance, integration, and harmony. Jeff speaks to organizations that seek to enhance their overall productivity by improving the effectiveness of their people. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, Dial it Down, and Everyday Project Management. Visit www.BreathingSpace.com for more information on Jeff's keynote speeches and seminars, including: Managing the Pace with Grace® * Achieving Work-Life Balance™ * Managing Information and Communication Overload®



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Doing Our Best in Handling What Was Unforeseen

Despite obstacles, there is a way to proceed and still feel good about all that you accomplish

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By now, everyone has mentally marked 2021 as one strange year. (Actually with Biden and Harris ‘leading’ the United States of America, it was already marked to be a disastrous year).

While we can’t guard against the unknown, we can do our best with what we have. Each day when you compose your to-do list and begin proceeding merrily down it, do you take into account what is likely to occur in the course of a day?

No matter how well we organize our lists and how productive we are in handling the tasks, unexpected obligations, interruptions, and other developments arise that still could throw us off.

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How do you react when you are humming along, and all of a sudden, you get an assignment from out of left field? Perhaps your boss has asked you to jump on a task or project immediately. Maybe a client calls and needs something ASAP. Maybe something gets returned to you that you thought was complete.

Stymied No Longer

If you are like most people, you might become flustered. The intrusion on your time and your progress means that you are not going to accomplish all that you set out to before the end of the day.

Is there a way to proceed and still feel good about all that you accomplish?  There is, and it involves first making a miniature, supplemental to-do list that accurately encapsulates the new task that you need to handle.

Why create this supplemental to-do list? It gives you focus and direction, reduces anxiety, and increases the probability that you will remain buoyant at the time of its completion and be able to turn back to what you were doing before the task was assigned.

If you don’t compose such a list, and simply plow headlong into the unexpected challenge that has come your way, you might not proceed effectively, and you might never get back to the to-do list on which you were working.

Anticipating the Unexpected

Unforeseen issues and tasks that arise represent more than intrusions on our time; they represent intrusions on our mental and emotional state of being. Some people are naturally good at handling unexpected situations. Most of us, however, are not wired like this. Interruptions and intrusions on our workday take us off the path that we wanted to follow, and tend to be at least momentarily upsetting.

Hereafter, when executing the items on your to-do list, proceed with the mindset that there will be an interruption of some sort. You don’t know when it is coming or how large it will be, but it will pull you off course. The key question is ‘Can you develop the capacity to maintain balance and equanimity in the face of such disruptions?’

The good news is that you can, and it all starts with acknowledging that the situation is likely to happen, devising a supplemental checklist to handle the new task, and as deftly as possible, returning to what you were doing.

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Avoid the Post-Vacation Slam

Build in a small period for decompression and it will serve you well

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The holidays are here… Would you like to minimize stress associated with your  your travels?

Suppose your time away from the office is ending. Once back at work, you have a stack of messages on your desk. Your mail is eight inches high. There are email messages, memos, reports, and announcements all over the place. You experience extreme pressure to catch up. The moment you return, the whole world seems to falls in on you.

The Remedy

Plan your trips so that you return before you announced you would. Include a “decompression” phase in your plans; your trip is not complete until you comfortably reintegrate yourself. Also:

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* Take one less vacation day and build in a day for transition and decompression rather than coming back too abruptly.

* Avoid returning to work on a Monday if you can; a Monday is already a high-pressure day.

* Instruct others to handle or reroute as many phone calls as possible; and to segment your mail and other papers that come in. Return to a clean office and a clean desk.

* Unpack all your bags quickly. You might be tired, but the task will only be more burdensome later. Put all notes and papers in their place as soon as possible if you ever intend to act on them.

Whether taking time away near a holiday or merely for a few hours in mid-week, build in a small period for decompression and it will serve you well.

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