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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Pierwalker Log: January 8, 2019

Writing start: 10:11 A.M.
Finish: 3:10 P.M.
Total new words (est.): 1000
Edited (est.): 8400 + 6 poems + 2 book blurbs


1. Failure: 1000 new words
Notes: Writing about Luis is always a wonderful pleasure.

2. Book Three Melody: Off

3. Ant Story: Off till Thursday

4. Fractalverse V5: Third secondary edit of the sixth set of six poems; edit current blurbs

5. Cheapery St. Heroes: BII: Stage one edit of chapter six; edit current blurbs

6. Rapscallion: Read-through of chapter three

7. Gilligan: Read-through of chapter four

8. T-Bag: Off

Special Projects: None today

Extra notes: It's mind-boggling to me that we Americans haven't held our media to much harsher account for their continual enabling of the Orange Ass Boil illegitimately occupying the White House.

American media is hopelessly corrupt. There are a few good journalists out there, I grant; and a few decent outlets. There are those who work in American media trying to turn things around. But let's be honest--they represent a tiny, tiny minority of the whole.

American democracy is in steep, perhaps mortal, decline, and the media has had a significant and continuing hand in that. Trump's hatred of the media is for insane reasons. But there are many sane and rational reasons to despise it as well. Tonight's Trump speech about the wall-monument he is demanding to be built is a wonderful case in point. The networks are all going to air it, and without fact-checking it, which makes that speech a free propaganda and campaign ad. Democrats demanded equal time following it: the networks very begrudgingly gave it to them. That should tell you all you need to know which way the media is slanted.

There are many legitimate, rational, and timely reasons to despise American media. It is time to hold that media to account, and with as heavy a hand as We the People can manage. American media is fundamentally immoral, propagandistic, driven by ad revenue not the search for truth, overbearing, unwilling to change, willing to bury stories to further the careers of corrupt politicians, egomaniacal, and contemptuously vain and self-aggrandizing.

If American democracy is to be changed, the media must change first and foremost. Else any efforts in that direction are ultimately all for naught.

Don't watch Trump's speech. Instead donate $3 or $5 or $25 to actually good journalism such as ProPublica. Write your congresspersons and demand hearings on the media. Email your favorite TV network and rip them a new asshole for televising Trump's speech. Just don't sit on your ass and expect things to get better. Got it?