Thursday, June 2, 2011
Now, granted this is my reading of it and maybe I tend to look for hidden messages where none are intended. But it did get me to thinking, if their are hidden messages in what is treated as a light weight human interest report from a respected new source, is there any kind of media communication that doesn't have something riding beneath the surface?
I wrote a book and, without a doubt, I'm trying to send a message with it. And, sure, I hope that I can change people's minds, get them thinking about things in a way which (I believe) could improve their lives, society, the future, etc. But am I trying to manipulate readers? My story is certainly weighted to help prove my point, but is my message hidden? Would some people who disagreed with my point of view consider the message to be hidden within ostensible entertainment, somehow insidious?
A person can start to sound a bit paranoid (especially if the person actually is, as people have assured me I am, a bit paranoid), but all I'm really trying to get at is the idea that there's a difference between intentional messages that you're meant to see and intentional messages that are meant to reach you without you knowing about it. The line is fine and the less you agree with a given message, the more blurry that line may become. My point, as always, is that it's good to pay attention to what you're seeing, hearing and is happening around you. And you can be sure it's no accident that that's the same message I tried to put across in my book.