Funny Parallels
08 March, 2012
Funny Parallels

There had never been a government which likes to be picked at and nettled by mass media. Governments have always liked to be friends with the ladies and gentlemen of the press, but if for some reason the opposite happened, the governments were bigger losers as a result than the media – this of course being true only in the event of free speech and unfettered democracy in action.

Even in America –the land of liberty, faith and opportunity – freedom

of press is a funny thing to imagine and dream of. Most of the journalists there (I am not talking about a handful fanatics) feel utterly free to express themselves as long as their freedom of speech is not bringing any serious personal damage or threats of damage to their cushy lucrative jobs. Journalists here in Georgia also have to make money to survive and let their loved ones carry on in life peacefully and happily. Conscience, fairness and objectivity are relative and shrinkable values which need to be maintained for keeping face and for guaranteeing further successful journalistic employments. Otherwise, we the media horses are all very often defeated in the fight with our own internal selves. I have always wondered what was more valuable in life – pursuit of truth or pursuit of happiness. The belated answer to this keenly perceptive and penetrating question is still on its way to arrive. I am not sure though that it will reach the destination any time before I kick my journalistic bucket. Parallels are so funny in the process of comparing us with others! On the whole, we are all made of the same fabric and nerve threads – subtle, vulnerable, hurting and sensitive. The only differing type of a journalist was the Soviet species of it. The Soviet person of letters had an uncanny sense of a compromise line and knew exactly how far to go to stay in business and reach the pinnacle of fame. And there was not much to worry about the brains evincing the truth. The truth was very simple to perceive as long as you did not want to be a smart ass, excuse my French! The talent for writing was needed even then. Interestingly, you needed to be even more talented as a journalist in soviet era than now – concealing your real thoughts and obfuscating the truth in permitted cliches, and sounding talented at the same was almost impossible, but we did it. We just did it! This is why I think we were undoubtedly a generation of talented journalists who simply had to do their job to let the regime keep going. Stopping it from going was equal to letting your head roll. Who would do that! But look at the situation now! Our heads will still roll if we have an insufficient qualification for survival. The survival skill in Soviet times was one-sided. In our current non-Soviet time the same skill has to be multi-faceted, much more flexible and tailored according to many tastes, ambitions and political targets. Are things different at various times and in diverse lands? Possibly! But not as much as they might seem to many of us. Human stomachs are so bottomless! They need to be fed more intensively than our morals. Smells like Marxism, doesn’t it? Yes, it does whether we like it or not.

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