By Tony Farkas
Wokeness gonna woke, and the media will work overtime to make sure that you know how the wokeness is the most beneficial and bestest thing ever in the whole wide world.
To better illustrate this, there are two stories I’ve come across in the last few days that show the decline of society coupled with its insistence that these events are exactly good and proper.
Many of you are aware of the ever-increasing prices that we’re being told are coming down (but that’s not what I’m referring to this time), such as egg prices. Many times in the past, we’ve been told that Biden is causing prices to go down, that things are both hunky and dory, and that patience will be rewarded.
However, the tune has changed, and according to a story in that once pinnacle of journalism — the Wall Street Journal — all of us could save money by skipping breakfast.
The most important meal of the day.
We’ve been told for years that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and there is tons of information out there touting the benefits of eggs. Now this.
Journalists exist, in theory, to help uncover truths. Larger media conglomerates used to take on governments at every level, but now it seems running cover is the more appropriate use of their resources.
Back in the day, though, there would be expert analysis of the causes of inflation and introspection as to the moves necessary to combat the inflation, and perhaps and editorial or two decrying the government’s inability to get things under control; now, we put out reams of apologia that amounts to not much more than “suck it up, buttercup.”
Moving on toward an even more chilling development, apparently book publishers have decided to change written works, including the classics, and having them redone based on recommendations of something called “inclusion ambassadors.”
Starting with the works of Roald Dahl, Puffin Publishing has people apparently skilled in the art of sensitivity go through books like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “The Witches” and “edit” them to make them more inclusive and less derogatory, essentially forcing woke language into the classics.
We no longer refer to men and women, or boys and girl, opting for generic term as opposed to gender indentifiers; people are no longer referred to as fat; and anything deemed demeaning is outright excised.
According to news reports, it’s being done to ensure that these classic works can continue to be enjoyed today, meaning, if it offends, we mend, regardless of the author’s intent or the validity of keeping works in the vernacular of the times.
In George Orwell’s “1984,” Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth as a flunky who rewrites news articles, changing the tone to positive so it reflects well on the government, or to represent the current policy of the nation.
This is very similar, and while it seems voluntary (it’s done with the blessing of the Roald Dahl Foundation), it’s the first toe dipped into a lake that could end not only with full-on rewrites but even enter “Fahrenheit 451” territory. Don’t worry about removing books from libraries any more, we’ll just “fix” them at the publishing house, and our delicate sensibilities will never be upset again.
Journalists that don’t champion truth in either reporting or writing are not longer journalists, but MiniTruth employees, Pravda on woke steroids.