August 19th, 2002

Major Media
By James Castwell

I, make that, we, are flattered. The drum-beat continues from the 'Major-Media.' The usual cadence describing the Internet as a bunch of kooks and deviants. The drums, as we all know, only supply noise, no true information. And so it goes these days on NBC, CBS, ABC and many cable channels. The 'Big-Boys' are scared as hell of those of us who are a direct challenge to their established means of communication. And they should be.

They are controlled by bottom-lines and considerations far beyond my understanding. We, on the other hand, are not controlled, we are led. Led by you and those who participate in and on this web-site. Just plain folks whose backgrounds are as divergent as all America and beyond, but with a single idea; the kooky, deviant idea that somehow we should all try to make the world a better place for fish and fishing. Pretty subversive concept for some of those the 'Big Boys' to handle I guess.

You [major-media] claim loudly to present the truth, and all sides of it. The truth, all the truth and nothing but the truth; oh yes, with some opinion occasionally. You know what? You have no idea of what the truth is. You don't even live where the truth exists. You couldn't handle the truth if you did accidently stumble upon it. For instance, here is a piece of truth. We [the Internet] are here to stay and that drives you nuts. See, I told you you couldn't handle the truth. Here we are, non-professionals, in our own non-professional way, putting out the truth and honest, sincere opinion each and every day, no bias, no hidden agenda and no hint of slander.

More specifically, there are the lead columns here on FAOL, there are the constant postings on our Bulletin Board each and every hour by concerned folks sharing and helping in our goal. The unscrupulous idea of presenting information without contamination or bias, wow! You can always tell a leader, he's the one with the arrows in his back, and you guys still have a quiver full of them, keep shooting guys, we can take it. But, please don't squeal like a pig when we point out the crap and lies on your media.

Lately a few of the major companies have run afoul of the law, crooked bookkeeping I understand. I remember when you lauded them as giants. You know their names, you should, you have been promoting their wares for years. They are gone, we [FAOL and the Internet] are still here, and will be for a long time.

Your worst nightmare, the idea of actual information being shared on the Internet seems to be catching on. People are noticing it works, they read it, they like it, they find it unique, refreshing, and you know what? New, that's what. It is a new concept and they like it. And they want more.

So keep it up guys, keep those slings and arrows coming, you're pointing the way for those who actually give a damn to find real information, answers, honest opinion and just plain, unvarnished fasts. I know this is a revolutionary idea and 'sticks in yer craw,' but we are not going away and in fact we're gaining more respect every the day. ~ ~ James Castwell

Till next week, remember . . .

Keepest Thynne Baakast Upeth

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