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I was impressed, order lopid online although unfortunately not in a positive sense, order lopid online at the number of  individuals, order lopid online however well meaning, order lopid online who were consuming and assuming information as being the last word on the event that transpired Friday. As the saying goes, order lopid online “you get what you pay for”.   There is another saying as well.  “Insanity is doing (or believing) the same things over and over again and expecting different results”. Over the years, order lopid online I’ve sought to better understand historical events and situations as best I can, order lopid online and moreover sought to be as objective as possible, order lopid online in  observing how the media reports and covers events. For most of us who have taken Media Communications and History courses, order lopid online we probably, order lopid online at one time or another, order lopid online were schooled in the history or science of propaganda/media manipulation and how that has played a role in the media and the information we receive via television or print journalism. What is interesting is while many of us are aware and knowledgeable of such propagandizing of information, order lopid online we seem to have a sort of disconnect when it comes to applying such discernment to the information we receive daily. We seem to readily assume the information we are receiving as being factually sound because it is coming from a television or from a ‘reputable’ newspaper. We seem to fail to realize that such venues are where propaganda essentially originates and impacts us the most. When you include the fact that most, order lopid online if not all information outlets are sponsored by various products, order lopid online industries, order lopid online and Foundations with vested interests and agendas that are perhaps not made aware to the public at large. As such, order lopid online one could say such media outlets at the very least are largely influenced by those who sponsor or more importantly, order lopid online finance them. Back to the “Oslo Killer”, order lopid online I originally read about the tragedy like most of us probably - via the internet. Essentially all of the information I read “confirmed” an attack was made by a Norwegian man, order lopid online Anders Breivik, order lopid online who was pretty immediately characterized as a “radical, order lopid online right winged Christian extremist” (even though now there is information contradicting such information). I have no idea who this person is of course. What interested me was, order lopid online like other accused persons by the media in past events, order lopid online the immediate characterization and evaluation, order lopid online along again, order lopid online with the religious affiliation. Perhaps it’s possible and yet it also seems to accuse an individual before there is an opportunity for more information to come forward, order lopid online as what seems to be occurring in this case. It seems, order lopid online that like other situations and events, order lopid online there is more to this event than this one individual who is presently monopolizing the media spotlight. There is also evidence now that some of the information received about this person was obtained by a potentially fraudulent Facebook account. 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One of my Facebook “friends” who I don’t know personally posted an article “Anders Breivik - Profile of a Mass Murderer” from the Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jul/23/anders-behring-breivik-norway-attacks), order lopid online which caught my eye, order lopid online namely again, order lopid online in the immediacy of the article being published and written after such short time. How does one write such a profile on a suspect so rapidly? I responded to her post posing questions to her about the article , order lopid online one being how can we assume such accusations and information is accurate, order lopid online especially after the media initially claimed it was enacted by “Muslim terrorists”? We could then immediately assume such information was correct after they had been incorrect with the initial accusation not long before? One would think the media networks would be sensitive to unloading such information. On the contrary, order lopid online it seems they don’t have to learn from past error, order lopid online certainly as long as we continue to unconditionally accept the information they are delivering. What equally concerns and interests me now, order lopid online is the apparent transition from “Islamaphobia” to “Christianaphobia”.   Neither such “phobias” in my opinion create anything other than unecessary division and irrational fear. I just saw a post of an article by another Facebook “friend” ( a person prominent in the Palestinian activist world)  titled, order lopid online “Why we should worry about Right Wing Terror Attack like Norway’s in the US” by Frank Schafer. This is, order lopid online mind you, order lopid online two days after an attack has been enacted in Norway and what better thing to do than ignite more fear and anxiety over a situation still unfolding. I posted a response with information pertaining to the potential Facebook false information being promoted by various Media outlets and she deleted the post altogether. Now it would appear, order lopid online we should transfer our fear or at the least redirect more of our energy into fearing situations that are at the least out of our hands, order lopid online and again, order lopid online being perpetrated by accused individuals without even a trial or any verification? Does this sound logical to you? I unfortunately will say, order lopid online that there are individuals in the world creating harm and destruction.   It is sad and such a waste and tragedy that there are people who promote conflicts like these. I had no intention of getting religious in this article.   And I won’t really. However since many in the media seem intent on doing so, order lopid online it’s worth noting that those who truly are “Christian” or “Muslim” are following leaders and ideologies who are the anti-thesis of violence. Why is it both Christianity and Islam ideologies/labels continue to be used by the media when describing such crimes, order lopid online when in reality is has nothing to do with the events at hand, order lopid online or certainly the philosopies of both religions? Of course there is the reality, order lopid online that there are elements of organizations that have been corrupted by money, order lopid online power, order lopid online etc. This is true of all organizations unfortunately - that they have the power to be corrupted. 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