How do people deal with the torrent of information pouring down on us all? What sources can't they live without? We regularly reach out to prominent figures in media, entertainment, politics, the arts, and the literary world to hear their answers. This is drawn from a conversation with Michael Malice, co-author of several celebrity memoirs and the 'Dear Writer' of his most recent book about North Korea's late dictator, Dear Reader: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il.
I'm on this secret Facebook group called the Troll Board, and everyone is just very irreverent and obnoxious and has the same sensibility. So what I'm personally seeing is that everyone is consuming media socially, because so much of our media is — and I'm understanding this because of my background with the North Korea project — so much of media is geared towards an audience, as opposed to general information. You know, if you're a Democrat you're going to refer to "revenue increases;" if you're a Republican, you're going to talk about "tax hikes." The very verbiage itself is determined by who's going to be reading it and what the reporter thinks. It's largely unavoidable and unconscious. So rather than being irritated and annoyed by stuff like this, it's a lot of fun to have people with the same perspective and ideas sharing together.
You know, Kim Jong Il — and he did this very intentionally, I think we do it unintentionally — he had the same thing where, for Americans in North Korea, you have to refer to "U.S. Imperialists." And you can't refer to Japanese people, you have to say "Jap Devils." Even the language itself is being used as a tool to force the reader to a foregone conclusion — the dear reader.