I laughed the other day as I read another “Chuck Norris Fact” that someone sent me: “Nagasaki never had a bomb dropped on it. Chuck Norris jumped out of a plane and punched the ground.”
That’s, of course, fist folklore.
What’s a fact is a power I myself have been contemplating and caught up in lately: the Internet and the New Media revolution. As defined:
New media is a term describing media that can only be created or used with the aid of computer processing power. It is a form of media that includes some aspect of interactivity for its audience and is usually in digital form.
What have you (Internet) done for me lately?
Over the past few years, I’ve been flattered and grateful to have been reintroduced to younger generations through the “Chuck Norris Facts” proliferation on the Internet.
Then came the hundreds of video clips and parodies of my life and personage, even reflected in my latest television commercial for Mountain Dew, which has also shown up on a host of websites and blogs.
Most recently, I’m grateful for the popularity of my column at WorldNetDaily, which provides me a unique platform to address just about any subject under the sun, controversial and otherwise.
Quite frankly, it’s not like I need the press. I just believe we’re all called to use our God-given status and potential to make this world a better place. And, as long as I am on this planet, that’s exactly what I’ll do.
A new cultural war of communication
I must admit that I’m very intrigued and amazed by the whole World Wide Web craze and phenomenal expansion.
It seems like it was just a few years ago when computers were huge electronic monstrosities reserved only for geeks in the backrooms of America’s futuristic businesses. Now, most of us are getting our news and weather from our laptops, not to mention using them as our primary means of communication with others.
With the popularity of Internet newssites like Fox News, WorldNetDaily and MSNBC over the past decade, the days of watching the evening news with Walter Cronkite or Peter Jennings seem like reminiscing about archaic forms of reporting. A recent article in Forbes notes, “The media model as we know it is on its way out.”
Just a short time ago I was asking, “How did all this happen? How did this cultural media shift transpire?” Then Joseph Farah, the founder of WND, came along with an answer in his latest book, “Stop the Presses!”
I just finished the book and must say that it is a gripping adventure story and insider’s look of how the New Media revolution ended up in our laps. From the newsrooms of California to the webpages of the global community, Farah hits on the hallmarks of Internet media history in a way that makes for captivating, investigative reading.
The most fascinating parts of the book for me are the comments he makes on the contributions and clashes of media communications and the role WND has made in that new high-tech culture war. The fact of the matter is the creation of WND has not only given the world a truthful and alternative voice to news, but one that I believe is reflective of what our founders said and would want us to hear.
In “Stop the Presses!” Farah recollects:
Ten years ago, my wife, Elizabeth, and I founded WorldNetDaily with a very specific mission: “WorldNetDaily.com is an independent newssite created to capitalize on new media technology, to reinvigorate and revitalize the role of the free press as a guardian of liberty, an exponent of truth and justice, an uncompromising disseminator of news.”
WND: Watchdog News Daily
Since WorldNetDaily’s inception, it has remained a free press for a free people, preserving the truth and freedom found in the First Amendment. It’s not a conservative voice, but a radical one – an influence that is needed in our milquetoast world.
And at the center of it all are a bounty-hunter veteran news reporter and editor, and his wife, Joseph and Elizabeth Farah. They’re independent. They don’t shy away from controversy. And they’re not afraid to tell the truth, despite the fallout.
In his column, Joseph daily shows his unabashed prowess in telling it like it is. Stronger still is his backbone when it comes to addressing governmental problems, as noted in an earlier book, “Taking America Back”:
If we’re ever going to make the U.S government responsive to the will of the people, it’s going to take a revolution. I don’t necessarily mean a violent, armed clash between patriots who still believe in self-government and the forces of the U.S. Defense Department. But I do mean a real revolution. Nothing short of that can save us from tyranny, despotism and slavery. It’s just a matter of time.
While I don’t agree with every position of Farah, I admire his gumption and appreciate his no-nonsense communicative courage. Most of all, I’m glad he’s weathered the storms of personal and media criticism to continue to offer this world a daily dose of truths from WorldNetDaily.
Of course, WND is far more than Farah. Excluding yours truly, I believe it contains one of the finest lineups of columnists, commentators and journalists around.
My only problem with WND
Though my achievements in martial arts and my 30-year career in movies and television provided me with the popularity and I suppose the prestige to initiate many of my humanitarian efforts, WorldNetDaily has provided me (as well as many other columnists) with an exclusive stage from which to speak to all types of national and international matters.
My only problem with WND is that I didn’t find out about it sooner.
Happy 10th Anniversary, WorldNetDaily!
One of these days you’ll finally and adequately be recognized by your peers for your timely contributions in helping to start and expand the New Media revolution.
Help WND celebrate its 10th anniversary by joining Joseph Farah and other loyal readers on a seven-day Caribbean cruise!