Part of this powerlessness (and I stress 'part of') has surely to do with information overload. Working in a marketing and communications team makes me painfully aware of the amount of information that has effectively been severed from its roots and slabbed onto a new plate with as much lexical seasoning as is grammatically correct. But this isn't a call to reroute blame onto the 'Media', for surely there is sympathy to be had for the majority of journalists, salespersons and information gatherers who would understandably rather work for some living than none at all, and those who, upon landing jobs, are pinched for both money and time. That 50-80% of the news comes from press releases cannot be so much the fault of average people earning their rent and food, than an economic and political system that has left simply too little for them.
What do we do, then, as consumers of information if we can't even blame the capital 'Media'? How can we tackle this powerlessness while admitting its influence?
My own way out is a compunctious one: Work in marketing and communications. Work from within an industry founded on the basic idea that more of the 'exact' word-image-timing combinations means more money, an industry that creates the very information overload contributing to that sense of human powerlessness. Oh, it sounds awful, doesn't it? The cheapening of words in a circuitous effort to disengage from the large amounts of soft-soaping meant only to sell services and products.
I do not know. Maybe there's a better way.