Normally that’s written – news media.
But there is precious little News, and Media is just another name for delivery vector.
As I was in the formulation process for this Post, serendipitously this article also popped up on my radar.
The myth of the free press. [Zero Hedge]
So I am going to take some quotes from it as I go.
However just as a quick point as we start – once you start examining the concept of “new media” – or News.. and Media…
It is amazing how quickly you fall down a rabbit hole.
(when the language you use as a medium/media is suspect… where do you go from there… ?)
But I digress, lets stick with my thesis for a while.
Which is pretty simple really:
What is served up as News, is not News, it is pretty much exclusively Anti-News.
Because it is served up by the “Media”.
Media is the short form name for – organised large scale distribution system.
And you cannot have an organised large scale organisation, without serious money and intent.
In other words it is owned and directed by people with serious money and a serious agenda.
It is a vehicle for them to push their point of view.
And if you let that system run its course for a couple of hundred years, you end up with an integral part of the command and control system.
Göring: Why, of course, the people don’t want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally, the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship.
Gilbert: There is one difference. In a democracy, the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars.
Göring: Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.
And of course the medium they had for shaping the will of the people was perfected by Jospeh Goebbels: Reichs Ministry of “Public Enlightenment and Propaganda“.
You think it is any different here… ???
“the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy.”
Have a look at my recent post [Book Of The Week] where I was talking about how the same shit has been going on forever. One of the points that the author made was that the press has been controlled by vested interests from the start as a political tool.
IT IS ALWAY AND EVERYWHERE THE SAME.
The medium is “owned”.
And the “News” is whatever they say it is – on so many levels.
Are the Kardashians’ news? Of course not, they couldn’t be more irrelevant. So why are they ever covered?
Because in the absence of a propaganda message to be sold, you have to fill the column inches and broadcast minutes with some suitable pablum.
Like that other staple of mass media – Advertisments – they need to get you to watch the paid for messages, so they throw in sugary confectionary to get you to imbibe. They know you love the sweet sticky stuff, so they sell you lots of that stuff to help their “medicine” go down.
They have to keep you coming back for more (opiate of the masses), and they need you thinking their way.
Which is to say, not really thinking at all.
Education is dangerous – every educated person is a future enemy. ~Hermann Goering
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” ~ Joseph Goebbels.
You think it is different here… ???
We have been sold the big lie for so long we can’t even discern the edges of truth any more.
And now some quotes from my originally referenced article:
The mass media blindly support the ideology of corporate capitalism. [Well… they ARE owned by it] They laud and promote the myth of democracy – even as we are stripped of civil liberties and money replaces the vote. They pay deference to the leaders , no matter how perfidious their crimes. They slavishly venerate the military and law enforcement in the name of patriotism. They select the specialists and experts, almost always drawn from the centers of power, to interpret reality and explain policy. They usually rely on press releases, written by corporations, for their news.
Ohh, that last is SO true – how often does the “News” devolve into the press commenting on something said by other press. A spectacular circle jerk.
And they fill most of their news holes with celebrity gossip, lifestyle stories, sports and trivia. The role of the mass media is to entertain or to parrot official propaganda to the masses.
The corporations, which own the press, hire journalists willing to be courtiers to the elites, and they promote them as celebrities. These journalistic courtiers, who can earn millions of dollars, are invited into the inner circles of power. They are, as John Ralston Saul writes, hedonists of power.
the mass media mask[s] the collaboration between themselves and the power elite. The mass media seek to wrap themselves in the moral veneer of the fearless pursuit of truth and justice. But to maintain this myth they have to destroy the credibility of journalists who shine a light on the sinister and murderous inner workings of empire, who care more about truth than news.
The country’s major news outlets … [are] craven handmaidens of power.
The mass media are plagued by the same mediocrity, corporatism and careerism as the academy, labor unions, the arts, and religious institutions. The press writes and speaks—unlike academics that chatter among themselves in arcane jargon like medieval theologians—to be heard and understood by the public. And for this reason the press is more powerful and more closely controlled by the state. It plays an essential role in the dissemination of official propaganda. But to effectively disseminate state propaganda the press must maintain the fiction of independence and integrity. It must hide its true intentions.
The mass media, are essential tools for conformity. They impart to readers and viewers their sense of themselves, [it] tell[s] them who they are. They use language and images to manipulate and form opinions. We are transformed into passive spectators of power by the mass media, which decide for us what is true and what is untrue, what is legitimate and what is not. Truth is not something we discover. It is decreed by the organs of mass communication.
“The divorce of truth from discourse and action has not merely increased the incidence of propaganda; it has disrupted the very notion of truth, and therefore the sense by which we take our bearings in the world is destroyed,” ~ James W. Carey: “Communication as Culture.”
The mass media allow us to escape into the enticing world of entertainment and spectacle. News is filtered into the mix, but it is not the primary concern of the mass media. No more than 15 percent of the space in any newspaper is devoted to news.
“the basic psychological formula of the mass media today… is a formula of a pseudo-world which the media invent and sustain.”
At the core of this pseudo-world is the myth that our national institutions, including those of government, the military and finance, are efficient and virtuous, that we can trust them and that their intentions are good. These institutions can be criticized for excesses and abuses, but they cannot be assailed as being hostile to democracy and the common good. They cannot be exposed as criminal enterprises, at least if one hopes to retain a voice in the mass media. Those who work in the mass media, as I did for two decades, are acutely aware of the collaboration with power and the cynical manipulation of the public by the power elites.
the internal pressures, hidden from public view, make great journalism and great scholarship very, very difficult. Such work, especially if it is sustained, is usually a career killer… journalists who step outside the acceptable parameters of debate and challenge the mythic narrative of power, who question the motives and virtues of established institutions and who name the crimes of empire, are always cast out.
The press will attack groups within the power elite only when one faction within the circle of power goes to war with another. “History has been kind enough to contrive for us a ‘controlled experiment’ to determine just what was at stake … The answer is clear and precise: powerful groups are capable of defending themselves, not surprisingly; and by media standards, it is a scandal when their position and rights are threatened,” Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky wrote in “Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media.” “By contrast, as long as illegalities and violations of democratic substance are confined to marginal groups or dissident victims, or result in a diffused cost imposed on the general population, media opposition is muted and absent altogether. The watchdog only bark[s] when [things] began to threaten the privileged.”
freedom of the press is as empty a cliché as democracy itself.
Well, so nothing new there then…
But I did want to comment on one thing – NEWS.
What constitutes NEWS ?
I am not sure we can even tell anymore – we are so mired in spin, propaganda and adverts we perceive that as normal.
It is perversion is what it is.
Gossip, celebrity culture, lifestyles of the rich and famous, sex scandals, and murder trials are NOT news – they are voyeurism.
Foreign correspondent reports are NOT news – they are propaganda, and agenda driven public opinion forming/shaping. Once you stop believing in any “essential neutrality” of the press, it isn’t even subtle of clever any more.
The English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous. ~ Joseph Goebbels
Just because some-one is despicable, doesn’t mean they can’t be right about you. The outsider looking in can most easily see the beam in our eye.
I can’t even watch the TV news anymore without wanting to throw something at the screen. The hypocritical, venal, lies and manipulation turn my stomach. There is no RISK of looking ridiculous – it is outright ridiculous, fatuous, and bordering on criminal.
I will say bordering, because they may actually believe the crap they say. Which makes them fools rather then villians.
So it is a toss up whether a cell or a bullet is the right remedy for them.
On the other hand, I don’t actually have to watch the “News Media” either, and perhaps that is the saving grace of our age, the new “Social Media” has the potential to remake the “media” and the social narrative and construct we live within. It can short-circuit the propaganda vehicles of the power elites. One can but hope…
But there is a big hill to climb, and a lot of people who are part of the problem… they love their chains, servitude and obeisance to the beast.
Substitute useful fool for authoritarian, and that is equally as valid. They are what sustains, supports and cheers our criminal overlords.
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