the quote is from "1984" by George Orwell but I snapped this photo from the book "Beyond Hypocrisy:Decoding the News in an Age of Propaganda including the Doublespeak Dictionary" by Edward S Herman, who by the way died last year. He wrote the famous (or maybe not famous, since no one cares anymore) book "Manufacturing Consent" with Noam Chomsky
Project Censored, a student researched yearly project from Sonoma state University that examines the most underreported stories of the mainstream media, has lamented the concept of "junk food news" for a long time.
Mainstream media has pretty much been junk for like, DECADES...
So when it came out against Trump during the Presidential election of 2016, I was a little suspicious
Mainstream media could not contain themselves about how awful he was, and to truly demonstrate how awful he was, they went on and on about how he was the most racist man alive, how he was boorish and unmannered, unqualified for the job, he was the new Hitler, he was this, how he was that. A meme even circulated (not a product of a major news outlet but a colluder in the form of Facebook) showing how even past Presidents with dubious administrations from Bill Clinton to George H W Bush were all against him, because he was just such a threat to humanity
And that really made me suspicious
Trump is no good guy, but what had he actually done to deserve this smear campaign? He was friends with you all for starters? And you never complained about him before?
He made cameos in so many movies, and hobnobbed with the Clintons, even donating to their campaigns
And I'm going to suddenly now trust the opinions of Bill Clinton and George Bush ( either one, pick one);they are suddenly these woke good guys?
I have an old acquaintance ( let's call him that), to whom when I stated I couldn't undertstand the media hysteria surrounding Trump, and didn't trust the opinion of Bill Clinton and his fellow ex-Presidents, laughed at me. He said the the media had not been exaggerating their coverage of him, and he defended both the Clintons, claiming that all the stuff about them "was crap"
It makes you feel a little crazy when people you thought were on the same wavelength deviate so hideousuly from you, but then again, with allies and "friends" like these, who needs Republicans?
At any rate, I remember feeling unwell, a sickening feeling welling up in me that I could either not trust myself or the people around me, or were maybe both of these things true, or if only one was, which was worse?
Media manipulation is powerful, and lone star ideas are tenuous because the ignorant masses insist you are wrong
You want badly to fit in, so maybe superficially you go along
And then you read stuff that vindicates you, because you can rely on YOUR observations, and YOUR opinions, and YOUR thinking AFTER ALL
How many left wing activists have I known through the years, how many articles in leftist publications have supposedly questioned the mainstream media and professed how it's content is controlled by a handful of large corporations that would of course push stories that promoted their interests?
But when Donald Trump criticizes them for the same thing ( albeit with a personal interest, but who doesn't have a personal interest in exposing the truth when it benefits them?) suddenly the media needs to be protected? I mean, he's right when he criticizes Jeff Bezos and his ownership of The Washington Post.
CNN and Newsweek and The Washington Post and CBS and ABC all tell us the truth all the time and their right and ability to do so is being infringed upon for the first time ever????
Trump's election has made people crazy, and driven a huge wooden stake in the mainstream narrative
Everything used to fall into place, and be consistent. But now, if you want to criticize Trump, you have to backtrack and suddenly declare that former threats to democracy and decency, like George W Bush, are suddenly benevolent and WELCOME additions to our society. Less like "everyone who disagrees with me is Hitler", more like "Hitler did nothing wrong"
Because I would argue that our past Presidents rank right up there with the Fuhrer when it comes to international human rights violations and the right of sovereign countries to man their own destinies; do you know that one of our Presidents even dropped atomic bombs on an unsuspecting population in Asia! I'd say that was pretty awful, but whatever...
When Bill Clinton rapes someone, or molests women, or abuses his power to have affairs with interns, it's totally cool and boy does that guy have class. He's sexy, and oh-so-feminist; his wife is a bad ass.
When Republicans, or Donald Trump do it, it's horrific, and a vile injustice to women and humanity everywhere.
It can be a question of political bias, but then you make yourself vulnerable when you owe allegiance to one side over the other: you become a stranger to objective truth, and it seems like "gibberish" to you
A modern version of "one minute we're at war with Eurasia, and now, it is Oceania who is our sworn enemy": One minute so-and-so is okay, next day he is a villain, and it's totally okay when OUR GUY does it
And of course, I have to qualify all fo this by saying I'm not trying to defend Trump. But the media hysteria surrounding him is and has always been false, because our media outlets have never cared about real issues if they insist on parading stories about the latest Starbucks coffee drink and the weird way Donald Trump holds a water bottle, so while we might feel that all the information out there is just SO CONFUSING, we can be confident to depend on this confirmed indifference
Coriandra de Bambaway makes everything from scratch, even her own news