The Vestigial Mass Media

The “news” up to this point was supplied largely via the lens of the mass media. That is changing. Smart phones have us so interconnected that more and more “news” is recorded and distributed though social media platforms. The corporate legacy media is using that independently created content frequently as part of their broadcasts and it is frequently better and a more accurate depiction of the story than the crap the media giants produce/spin.

It appears this trend has reached escape velocity and cannot be contained. Those corporate gatekeepers have had the curtain pulled back and their agendas, biases and corruption have been exposed. The self proclaimed  “fourth estate” has show itself to be nothing more than the propaganda bureau for the politically connected. Their attempts to discredit these alternative content producers has backfired and grown the audiences of those independents. The numerous examples of the “very fake” corporate news’ incompetence and dishonesty further accelerates their demise.

This new media is far more diverse in the spectrum of ideas and issues it presents. It is also rarely filtered, occasionally shocking and disturbing as well. I’m not able to quantify its reach or even define exactly what it is. I fully expect that it will find a niche to inhabit and flourish within that realm instead of the restrictive FB or YT platforms.

For the curious minded this new media rattles and breaks the windows out of one’s own cognitive bias reinforcement “safe spaces.” My Cringe-factor gauge and offended meter have regularly pegged in the red zone. I believe it is good to go outside of your comfort zone to try to better understand others, even if that means I find it offensive.

Those corporate haircut / hairdos are in the rear view mirror, at best they’ll remain as a vestigial tail on the beast now unleashed.

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Dam dude

Rebuilding our infrastructure is a common rally cry these days. Who could be against that. Much of what is falling apart was first built during the peak of our petroleum energy endowment, now past peak and WAY top heavy in population and debt.

I don’t see a way out. Perhaps one will be found but I’m not betting on it.

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Left behind

The number of openly violent leftists is growing. Fueled by (imagined?) outrage and enabled by government inaction they are emboldened. The destruction of private and public property is accepted and expected wherever they gather. Assault is tolerated, even excused by self proclaimed tolerant leftists when a victim is labeled, correctly or not, as a nazi, fascist, racist or whatever the prevailing pejorative is.

Using violence against those of differing opinions and shutting down debate strike me as tactics of fascists. Yet those committing these abhorrent acts are claiming to be anti-fascists. Irony?

How much will this escalate? I’m guessing a good bit more as I’ve not seen much resistance to it, especially in an official manner. A response is not far off though. The social boundaries are bent and broken. Push back is inevitable.

Violence is never a good answer. The adage – Improve your argument, not the volume of your rhetoric comes to mind.

From my vantage point, the right, which apparently is everyone who didn’t vote for Hillary  has remained peaceful. It is my hope that trend continues as once aggression is unleashed the moral high ground will be lost.

Alliance with any group advocating for violence morally disqualifying, even if that is everyone else in the world, even if done passively. There can be no resolution brought about by violence. The physically defeated will not accept beliefs forced upon. Infected with their own ideals their minds will fester under the boot of oppression. The victors will be poisoned by the guilt of their moral failure. The root of those evils will sprout again, in unforeseeable forms and curse the future.

“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.” -Orwell

 

 

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Mixed Messages

The pop media, now exposed as “fake” is all over the place in its reporting on the early days of the Trump Presidency. I honestly cannot tell which tv news reports are true. I hear the bias- both pro and anti. What is spun, what is left out. I don’t trust any of them.

Pundits are whipping up the insanity.

Folks Trump is NOT King.  Don’t treat him or anyone else in that office as such.

The upside, just maybe this will awaken more of us to the dangers of a powerful central government and reject efforts to make it bigger.

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Women March

Yesterday’s turnout for the Women’s March across the country was impressive.

The primary message as I understand it is that Women will unify against efforts to dial back abortion on demand and sexism. Other leftist causes such as LGBTQ, Islamophobia, racism, gun control, and wage gap were also represented. Disapproval of the new President was universal as far as I can tell.

It was a peaceful march, refreshing. Typically leftist marches include a minority of vandals who steal the focus and corrupt the message.

The fear of this administration among many is real. The threat is difficult for me to see though I will remain vigilant. Seeing folks willing to stand up against government is a good thing. Perhaps more will awaken and be less willing to be ruled regardless of who is in office.

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A representative?

I did NOT see this during the campaign though a number of others have told me that DJT is NOT a servant of the establishment but a servant of US.  Hmmm. We shall see.

The Left, NOT LIBERAL, has an impressive number in lock step with their establishment. It appears there are plenty who willing cast their lot with a brand claiming to be tolerant and enlightened though their actions demonstrate otherwise. This same lot will look the other way when violence and destruction is allied with their cause.

I’m still filtering through the delusion. Nothing is certain besides the insanity of those labeling themselves left.

These are interesting times.

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45

It is official. Donald J. Trump is the President of the United States of America.

I can’t say I’m thrilled though I’m less distressed by his Presidency than the direction Hillary at the helm would likely take us. Neither convinced me to cast a vote their way.

His speech stirred mixed feelings in me. The giving the government back to the people message pleased me. The rest of the speech was filled with the same old platitudes. I’m not impressed.

Time will tell. There is a glimmer of hope left in me. I don’t expect American Greatness to be the result of the election, though it does feel like someone is at least putting on the brakes as we rapidly approach the precipice of delusion.

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