Well yes. If, that is, a news article has a large audience. Which is one reason I aim to keep the audience for my blogposts under-the-radar. I learned long ago that too much publicity leads to “fame,” which expands the ego and distorts the mission — or at least it does my mission, which, in this case, is to pulse potent truths, questions, provocations “out there” at a subtle, homeopathic level.
This post below is a great summation of what’s going on re: “the news,” during this amazing period of time when the MSM is dying and alternative news sites proliferating. It’s exciting! Having been snookered by the constant covid fear porn pushed by the MSM once, some are not nearly so susceptible to the same propaganda re: the new supposed “Delta” variant.
Hmmm . . . “Delta” is the deepest stage of sleep. Maybe it’s only those who remain deeply asleep that will collapse back into paralyzing F.E.A.R. (False Evidence Appearing Real)?
Many more people are actually beginning to think for themselves; which they have to do if they wish to avoid contradiction. Because of course, different alt-news sources say things that directly contradict others. Very much UNLIKE the amalgamated MSM that I imagine still gets its identical 4 AM talking points, making sure that every single local station ropes itself into the dominant top-down narrative of current deep state propaganda.
Re: contradiction. It’s even more expansive to notice contradiction and tolerate it, allowing for “both” to be possible while committing to neither one as one continues searching for “the truth.” That requires a level of awareness beyond the usual; which is why I also say that people are actually beginning to think for themselves. As they do, their level of awareness rises, becomes less polarized, more inclusive and expansive.
Meanwhile, however, please remember that what is MOST important for all of us is what are we doing about it? Just thinking and learning is not enough. Each of us must act according to our own values within our own local sphere of influence. It’s time. Nothing less will do.
The coronavirus has accelerated the timelines on a lot of tectonic shifts that were already in motion. It’s pulled forward effects that would otherwise would have taken years or possibly even decades to play out. One of those dynamics is that the mainstream corporate press has self-immolated their own credibility in the eyes of their rapidly dwindling audience.
Until now the masses seemed to be inculcated with the slow burn of endless propaganda and sermonizing from as far back as the days of Edward Bernays (who coined the word “propaganda”). Now with the pandemic and all this talk about a Great Reset and the New Normal because of a virus that was made more infectious in a Chinese lab funded by US technocrats, this is all beginning to look (in the immortal words of The New York Dolls) like “too much, too soon”.
It may turn out that there is a saturation level of manufactured narrative that the public can be led to believe or tolerate and beyond that point it all begins to look like hyperreality. Not only do fewer people believe it anymore, more of them are done with even pretending to believe it.
With too many things that were presented to us as truthful information over the last year turning out to be wrong, or a lie and almost everything that was dismissed as “already debunked conspiracy theory” turning out to have more substance, we may be crossing that point now.
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But I’m looking beyond that, outside of network TV. The hottest news outlets are fast becoming independent journalists like Matt Taibbi and Glenn Greenwald, self-publishing via their Substack. That’s mainly email.
Joe Rogan has a larger audience than Rachel Maddow and Don Lemon combined. So too does Steve Bannon, btw. The few times I’ve been on his Warroom I was astounded at the reach of his audience. According to company sources he’s doing between 2.5 and 3.5 million downloads per day. The last people I would ever expect to be tuning into Bannon are telling me “I saw you on Warroom”. (It’s mind-blowing).
Zerohedge has more traffic than Huffington Post, Vox, Vice, The Atlantic and pretty well any of the other bluecheck nurseries for aspiring establishment shills.
It’s because of independent, renegade journalists and people writing outside of major outlets that these stories are starting go mainstream despite the best efforts of Big Tech, enforcing whatever canon the corporate press deems to be truth, or the establishment anointed “fact checkers” who try to step in whenever something looks to gain traction:
The Wuhan lab origin was suspected for over a year (and the Fauci emails prove it). Zerohedge was on it almost immediately and got deplatformed for their troubles. It was finally pushed over the line in a Medium post by Nicholas Wade over a year later.
Ivermectin may be next round and it looks like if it gets anywhere it will be thanks to people like Matt Taibbi and Brett Weinstein.
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What is the common thread here? It’s the power of decentralized networks and open source protocols vs narrative control that is promulgated from global governments, amplified by the corporate media, and enforced by technocratic platforms.