a twisted logic  

sparkee58 58M
606 posts
8/6/2006 4:15 am

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8/10/2006 11:13 am

a twisted logic


What is happening now with our media is not what you would call censorship. You can still basically write and say anything you desire. But, will you be heard? When you have Newsak 24/7 spitting out the government line over and over, no matter that it makes no sense, a lot of times they just wear you out. Lies repeated so often soon begin to resemble the truth in people's minds. If you were to hear the president declare the sky was green every hour of every day, soon some would start to see a slight mossy tinge.

The problem we have is getting a different message through the garbage that disguises itself as news. We report, you decide. Well, let's see, trash heap one or pile of shit two. Some choice.
Now, they are trying to get control of the internet, to silence the voices of dissent.

Jonathan Schell, The Nation's peace and disarmament correspondent wrote in this week's issue, "They have learned that it does not matter politically if 15 or even 25 percent of the public is well informed as long as the majority remains in the dark".

In the same article, he also writes, "The problem has not been censorship but something very near censorship's opposite: the deafening noise of the official megaphone and its echoes- not the suppression of truth, still heard and spoken in a narrow circle, but a profusion of lies and half lies; not too little speech but too much. If you whisper something to your friend in the front row of a rock concert, you have not been censored, but neither will you be heard".

I am reminded of Master Pengloss in Voltaire's "Candide".

"Master Pangloss taught the metaphysico- theologo- cosmolonigology. He could prove to admiration that there is no effect without a cause; and, in this best of all possible worlds, the Baron's castle was the most magnificent of all castles, and my Lady the best of all possible baronesses.

"It is demonstrable," said he, "that things cannot be otherwise than as they are; for all things have been created for some end, and they must necessarily be created for the best end. Observe, for instance, the nose is formed for spectacles, therefore we wear spectacles. The legs are visably designed for stockings, accordingly we wear stockings. Stones were made to be hewn and to construct castles, therefore My Lord has a magnificent castle; for the greatest baron in the province ought to be the best lodged. Swine were intended to be eaten, therefore we eat pork all the year round: and they, who assert that everything is right, do not express themselves correctly; they should say that everything is best."

I think Voltaire captured, in a few razor sharp strokes through the fog of centuries, the full picture of a compassionate conservative.

keithcancook 60M
17822 posts
8/6/2006 6:07 am

In any political society the crux of the game is to stay in power.


sparkee58 replies on 8/6/2006 7:42 am:
granted.
it's the means this group uses to justify its ends that should concern you.
to lump them all together, the good with the bad, and dismiss them as all having the same mindset, is too simplistic.

rm_PurryKitty2 48M/50F
9753 posts
8/6/2006 6:41 am

I agree with Keith!

Purry {=}

Purry


sparkee58 replies on 8/6/2006 7:45 am:
i don't disagree

of course the goal is to stay in power, but how many politicians would actually resort to stealing an election?

canyaz 48F
17087 posts
8/6/2006 7:40 am

As a semi-political world thinker, I am always amazed at how many choose to stay ignorant. As long as they have that new SUV, a vacation every year and the credit cards for all major stores, they are happy. Who cares that all of that was provided on the backs of someone soul. It seems politics are getting worse. But in truth, they are the same as they have always been. Back even in to the days of Solomon. Look at History and you will see the future.

There is a difference between a good BJ and a bad BJ.
canyaz


sparkee58 replies on 8/6/2006 11:32 am:
yes, look all the way back to the last ice age
that is our future, i'm afraid

FrankPicasso 52M

8/6/2006 8:49 am

In his farewell address in 1961, Dwight D. Eisenhower warned of the unfathomable level of influence wielded by an unchecked military industrial complex. He was right. Now they own the media. Give 'em time ... they'll own the internet.

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."

Keep on blogging, man. There are too few patriots around.


sparkee58 replies on 8/6/2006 11:34 am:
thanks, frank
they'll have to pry the keyboard from our cold dead hands, to paraphrase another brainwashed american

rm_1hotwahine 63F
21091 posts
8/6/2006 12:32 pm

Regarding the media, I am more concerned with the Wall Street bottom line effect on what is churned out than political spin. But as I read this, I'm thinking that there is more truth to what you're saying, at this exact moment, than I had considered.

The most interesting thing however, is my own reaction to that truth. Instantly, almost imperceptibly, I had a gut reaction to avoid it.

Therein lies the dilemma.

Yeah, I'm still [blog 1hotwahine]


sparkee58 replies on 8/6/2006 12:48 pm:
Remember the opening scene in the Tom Cruise movie, "Vanilla Sky"?
The alarm clock wakes him with the sweet voice of Cameron Diaz:
"Open your eyes."

Hopefully, someone will wake the country up.

catseyes23 61F

8/7/2006 1:31 am

Thanks once again, Spark.


sparkee58 replies on 8/7/2006 1:40 am:
and you're welcome once again, cats

AstirRelicLatah 64M
1993 posts
8/10/2006 10:41 am

They already own the media and the internet, it's called big business. The interests of big business is the status quo....this mostly translates that we get to do whatever we want with impunity as long as we pay off who we need to pay off in a manner that is consistent with morays of modern American society...Nothing new here, it's been going on for the entire history of the United States and actually longer than that in Europe.


sparkee58 replies on 8/10/2006 11:20 am:
That's true and there have been many oligarchic governments, even here in the US, at times (like now).
But we've always been able to right the ship before it sinks.
I just hope the Republic isn't listing too much to be unrecoverable.

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