Sunday 31 May 2020

The mass media are evil liars. This isn't exactly rocket surgery, but hardly anybody believes it.

As we slide blindly, and willingly, into the Apocalypse; the most striking evidence of the hollow, casual evil of nearly everybody, is the inability to believe that the mass media are evil liars.

Evil in the sense of being overwhelmingly evil in motivation; liars in the sense that every single major item in the mass media is substantially and calculatedly false in terms of selectivity, distortion and/or outright fabrication.

The more prominent the 'story', the more gross and obvious is this rule. All the major and sustained stories in the mass media are both evil in intent and grossly dishonest; there is no exception.

All Of Them... This is about as easy as it gets. There is no need for discernment.

All that is required is simply the capacity to know gross evil in persons and institutions on the basis of multiple sustained experiences.

Yet this simple capacity is almost wholly lacking. Most people believe the evil lies of the mainstream media; again, and again, and Again - forever and ever, with no end. 

What can be done with such people? What can be done with such dogmatic, aggressively-defended stupidity?

Nothing at all, I'm afraid. Humans just-are free agents, and can defy God the creator of the universe, and their loving Father - and feel good about it. Most people in the world choose to believe and propagate the evil lies of the mass media - and feel good about it.

All that can be said is that evil has consequences, as night follows day; and those who freely believe evil liars are themselves evil liars.

And if such happen to be the overwhelming majority of people in the world today - then so be it. 


Wm Jas Tychonievich said...

The evil intent behind the mass media is indeed transparently obvious, and it’s hard to grasp what it might mean to be so naive as not to notice it.

However, even liars have to tell the truth a lot of the time, so I think discernment *is* called for. If they report an earthquake, or the results of an election, or a corporate merger, it probably really happened. Even a morally or politically charged story *may* be true — for example, I remember you believed the media reports about the Jimmy Saville scandal. When I’ve been able to confirm media stories with friends on the ground, some of them have checked out and others haven’t.

Bruce Charlton said...

@Wm. I was trying to imply "story" - the narrative interpretation. But the "facts" are always wrong as well. Probably because of the nature of knowledge, that there are no objective facts, not even earthquakes - we always participate in perceptions or else there is no communication of meaning.

As for Savile, I don't believe all the story details, but that the man was essentially as described I have had confirmed by at least three contacts. I was told this years before Savile died.

And that BBC London was a dangerous place, full of aggressive child predators. The media blew up Savile posthumously to disguise their own corruption, and it worked.

Wm Jas Tychonievich said...

I don't mean to imply that you believed the Savile story *because* the mass media reported it, but that in this case the media story turned out to be basically true (I think; I know the story only through you).

Bruce Charlton said...

@Wm - This is important. We are not, now, talking about the media story - we are talking about some kind of memory overview.

What I am discussing in the post (and todays post) is the actual media story as it appears in some specific part of the mainstream media - on a moment by moment basis. Actual newspapers and magazines, news reports on TV - or their sources in Reuters and Associated Press, and press releases from major institutions (including governments).

The control of remembered history is probably best regarded as a distinct, albeit related, activity; at any rate, the 'remembered' history (in the media) is often very different from the actual media reporting at the time.

For example, people and events that made very little media (or other) impact at the time, can be retrospectively amped-up into a pretended prominence. Conversely, huge events that gripped the nation or the world media for days or even weeks can be flushed down the memory hole.

Otto said...

The biggest psyops in history (19 corvids) has already been flushed down the memory hole: with the massive rioting and looting going on, everyone has suddenly completely forgotten about "social distancing".

"One day it’ll just a miracle, it’ll just disappear."

Ora Tevzre said...

@Bruce, thanks for that post about the media. I found it very consoling.

There was an episode of Little House on the Prairie I watched years ago where a newspaper opened in the town and the effect it had on the personal relations of the people. It was toxic. There were lies and half-truths and endless sensational headlines. In the end the publisher gets run out of town and things begin to calm down.

It seems the media never changes.