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On the Edge of the Abyss – Part 5 – Media

September 1, 2015 Leave a comment

Media

This society is all about the surface of life, appealing to your desires, the quick fix .. too few of us look beneath the dogma and beliefs to find what is real.

The greatest tool for the continuation of this paradigm, well any paradigm is the media of the time … depending on the government … State, Corporate, or other – when the state and corporate merge as is the case now, freedom is truly under threat. We are in effect in a Theocracy where the word of a spiritual guide has been replaced with the word of the one percent … pursuing their agenda of control and consumption.

In society, beliefs that originate through dogma are tools for social conditioning and compliance, rather than any personal expressions of an inner realisation or an universal truth, at time in our lives comes when we can transcend this, when we no longer see that the system serves the common good, or any good, then old dogmas that are fully investigated and seen that to have no foundation … at this point they can become springboard for spiritual growth, when we strip away the layers of beliefs and dogmas to arrive at what is reality to us. For our individual reality is a convergence of many things, a compilation of beliefs, values, childhood and life experiences all create how we see and relate to what is an essentially neutral world.

When we are brought into this world we are like a blank slate … nature has by and large finished her work, then for the rest of our life it is our attitudes, values and beliefs which determine our choices, using these tools, we create our lives.

The lessons we receive whilst we are growing up and how we are nurtured and created lay the foundation for who we become.

Projecting our beliefs (by in many cases by denial, disbelief or skeptical behaviours), is a way which I would suggest the majority of us handle the world, learnt from our environment whilst growing up – for instance, the erroneous belief that there is only one right way to live, is at the root of all conflict in the world ~ Government agendas and their war machines are the single greatest factor that determines the future of the world, and the greatest cause of suffering in the world.

What initially determines our belief system is the family or nurturing environment as well as the society we live in … made up of individuals, families, communities, groups, and onwards.

A very prevalent problem in Australia is abuse within families, where their partners, physically, emotionally and verbally abuse spouses and children! This is perpetrated normally by men. It is a symptom of this, of belief systems (and the expectations that society and family places on the individual) and sometimes the abuser was abused as a child .. a cycle of violence.

The external pressures that are placed on people to “keep up with the Jones” to maintain the perception that they are successful that they are living the dream, in other words the availability or not of money… this paradigm has found a fix for that as well .. debt .. as we have found with the gross injustices that are affecting the Greek people… the oppression of Greece as been brought about by money .. debt .. In a personal environment, this debt cycle is brought about due to the easy availability of money, where the borrower “needs” to consume or purchase an product or service – we pay for money not only in money but also in our liberty.

Why would I go over old ground? Simply because in this day and age the largest purveyor and distributor of doctrine, or ideology, to establish and maintain this belief system is the media … the legacy world mass media, that shapes our beliefs and to what this society values … a fading representation of this is the desire to achieve … any country is sustained by the foundation of any society that rests on its laws, its enforcement (police & judicial) and its money.

To over identify with a belief an ideology or a religion is to act unconsciously, for then we prioritise the outcome rather than the integrity of the process. This happens in every ideology … at some point the ideology and its survival to deliver its outcome becomes the only measure, individuals within the system carry out the protocols of the ideology as good soldiers for the prospect of their own advancement within a self destructing bubble, their expedience will have no bounds.

All ideologies follow this path.

MEDIA

Defined as – All means of mass information and communication.

We would normally define Old Mass Media as the following –

(1) Broadcast media (radio, recorded music, film and television)

(2) Print media use a physical object such as a newspapers, magazine, books, pamphlet or comics

(3) Outdoor media are a form of mass media that comprises billboards, signs, or placards placed inside and outside of commercial buildings, sports stadiums, shops, and buses-Billboards (signs in tow of airplanes), blimps, skywriting, AR (Augmented Reality) Advertising. Public speaking and event organising can also be considered forms of mass media, tough sometimes to a niche market.

The essential difference between Mass / Old media and Social Media is a paradigm shift. It’s the difference between a passive and an engaged relationship.

Books themselves were one of the first forms of mass media, before Gutenberg in the 15th Century, a book in various forms have been with us for approximately 5,000 years.

Nowadays, blogs and other distribution means such as RSS feeds, can also be considered as mass media.

I think we can judge Old Mass Media, or legacy media as a passive media, for there is generally no way of the viewer to question, engage with the content being offered. Social Media on the other hand is interactive and then the consumer of the media can offer their own opinion and sometimes insight into the media platform itself …

All areas of mass media have undergone rapid consolidation over the years, now we are at a point where ownership of the majority of media assets in concentrated in the hands of a very few … although very few media organisation are truly independent, most have an agenda, liberal or otherwise, some of which are designed to be truly divisive, even fascist .. all have a place in a free society, however when the majority of the organisations are funded through the advertising dollar, there is huge grounds for corruption … by selected news that appeals to the ownership of the media outlet because of an ownership agenda, a rating decision or to appease an advertiser – truth is sacrificed like all that is of honour to the altar of money and influence, or in the worst sense raw power.

It is in this way that censorship has become very apparent .. where in this case, news is selected rather than reported, where in the case of the editors of News Corp’s newspapers all have an epiphany on the same day and striking similar opinions are expressed … in the current scenario in the USA, reporting on Bernie Sanders is not being reported in main stream media.

Commercial Media

Commercial Media wants inter-personal conflict …. because they want you to take sides … this is why there are so many Television shows that force you to take sides … reality shows that see up stressful situations that lead to conflict, in a way it seems to be the replacement for the the Gladiatorial events of old … this is only a surface view of the appeal to us .. all this to re-enforce the paradigm

Brings the lowest common denominator .. as media in all shapes races for the bottom … to look for controversy, to promote controversy .. and as often as they can to create it, peddle it .. why? Because it brings audiences … then ratings .. then money .. then?

Remembering Commercial media wants conflict and controversy .. for it brings ratings, one wonders are they covering Trump because he is a serious candidate or because he never fails to create news by offending someone, thereby creating division not collaboration, Trump’s mindset is not that of a leader but of an ego.

And like so many ideologies that have existed before—whether fascist or communist—many people, especially young people, are being drawn to it.

Events in Iraq are continuing to act as motivation and a focus of a range of terrorist related activity in the UK even though it is proven that ISIS was created by MI6 and the CIA … like Al Qaeda before them …. if you want the reason why Osama Bin Ladin was assassinated and not brought to trial, it was probably because he knew too much … he could never be put on the witness stand.

I believe the mess countries are in and hence the state of the world is in a large part due to dis-information, manipulation or censorship of truths and of course corporate influence over the content – that investment in controversy instead of policies, instead of truth is why we cannot heal …. they prefer content that is aggressive (fear) to manipulate the majority, the masses … people are so oppressed they have no empathy for anyone outside of themselves – they fear and blame minorities are other countries because they are told to – also due to the unrealistic fantasies that Media purports … that money has value (it only does because we are told it does, and therefore we believe it does) … that opportunity is just around the corner … this sets up expectations that are generally never met, Media are accountable for this, the purveyors of propaganda .. the frontline soldiers in this world wide strategy to divide and control humanity.

All actions have consequences, as countries, organisations and certainly individually we are not immune – those who do not think this are in line for a huge wakeup call.

Media – Future

 

Subscription Television and Online services, such as Netflix and others offers a disruptive opportunity … for this brings the opportunity for Netflix and others to be accountable only to their income stream, their subscribers, this should release them from the undue influence and manipulation of their content by advertisers …

more to come ..

This is still very much a work in progress … subject to addition and change .. any constructive thoughts would be welcome

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Ascension (for some) – A fantasy?

May 1, 2015 Leave a comment

I have been so focused on my research into my current work America: the edge of the abyss .. when the below came to me in a rush! Perhaps it is a fantasy, inconsequential, a fiction, if so pay it no mind, but from the work that I have done of the spiraling culture of devolution, it may fit in broad terms.

Unless we have the time to pause and reflect via some king of “real” unifying event, or person, perhaps someone of the standing of the Pope to offer world leadership, or a major climate event – more likely, those behind the scenes will manufacture another event, a terrorist act where America will give away their liberty for security as they have previously done through the Patriot Act, and organisations such as Homeland, militarized police (almost every where) and other federal agencies, the FBI, DEA, TSA etc – such an event, will generate such fear a clamouring to keep “me” safe, it will hand the future to the very rich .. then as now, furthering the devolution of freedom, liberty and democracy to a darker, Fascism, to finally a new world order.

A great man, a thinker said it so much better than I can ..”Anyone who trades liberty for security deserves neither liberty nor security” – Benjamin Franklin

I feel, that we could be in the very beginning of a new dark ages, the wish for those behind the scenes is to effectively go backwards before the Magna-Carta (1215) .. but here there is no King that the Barons (the very rich families, represented through their sometimes visible Corporate or banking face) will accept to limit them, including the puppets we call the elected government, these Barons are about power, their only high priests are money and power … and for the majority, life will be oppression, subjugation, terrorism, tyranny, democide, poverty, slavery and hunger.

At the moment via slow mass manipulation the very rich are combined in the efforts to create a “new world”, one that has few if any obstacles to improving their power and control. Our lives and individual quality of life are of little meaning to them unless it affects their plans. Their ultimate motivator is one of power fueled by entitlement, drive by an ideology. Today global trade agreements, actions against Unionism, and the individual countries conservative policies are removing more obstacles to their ascension.

I don’t foresee a technologically bereft society, but as in now technology will be used to surveil, monitor, to terrorize cruelly subjugate, to control and force conformity … such actions will be aggressive .. and as we know all these acts come from fear .. from a corrupt and flawed ideology .. a true terrorism.

At sometime in the future when they have achieved their aims, and the world is setup the way they wish, subjugated in slavery I mean, free thought condemned and forbidden, ultimately it will not be enough for them, fights will break out amongst themselves, creating a new geographic break up of the world, new countries … and so the cycle of ultimate decay and destruction will move forward … the poor, the uneducated the bureaucracy will all be subservient to the new order, fealty will be owed to these people who come from a world of a historical entitlement, like the Kings of Old … but they will be tomorrows Kings, who’s will have armies made up of all but them, the poor, us, serfs really … perhaps a way to become anything is to fight in their wars, the only avenue out of poverty … so reminiscent of the Roman Empire.

Does this sound like a 1000 years ago, the Dark Ages … a culture of dynasties, of entitled sovereigns (anointed no less by a manufactured legality, like our is) eventually alliances between these new countries will be made through marriage between the very rich, all to maintain the new world order into the future .. that will fail of course as everything does, as every culture has in the past and will in the future, we will have learnt nothing from the past until someone says “what happened last time we did this”?

But until it does, the new world order will have at least the following

1. No education other than what is absolutely necessary to fulfill your role.

2. A very defined and enforced Class structure

3. Relationships will be strictly controlled

4. Media and Information will be strictly managed and controlled + + +

5. Ruthless Military control by the true believers – these will also expendable at the end of the day

6. Religion will be created or modified to express the wishes of the ruling class.

The thing that is overlooked, is that about a 1000 years ago, when we did this we had no capacity to really hurt Gaea, that we have already is self evident … what those behind the scenes don’t understand is that Gaea will not be neutral – she will have a say in the battles … her power is of a scale so far beyond ours that ours is inconsequential.

This is all in the public arena, you all know how this will happen, we have had 1984 and Animal Farm from George Orwell (about the ultimate breakdown and corruption of ideologies – as has happened in America and other countries), so many Films such as V for Vendetta about the how, and the resulting social and moral destruction that will follow, based on privilege and entitled acts – we have the experience of the Russian revolution, the Nazi’s, Pol Pot (and his killing fields), Yugoslavia, Armenia (massacre) – all believed they were creating a paradigm, some thought it would last a 1000 years … the trouble is all ideologies when they are enacted by ruthless zealots who “kill” … they have this belief that life will be great .. “when” …. the trouble is to get to that “when” millions or in our case billions might have to die …. for we will be expendable. As usual, the victor writes the history books, and the media is controlled, the spin masters will manufacture and write a palatable history.

When will such madness end? With the extinction of man? Will Gaea say enough is enough, and sweep us from the world and start again – or perhaps change will come by a spiritual revolution? I believe that mankind has the capacity to change, so long as we can change what we value .. the first step is changing what our children value …. nurturing our children, so no child is abused or forced to live in terror, by having their family murdered or worse still executed by say drone strikes … for all that brings their past and will just perpetuate the violence and the insanity.

Working on the beginning of the posts which I started last post, America: on the edge of the abyss – it’s a long journey I have started – strange there truly is nothing new under the sun.

I leave you with the thought, how many times has mankind repeated this scenario in history, because much of history is written by the victors and historians work from educated guesses – much of the rest in prejudice?

“On the Edge” – Preface and Index

April 20, 2015 Leave a comment

Preface and Index

I am looking at the current state of America, as a visible example of the direction our paradigm of the Western world is heading. One cannot but reflect on the devolution of what was once the home of the brave, and land of the free, for now that is just a memory, but perhaps it is one that can be resurrected and renewed, if there is the courage and the Political will.

Completed and Posted to date are the links to further posts as below:

Part 1 – A Paradigm of Control – here
Part 2 – Retail and Consumerism – here
Part 3 – Politics – here
Part 4 – Beliefs – here
Part 5 – Media – here
Part 6 – Control & Propaganda – here

Such articles will include Climate change, perhaps the most powerful weapon of mass destruction that humanity has ever created, Environment, Energy, Water, Food and the omnipresent agendas to manufacture wars! Also the shape of a new economy that may come that is not based on consumption for self- interest and self gratification.

Introduction

Since 9/11 the decline of America (and others) has become mired and pronounced in areas of control, the sacrifice of the Public good for Private gain, facilitated by the Government support of the Private sector. Since, a national strategy of control, conformity and aggression (a warfare mentality), all these have been marked and profound, all these reactions come from fear, not from strength.

It may be spurious to draw parallels between the decline and fall of the Roman Empire and the ongoing destruction of the American Republic, but let’s have a look at this.

By its very nature this is a ongoing project, here we begin with an overview … I have used many resources in this brief analysis, the first post of a series. For History reference, the 3 Volume set of Edward Gibbon treatise on the “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”, the recent – “The Rise of Rome: The Making of the World’s Greatest Empire” by Anthony Everitt – for societies themselves – Jared Diamonds book .. “Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed” and “Republic, Lost” by Lawrence Lessing, chosen for its particular reference to America.

The omnipresent profound public face of ignorance of the Tea Party / GOP and its Fundamentalist ideology, brings Politicians to the fore who seem to be making a headlong dash to ignorance and the lowest common denominator. They may be being manipulated and through their ignorant inflammatory words manipulate the wider population, through playing up negatives, using fear, control, ignorance and denial (Climate Change, Women, and minorities rights for example). The apparent misogyny that men have any right to decide the path of women, especially their sexual rights, and the ridiculous obsession with Gay and Lesbian relationships; is a proof of their misdirection, everyone has inalienable rights to self determination, no matter their colour, creed, sexual orientation or religion.

Whilst I don’t believe the majority of people in Government in Washington and elsewhere are necessarily bad people (some undoubtedly are), there are too many that are under the influence of money that is in the wrong place (Lessing) with the expedient attitudes of many Politicians, this brings us back to the cesspit of the unintended and intended corruption that is Washington DC and some state capitals, the American Political system itself (and others countries I am sure) has been hijacked for the benefit of Wall Street and those who benefit from Wall Street – the inequity that this corruption brings is at the expense of the waste majority of Americans trying to make ends meet in main street, USA.

That the far religious right plunge towards fundamentalism is predictable, their mentality is tribal, judgmental, expedient and valueless – they are in love with the ideology, but have no faith (Pope Francis calls this as an Illness see here ) they have no belief is such basic religious precepts, such as forgiveness, kindness, understanding or compassion … they merely judge … many proponents of the ideology of “Christianity” cherry pick examples from the Bible, out of context to justify their rants – as it is now and way too many times in the past Christianity is used as a weapon to impose rather than to moderate and heal …. the irony must not escape you, what these limited souls forget is that Jesus said, faith is a private thing between you and God – and “love one another” was his major precept! – I can only think they haven’t read as far as the New Testament as yet, or perhaps the words do not suit their strategy.

In 1912 in the USA, there was a similar situation (Lessing) of the oppressive Influence of inappropriate money, it was overcome with a combined swing away from the conservatives to the progressives, when they captured 70% of the popular vote, in the then Presidential election – too late to stop the great depression … but a major outcome after the depression was the Glass-Steagall Act, an act that held that held financial markets in control – President Clinton passed a law which compromised Glass-Steagall .. it may be conjecture but many commentators argue that the repeal of the relevant provision of this act, led in part to the Global Financial melt down.

Positive change is possible, there just needs to be the will of society – however too many are distracted by tiny irrelevant problems that are used to divide and distract the nation … so much information, so much bad news, people become apathetic and indifferent, perhaps they think, what can I do? So the apathy extends to not bothering to vote, what those in control want.

It must be conceivable, that one day America may become something no one surely wants them to be, a liability to the world and its own people, rather than what it was (looking in the wider context mainly in the past) a light for what was right.

My own view is that until the influence of money (intended or otherwise) stops, America is on a path to tyranny, the root problem is that attention to Campaign financing should be a priority.

The insatiable greed or the rich and their profitable corporations are subsidized, by the people … the only possible limitation to their unparalleled power is the once powerful Unions, which have been systematically weakened, (culminating in the Reagan era) that they cannot fight the Oligarchy and the entitled – for much of the middle class have no power, and the Trade agreements worked for the Corporate masters, as it moved so much labour off shore, out of reach and protected geographically, the income from these are financially protected by Tax havens, thus evading the appropriate Corporate taxation – starving the USA of revenue.

Admittedly the overt power of the Unions in the past and the way that it was sometimes expressed through violence and intimidation (in Australia) also added to their downfall and the loss of membership (there are parallels with America itself here).

Remember every society in the history of the world has collapsed, ours will as well, the when is up to us. If the rich thought about the implications of this selfish strategy or tax breaks, low taxation, reducing social service nets and education all by the influence of the 1% .. they would understand it is this pursuit of more and more, is taking from the majority, who already have little, perhaps nothing – one day when families, these mothers and fathers have nothing more to lose, especially when they have lost hope that their children will have a better future, then you will have your revolution and the cocoon that the rich and the 1% have built around themselves with money, will not protect them.

I am an Australian, the reason I am writing about this is because the USA is a trend setter, and where changes bleed down to other cultures around the world, and unfortunately in this bad example, one of them is Australia. Already the fundamentalist ideology of the Tea Party / GOP is affecting decisions in Australia, through the influence of our Corporate masters, we need to learn from the American experience and stop it whilst we can.

The inequities are profound, the Machiavellian manipulation of Christianity, well Christian ideology, where just those cheery picked parts to further and justify the strategy – and rather than allowing the population to be informed, the media focus (for they are an integral part of the control strategy) are used to divide the population by directing the population to unimportant issues whilst at the same time running an agenda to further the gap between the rich and the balance, the 80% + of America that are in difficulty.

Education:

The percentage of the budget that goes to education is abysmal … America came to the forefront in the world by nurturing and expanding minds, not by controlling them. This strategy to defund Public education, it built around reinforcing a class system, by making the majority of the population poorly uneducated, only suitable for wage-slavery or the military – to be basically expendable.

The charging of student debt at such high rates forces student (if possible) to join the very system that is oppressing them, this will perpetuate this system of control, all to pursue the myth of the American dream, or perhaps the nightmare of it.

Politics

Campaign reform must be an absolute priority,

Politicians, many have an expedient value base, that says the end justifies the means, they are controlled through their ego, their weaknesses and their aspirations which are either recognition and or power – they are influenced (intentionally or otherwise by contributions) and their own external validation and the biggest illusion, the pursuit of security and money.

· The question – should there be career politicians? Should there be other parameters as well, like empathy,education and intelligence.

· Influence – The progression of Government employees, including elected officials moving to K Street, and the Lobby industry influences decision by inappropriate contributions to campaigns or directly to personal wealth of politicians, either by direct funds or perks – here with the seed of the beginning of corruption and manipulation.

· The lack of enforcement of existing laws to provide punitive and corrective action to stop the now seemingly fascist tendencies of government, Federal and in some cases states,

Police

· Militarisation

· Values, beliefs, morals and legal training.

· Lack of appropriate education and training

The perception of the change from “Protect and Serve” ethos for the community, to an apparent them and us mentality – I am not a Policeman, so I am trying to understand this shift in focus. The situation seems most profound in the USA, where there are no effective limits on the availability of guns, nor any legal limits on their carry and sometimes usage (stand your ground laws) Some, not all Police (and some of the population) shoot first and reflect later.

Gun Laws – Surely a change in the law to minimize the 30,000 deaths per year which directly come from their easy availability and thoughtless use, premeditate and accidental deaths could also be looked at. Self defense is not included.

There is a huge number of Policeman that have honour and integrity and are morality based, for them I apologise unreservedly, I am addressing here those that aren’t.

Religious Influence

There are truly good people in America, many evolved souls that think before their act, rather than react before they think.

Religion is being used to create division and to control – the influence of Corporate Church’s and cults of all types where many are tax exempt, too many are only about the money – an area to examine is whether Churches who have this tax free status are indeed healing the world, and not dividing it, also Churches, whose only function is to accumulate money and influence should be treated as secular instruments and taxed accordingly.

Unfortunately when politics has become synonymous with religion it is merely a cynical manipulative deception, for the far right, I see has no faith in religion, they seem to be only interested in cherry picking quotation to manipulate it.

Immigration

I frankly do not understand this issue at all. I can see how those in power manipulate the populace using fear, however it makes no sense, as all nations including all Americans, if you look into their ancestry all came from somewhere else.

There are other areas I will cover in the coming posts, the concept of Liberty and freedom – the Constitution – (Politicians and the Media re-writing it) – Continuous War – the total lack of care or compassion for returning soldiers, who sacrifice and suffer for America and then are seemingly deserted by it … many become homeless because of PTSD or other reasons associated with their service .. surely this cannot continue. Rome and its citizens honoured their soldiers.

Economy

The consumption lead world economy, has died, now there is no direction, no investment available or the will or out of the box lateral thought to create the next – we continue with what once works ….
A consumption economy needs consumers … these days with the major of money going to the top 10% … the majority who would normally be the consumers, have no funds to consume for the sake of it … they need the funds they have just to make it from payday to payday .. true wage slaves.

We must invest in people … primarily in education …. and our value system … for then our children will create what is of value, not an expedient means to a temporary end.

I would also observe that much of the world investment and decision are driven by theoreticians … economists … where no account is made in the calculations are made for the effect of their models of the environment, the pollution of water, land or air … these are regarded as externals and allegedly not taken into account … in my view this is more art than science and is in its application destructive of the planet on which we live.

Accountability

Attention to be given to the way the USA projects power based on their moral values through influence, but more often for Private gain, and control. The Military, Industrial and Intelligence communities and Private armies. The Unaccountability of Politicians .. when they insist on it for other leaders as demonstrated by Nuremberg and more recently Saddam Hussein (Iraq) was held accountable, but those behind the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan .. Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Rice/Blair are all jointly responsible for perhaps 300,000 + civilian deaths, yet they are all free.

I must be careful to approach these subject without projecting my beliefs onto it, hence If anyone wants to contribute or help me understand those things that I do not, then I welcome their input, or have any contrary thoughts to my current thoughts. I would welcome any constructive thoughts and dialogue that do not come from dogma, aggression or fear.

Is the future legacy of those who in the past defended to the death the Republic – to be forgotten, or will it’s future be hi-jacked and replaced by tyranny, a dictatorship or worse a fascist autocracy, or will the well armed citizenry, who have had enough of the Politics of blame and inequality, when finally without hope for a better tomorrow for their children, come together to revolt, or will the USA shake off this momentary aberration and continue to evolve and prosper – time will tell.

Perhaps I am an optimist; I believe the light of the founding fathers still burns within Americans. They may come through the other side of this – if so they will be changed for sure, hopefully for Politicians, when the choice comes to exchange liberty for short term gain, they will baulk … and recede from the abyss.

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