We are biding time this morning in Brig, waiting to catch a train to Venice, and then a bus to the Cortina in the Dolomite region. From there we will likely disappear into an Internet desert, but who knows. We’ll be hut-to-hutting, the senior citizen version of roughing it. There is no time for links or even severe editing. Bear with me.
There’s an old observation among dissidents that the American news media is easily as disciplined as TASS ever was in the old Soviet Union, but on a voluntary basis. That’s not true, of course – there is a thought control regime in place in American news media, based on studies by Maslov no doubt.
American journalists are trained in “that’s a good doggy!” manner, and so know with each advancement in the profession which thoughts will be rewarded. If they have improper thoughts, they do not advance, and either voluntarily or by force leave the profession of journalism.
Thus is American news a controlled entity. The question for the curious is from where the control exerts its conformist mandates.
Amazingly, down on the level of blogs, the same system is enforced. As I look over the landscape at perhaps a score of diverse blogs nine years ago, all have vanished save Pogie, Conner, and Cowgirl. And all three are heavily disciplined Democrat sites.
The enforcement mechanism in blogs is marginalization. As soon as a blog like mine, or 4&20 under Skink and JC (now Reptile Dysfunction) commits a thought crime, party agents quickly remove links. If any of us are openly confrontational, we are banned from commenting. If we are boring and repetitive and echo the party line, we join the ranks of “thoughtful” people. It’s slow death to read the approved comments at those sites, like pounding a nail in the forehead, bang, bang, bang ….
The process is marginalization. It is what happened to Gary Webb when he violated the thought control regime at the San Jose Mercury News in the early days of the internet by reporting on cocaine trafficking in Los Angeles by CIA via a pipeline through Arkansas, governed by The Clintons at that time. He was chastised, transferred, either quit or was fired (indistinguishable), and was eventually suicided.
So it is in the Empire of Lies. I cannot change it. I urge the reader here to continue to read this blog, Reptile, and to annoy the stalwarts ad Intelligent Discontent, Flathead Memo, and Montana Cowgirl by being confrontational to the hosts, reminding them that they swim in a swill of ordinary thoughts that are only widely broadcast because they are approved by the commissars of intellectual discipline. (Conner does not allow comments, as he cannot stand even a modicum of thought crime. He’s extremely disciplined.)
They are boring, but it is their ability to imagine that their “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” repetition of the same mundane thoughts, day in and out and without relent, is interesting, thoughtful, even cogent.
That’s how thought control works. Those under it are the last to know.