We are lied to 24/7, with every image seen on TV, even supposed candid ones, either being staged or reviewed before airing. Television is a social control medium used to hypnotize that vast majority of Americans. But some of us have escaped, and are more awake than those around us.
If you want to get away from censorship, there are many avenues. For instance, there is alternative media. You could go to Alex Jones and his Prison Planet. Alex, who was once Bill Hicks, will tantalize you with lies of a different type, but lies nonetheless, designed to satisfy your curiosity. Conspiracy thinkers tend to be smarter people who notice more detail and think critically. Alex knows this. He very carefully satisfies our yearning to know what is true by plying us with lies of a more intuitive type. Alex is a gatekeeper.
Or, you can get the inside scoop on the Internet from SNOPES. It is designed to catch you when in doubt and set you straight. It prevents you from committing thought crime. If you don’t believe jet aircraft can fly though buildings like knife though butter, for instance, SNOPES will reassure you that indeed they can, and tell you why in detail. It’s is a CIA front.
There is always Wikipedia. It is the go-to source, our modern day Encyclopedia Brittanica. It’s riddled with back door spooks, and craftily constructed so that Intelligence agents can glean real information from it while the rest of us need hip waders to maneuver in the bullshit. It’s a CIA front.
Or you can swill in right wing punditry over at FOX. Bill O’Reilly, like Amy Goodman, is a Zombie, planted there to catch you unaware. The whole of the FOX operation is designed to keep low information people in that state, while at the same time helping them imagine they are well informed.
FOX News content is identical to NPR and PBS but in a different package, the latter designed to reinforce your unstated supposition that you are intellectually superior to those around you. NPR and PBS feed you that cat food, opening up a fresh can every day.
Or, you can go the left wing route. Amy Goodman, a Zombie, is waiting to greet you, and lead you a little further into the rabbit hole, but only a little. She’s a gatekeeper too, just like Jones and O’Reilly. If there is really important truth to unearth, she’ll take you there, almost. Not quite.
Talk radio? It’s an agitated medium, and used mostly to keep you angry and upset. Anger clouds the brain and prevents rational thought processes. Don’t like Rush? There’s Thom Hartmann, a Zombie, is waiting to greet you “on the left,” performing the gatekeeping function. (Thom actually hates liberals and progressives. Say what you will about him, he works hard, as does Goodman. I would not want their jobs, living and breathing as they do with people they loathe. It sucks to be them, but face it, Janis was skating on thin ice as a blues singer, and Brandon DeWilde (Hartmann) was on his way to daytime soaps as an actor.)
The Internet? The Blogs? Reddit and Quora and all the discussions sites? If you put something true up at those sites, an automated mechanism appears to be in place to vote you out of sight. Those sites are riddled with spooks and trolls, some paid, most just late night voyeurs shooting from the bushes, guerilla snipers. They’ll leave you fifty shades of confused. Some of these snipers are very mean, others very stupid. None are worth our time.
The answer? Turn off your TV, turn on your brain. Vigilant citizenship is work! It requires thinking. We stumble, make mistakes, keep pushing and burrowing, as learning requires mistakes on the way.
Mistakes should not scare you. If you place trust in someone not worthy of it, it is easily reversed. Further, not knowing the answers is a lovely state of mind. Searching for them is the stuff of real intelligent discontent.
This blog, unlike others, has made real discoveries, come upon new insights, and has done something really odd: it has both searched for and found some truth. I beg you try to find another like it. (If you do, tell me. I will link to it.)
We have only just begun.
PS: I forgot the most important left-wing gatekeeper of all, put there to satisfy those of us of higher-than average capacity for processing large volumes of information, Noam Chomsky. He’s advanced in age now, not putting out books like he used to, but I would bet that if you emailed him (his address can be found online but it would be rude to publish it) you would get an answer within hours. I have done this. He used to spend maybe six hours a day on email, indicating that he doesn’t really have a full-time MIT job, just an office. And that makes sense, as MIT is just an adjunct campus for DOD.