Another Monday Morning Schnippet

“Just listen to any phone-in and you’ll routinely hear punters who have swallowed whole whatever tabloid or government orthodoxy that has become common currency this week… They pick up on some simple slogan and then repeat it in lieu of actual detailed knowledge or learning.

Just because you and I surround ourselves with people who are not like this, that doesn’t mean they’re not out there and out there in large numbers. My pal said after weeks of campaigning in her constituency during the election, she thought the vast majority of the public were “too ignorant about almost everything to know how ignorant they even were”… The gap between the well-informed, well-considered view and the rest is very wide and lopsided.

When your sources of information are half-digested half-truths from press and media, mixed with fictional stories on Facebook and Twitter and an inability to apply intellectual rigour to any of these things, you end up with a pliant electorate capable of being easily manipulated for profit. Look! Boobs!

John Nicholson

“But it works. And it works because enough of the public have been trained to respond appropriately. Very much a case of ‘Welcome my son, welcome to the machine. What did you dream? It’s alright, we told you what to dream’.

We have been well-trained to read and believe media output, no matter if it’s true or if it’s lies. We soak up the ideas and the words used to express them. We are an existentially lobotomised audience in the full control of the media. This makes what writers, presenters and pundits say and how they say it very important.”

The need to feed a permanently hungry media monster means spooning out massive tasteless portions. Accuracy, truth or quality is irrelevant, it’s all about quantity. All about red-eyed journos pounding out more and more and more tortuous nonsense. While it’d be an exaggeration to say that whatever the majority of the pundits and press are saying, the absolute opposite will be where the truth lies, it’s easy to see that place from where we are right now.

So, when you read me or anyone else protesting about some kinds of media coverage…, it isn’t just because we think they’re wrong, it’s because they’re making all our lives worse… It might all sound like so much hot air, but it isn’t. It seeps into the fabric of society, plants seeds, sets roots and yields a very bitter crop indeed.

… If you’re thinking I’m overstating this, my Polish friend tells an all-too typical story about how his young teenage boy was berated by a parent after a school game, an encounter he accidentally captured on his phone as he filmed his lovely lad coming off the pitch, delighted, arms aloft having scored.

“They’ve only put you in because you’re foreign. It’s all PC bollocks, an’ that! Probably some quota sh*t. How’s my lad ever going to get a chance when you’re in his way, eh?! This our country, not yours. You’ve no right. You don’t know anything about playing here. So just f*ck off! Go on! F*ck off!”

He shouted this into a the face of a 13-year-old, who promptly burst into tears and ran into his father’s arms. Try telling that lad about having a ‘sexy’ foreign name.

But that heinous bully didn’t get those words from nowhere, nor the sense of entitlement to say them. He’s been supported in that. He’s heard it in football media and has been reared on this language. They have unintentionally, thoughtlessly, given a vocabulary to bigots.

John Nicholson
The media is serving us massive tasteless portions…
Date published: Monday 27th November 2017 10:06

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