Just a quick thought this morning, as I’ve decided to give today to people and things fictional. Fiction is a restful place for me. While our nation swells with lunacy and strife, I can compel my characters and the consequences of their actions to make sense.
Ever since the World Wars, the attention of the nation has been almost exclusively on developments in national politics and policy. That was to be expected: as Washington D.C. sucked the authority out of our state and local governments, our attention followed the usurped powers to focus on their usurpers. What good would it do to watch state and local executives and legislators, when they no longer have significant influence over our lives and fortunes? “The action” is plainly on Capitol Hill and in the White House.
That implicitly gave the national media immense influence over national opinion. Few of us can personally monitor the mandarins of Washington. To learn what they’re about, we turn to those who send reporters there. Even today, when the majority of us have awakened to the media’s biases, they can sway a sufficiently large fraction of Americans to determine majority sentiment on most political issues.
The two mega-powers are closely coupled. While Big Government is what gives Big Media their influence, Big Media are essential in maintaining Big Government’s hold on our attention. That holds for both the Legacy Media and the New Media. If either could be neutered, the other would badly undermined as well – and when it comes to the media, We the Great Unwashed hold the deciding vote.
CNN has already discovered what happens to an outlet that loses the majority of its viewers. Other outlets should be made to feel the heat as well. “Irish Democracy” wielded against the titans of the media could and should be coupled to our resistance of the Usurper Regime and its campaign to transform us all into rightless serfs. To discontinue your TV subscription and your Facebook account would both be strokes in the cause of freedom. Besides, there’s plenty to watch on Acorn and BritBox, especially if you like detective stories.