At some point, I want to talk about the alleged leak of classified information by President Trump to Russian officials, but as with all the recent scandals—real or ginned-up—I want to wait before coming to a conclusion about what really happened. Implicit in the desire to do that is the discardable presumption that a cogent conclusion can be drawn. The thing is, sometimes it can’t, though I haven’t reached that conclusion in this case yet.
What I suspect is that much of the public is being subject to Outrage Theater by the few corporations which own almost all of the major media outlets–I know, not exactly a revelation. Roughly every three days there’s a new reason for either the Left or the Right to get its collective panties in a bunch; often, there are two or three competing stories and, also quite often, stories intended to drown out other stories.
But if my suspicions are correct, can we really blame major media for what they are doing? After all, it works, does it not?
And what do I mean by “it?” The continuous stirring up of emotions: anger, fear, helplessness, etc. is the tactic and before true investigation of that which is presented as fact can get started, the next bomb is dropped, so to speak. And the cycle begins anew.
By the time the truth is out there, two or three new narratives of dubious veracity have already reached orbit.
Back in the Good Old Days of blogging, we had Rathergate, and those of us in the know about how things work in the military ripped Rather’s narrative to shreds. But we had time to do it and I think that the professional narrative-fashionistas learned a significant lesson from that: don’t give the peasants time to think before the next outrage bomb.
That’s a sound warfare tactic and an old lesson that we peasants need to relearn for ourselves.
Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.
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