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View From the Peasantry

[cap­tion id=“attachment_97494” align=“aligncenter” width=“265”] Jules Bre­ton. Young Peas­ant Girl With A Hoe. 1882[/caption]

by baldilocks

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.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Inde­pen­dent Journalism!

Jules Breton. Young Peasant Girl With A Hoe. 1882

by baldilocks

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.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!