Follow up to the "3 Birds, 1 Stone Strategy" essay
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Frankly, I expected that everyone would slap their foreheads and shout "Of course!" But there were a number of objections and considerations expressed. Here, I'll address those that seemed to me the most common.
First, to summarize ‘3 Birds, 1 Stone Strategy’
Apply massive pressure by the entire political spectrum of Americans to Big Media. Get them talking about the fact that most Americans see both Parties as fully corrupt; Big Media as a liability to Democracy.
"Massive Pressure" means the tactic of 1-, 2-million, or more, contacts about that point, addressed to Media and its players, daily.
The pressure's intent is to disrupt the One Percent's sufficient-to-their-purpose degree of control of narrative making. Stymying and limiting their ability has to occur before anything else could possibly be discussed. Plus, it is necessary so that they can't keep pushing the citizenry at each other's throats.
For this to work, it has to come from every political demographic. This means people of every persuasion need to avoid wasting energy fighting with each other -- if only for a time. For now, just turn all our powers toward achieving this one end.
There's a saying that "When danger threatens, it threatens all alike." That's where all Americans are right now. I don't see how it is possible that anything changes for the better in this country without new things being discussed in public spaces.
Now to the main hesitations I noticed:
1. Media is just so massively embedded and powerfully backed, it can't be changed.
That truism is the foundation stone of Big Media's mythical Invulnerability. It's like the Democrat's "Can't be done, so not even worth thinking about" style of pre-surrender.
Here's what is not mythical: Big Media has feet of clay, and "even the Mighty Babylon has fallen." We know Media is widely distrusted and despised; and there's nothing they can do that will reverse that daily-growing trend against them.
To reify "Media" at a certain point leads to faulty reasoning. There's not one Towering Media Beast pronouncing the Approved Narrative. In the world where things actually occur, "Media" is a shorthand, referring to thousands and thousands of people.
Massive Pressure. One, two, million a day. A veritable firehose of contacts coming to Chuck O'Reily Cooper and their Editors and their Bosses and reporters. Would I be surprised if 95% of media apparatchiks have managed to slay or suppress their Conscience? Wouldn't go anywhere near discussing what everyone's telling them to discuss? HaHaHaLOL! Of course not.
That leaves 5% who haven't fully betrayed their own souls, though.
So then, if One Journalist
publicly asks One Party Leader
"Why do you think the American people see both Parties as bad for America?"...
Whatever the answer, is that clip seen by every civics-interested person in a day or so? Does that Journalist have their ratings explode the next day? Do other Journalists start asking that question? And if Democrats and Republicans are having to answer these kinds of questions, does this at the least throw a wrench into their operation; that pause an opportunity for the populace to advance our interests?
In the world of flesh and blood people, now and then someone wakes up to what is really going on around them and says "No, this cannot stand, damn the cost to me." If that someone knows the public stands behind them, I think the likelihood of seeing many media whistleblowers in a short time is great.
Big Media is not invulnerable. It has feet of clay.
2. Because Big Media is Invulnerable, we need to build an Alternate Media.
Insufficient, as what's Necessary for us to survive and thrive is that the Public Common Media reflect the American people's interests and issues.
Please ponder: the six major media corporations can reach 300 million, regardless of political identity, with the identical message within a day. If they headlined "US to Invade Liechtenstein" today, tomorrow 90% of the "alternate medias" -- left, right, center -- will be talking about the plus and minuses of invading Liechtenstein.
To get anywhere near that "full-spectrum" coverage, we'd have to crowd-fund the purchase of NBC or Fox or someone. And that ain't happening. Moreover, an "alternate media" would be just more of the self-ghettoization along ideological lines. MSNBC and Fox already give us that: the viewers of one don't tune in the other. "Divide and Conquer"requires "no meeting and hashing things out."
And anyway, we've had a quarter-century of Internet blogs, and news aggregators, and videos, Air America, underground papers in the '60s, Al Gore TV, Young Turks, Talented Comedians....
And all along The 1% have been consolidating their gains steadily, with advance after advance and no major setbacks the entire time. Because alternate media doesn't actually "alter" the narratives that are seeded by Big Media into the minds of almost all the Public. And that they do overnight. There's no competing with that ability.
No, we need to alter the one space every American sees in common. We need to create a Media Commons where everyone can get their issues on the floor, agree or disagree with what those issues are.
3. It's the military/finance/intelligence bloc and its corruption that's the real problem. Dems, Repubs, and Media are just their puppets.
Got that right! But that can't possibly change without the topic being introduced in our collective national narrative. Right now, you can't criticize the Forever War in Big Media. Media shapes the narrative according to the War Mongers and Banksters and lunatic's wishes. You can't do more to Banksters than to grab a percentage of their loot.
It's like when I want to mop the kitchen floor, or organize my papers. Before that task can be done I've go to move furniture, or clear desk space. To beat the tyrants, we've got to, first, interfere with their primary apparatus for keeping us down. And that's their narrative-making.
Nothing, nothing, nothing changes until the narrative-making changes. There's no possible scenario for meaningful change and relevant public discussion that doesn't require that Big Media has to be directly and substantially, altered.
As to what happens next, well, Oligarchs will be Oligarchs, and as they have throughout time do everything then can to remain Oligarchs. There's no stopping them about that; and yes we'llneed to anticipate their moves.
Whether my plan sucks or not, there's not a snowflake's chance in hell of us winning without a plan that forces changes to the narratives. First, let's get the failure of the 3 Birds on the Table for Discussion. Then the rest can possibly follow.
It is a Necessity for our survival against the doings of our Psychotic Ruler Class that their ability to shape opinion is countered, if not destroyed. Maybe the boat is sinking and the sharks are swirling, but the fact remains the boat MUST stop sinking if we're to survive. And it doesn't matter a rat's ass whether that is probable or likely or not; Necessity doesn't care about odds.
If anyone can come up with an alternative to "3 Birds, 1 Stone Strategy" to achieve the necessary ends, I'm all for that. But frankly, in my opinion, I've not seen better to this point, and I believe I've demonstrated the limits of the main objections.