BPSDB “…we manipulate the medium … that’s how you control the online dialogue.”
American Majority trainer
This clip exposes one of the many tactics that the right wing is using to control the information that the public gets, the information that you get.
This is how The Machinery of Climate Anti-Science is operationalizing the corporate agenda, just one tactic of many being used to subvert democracy.
The clip is from the documentary (Astro)Turf Wars that was released last October
Trailer for (Astro)Turf Wars:
“We are drowning in propaganda, drowning in it. And I’m not speaking figuratively, it’s threatening our lives, it’s cutting off our air. It’s making real democracy all but impossible. It has brought the planet to the point of ecological destruction.” [emphasis added]
Mark Crispin Miller, New York University, (Astro)Turf Wars interview
Interview with Taki Oldham of (Astro)Turf Wars on TYT
- [Astro] Turf Wars Uncovered in New Undercover Documentary
- Are Right-Wing Libertarian Internet Trolls Getting Paid to Dumb Down Online Conversations?
- (Astro)Turf Wars: New Documentary Explores Corporate Influence Over Tea Parties
- (Astro)Turf Wars Home site to purchase/watch the documentary
Just weeks before the release of (Astro)Turf Wars Alternet broke the story of teabagger stalking of news sharing sites and systematically attempting to kill posts and articles by organizations and individuals on their hit list. [I made the list! :-)]
which did get some mass media attention, but only briefly and not widely.
- Digg Patriots New York TImes
- Digg investigates claims of conservative ‘censorship’ The Guardian
The “Digg Patriots” are still active (eg see here on Facebook)
I won’t lie to you, the tea party zealots are just plain scary. Watch the documentary and see if you do not find that they are so convinced of their righteousness that it is easy to imagine them committing any act in the name of their cause.
Granted the documentary is about the phenomenon in the United States, but as John Mashey pointed out we have the same thing going on here in Canada.
Three key points:
Do something about it!
Simply being aware is not enough. If we do no actively counter this assault we can just pack it in now. Some obvious ideas would include:
Hold a tea party, literally (or some brewed substance at least). Buy a copy of the documentary, have some friends over & watch it together. Get them riled up about the assault on their freedom.
Contact whichever government representatives at whatever level and demand transparency from and government review of the phony right wing non-profits. Exposure of the corporate control and manipulation of the astroturf is the most effective way to kill it.
erode their base
I’m hoping that the tea baggers who appear in the documentary are not too typical because I cannot see how one could even begin to talk to them. Regardless, as I have noted before, paradoxically a significant portion of the right-wing base are also our natural allies because as poor and disenfranchised they will be the ones affected first and worst by climate change.
How we go about doing that is a whole other matter, but that does not make it less true. For the moment I would just say that we need to keep that clearly in mind as we contemplate our strategies.
Democracy is already crippled
We aren’t getting out of this mess simply with blogging, petitions and voting. “We need to escalate our methods as well as our energies. Boycotts, hunger strikes, civil disobedience in it’s myriad forms; noncooperation and direct intervention must be the new focus of our actions, of our lives.” The Path of Resistance.
Having seen what we are up against, can you doubt it?
There it is, get used to it, prepare for it.
We give our consent every moment that we do not resist.
It is worth knowing and abiding by whether you comment on this blog or not.
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