Journalists try to be deep, but they rely on a few hacks, such as quoting Neil Postman’s book, which I have showed to be deficient here.
Wired tries to be clever, and it isn’t:
USED WISELY, THE INTERNET CAN ACTUALLY HELP PUBLIC DISCOURSE
This is to be read: with the right rigs, we can tell the little people how they should think about things again and they will start to behave.
The article goes on about the old complaint about television news, also quoting Daniel Boorstin’s book The Image, another hopelessly flawed misunderstanding of broadcasting that makes all the sense to university students whose life is experience is very limited.
The article discusses the concept of “pseudo-events” and how broadcasting “created” fake events and created celebrities, which is patent bullshit. PT Barnum had no such tools, and he made a living creating pseudo-events and celebrities; but so they did in ancient Rome with gladiators. Give the middle class their bread and their circuses, and that’s all you need to make them sheeple.
What we have is a very old and universal tradition of one-way communication where those who have power have the primary access to an information stream.
But it was a mere mask: people were quiet about what they were thinking because there would be shaming, blacklisting, and bullying by Authority, but they still thought it. They just didn’t have a voice.
The Internet was the first time where everyone could have access to the information stream. What we are now seeing is that Authority lost control of the ability to edit and censor, and they are in shock that they cannot fool all of the people all of the time or that there is kind of simmering rage that people used to hold back, but now spew everywhere.
Knowing the “pseudo-events” was more than a distraction or even misdirection: it was imposed on the masses because if they didn’t know about them or “got” the right interpretation on how to approve or disapprove of it, they would be ostracized and belittle by the masses and be shunned into the fringe.
And now this freedom has gone on for too long, and even though Big Tech is trying to shove that genie back into the bottle, it is not working because we have now made it a new habit of not engaging in those events or celebrities, but people are becoming bored of Big Tech.
And you don’t actually need Big Tech to express yourself or refuse to be indoctrinated: you can do it with any technology — or none at all.
This is now uncharted territory, and the Man doesn’t know what to do about it.
And Wired, as usual, has no idea what’s going on around them…