Nicola Tesla was a smart man. He’s #35 on the List of People Everyone Should Know.
And I took a lot from his ideas, particularly about understanding the deepest truths of the universe by understanding energy, frequency, and vibration.
Or, riding on the wavelengths of other people and groups.
When I decided to study the ways of journalism by becoming a journalist, what I was doing was riding on the wavelengths of this collective, how the justify their beliefs about themselves and how they process the world around them.
In-groups have their own little set of arrogant ideals, and they like to fancy themselves as superior, even when they are seen as underdogs or undesirables.
Look at CBC getting haughty because Fox News didn’t air someone who has gotten a lot of free press opining about the rich and their taxes.
CBC has conducted countless interviews that never made it to air.
When you interview a lot of people to make a narrative, some do not perfectly “fit” your pattern, and you will exclude it.
I have had editors cut out people I interviewed for articles, and I never found out until after publication.
But even in j-school, when one CBC producer came to lecture us, and we were given a real-life scenario, and we had to pick and choose which interviews made it and which ones were excluded.
So let’s not pretend. I have been interviewed for stories, and I never made it in the final product.
If you do not align perfectly with a narrative, you are removed.
I wrote OutFoxed: Rupert’s war on journalism, and I recount how the FNC is careful who they air, but it is not just the FNC.
Whenever you rely on narrative, you are going to do that sort of thing to keep the mindset in place.
Once it happened to me when I was writing about women who broke the law to appease a mate. I included a young woman who murdered a perfect stranger because her boyfriend asked her to do it.
The reason I included that case was to show it wasn’t some sort of romantic notion or that every woman was duped. I wanted a textured story, but the editor lopped it off, and the nuances of the story completely changed. I was not happy.
But that is the mundane reality of the newsroom.
I bet you do the same thing on Twitter and Facebook — cherry-picking articles and propaganda posters (that is what a meme poster is, kids) that fit perfectly with your beliefs with no dissenting perspective and stories.
But you take it for granted.
I wanted to ride the wavelengths of the profession.
But once I began writing books about my findings, I wanted people to be able to immerse themselves the way I did.
So I did something very subtle: I presented the facts objectively through structure, but in such a way the mimicked the mindset of those I was writing about.
I did it with all of my books. You are going inside the mindset of the profession, feeling the same rhythms and frequencies as those working in it.
But a funny thing happened.
Some reviewers didn’t get it.
One was upset that I took the same “pot shots” at FNC pundits that they took on others, while completely missing the point.
The same goes for my latest book, When Journalism was a Thing.
The mimicry of the energy, frequency, and vibration completely went over some reviewers heads.
Not everyone was clueless, mind you. A lot of people understood the point.
I remember when I was a relationships columnist with the Hamilton Spectator, and I did the same immersion with a short 600-ish word column about money.
Someone wrote in, and got it. As in, felt it.
I set up a stage. I get into character — but not a fictitious character. It is Method Research, and I am a Actrivist.
I will upload the column and response another time.
But even back then, I would reflect the frequencies of those I was writing about.
That requires not being so me-centred. It is a you-centred exercise.
This is how you deal with the emotional aspect of covering people or events.
That’s how you walk through Infinity with someone else’s heart and soul to see their perceptions and go through their motions as if they were your own.
There is no Us Versus Them. You become the Them.
Outside and inside. You are both. Above and below. Left and right.
This method is the way of the Radical Centrist. You learn by becoming, and you gain energy by allowing its essence into the very stuff of your soul to see what are the problems and the core of their cause.
By becoming part of the problem before transmuting yourself into the solution…