The casualty of journalism's collapse? New York City as centre of communications gravity.

I

II

Here is an interesting piece from Showbiz 411, lamenting the cuts and losses of several glossies. New York magazine, Vanity Fair, People, and the mention of the woes of Vanity Fair’s sister publication Vogue.

That list is interesting. The New York Daily News is bleeding as well, but New York isn’t just any city in the US: it is the publishing mecca, and it set the trend for many things over the decades, and now its power is rapidly eroding.

It is losing its patriarchal grip on communications, meaning everything is up for grabs. New York determined what is considered cool, good writing, witty, engaging, important, chic, sophisticated, and set the narrative on what we think about, who we think about, and what we think about them.

It is no longer the case, and that means consolidating a power base becomes that much harder. There is a whiff of defeatism already, and it can no longer just ride on the coattails of its zip code. It should be no surprise that the new generation there are already waving the flag, demanding pensions at 30 in an indirect way — it is a mere reflection of the aging and faded clout of a once invincible city, and what happens next will be interesting to see…

It is all about the Benjamins. And journalism can't find the treasure chest no matter what they try.

I

7234ded499b06a80487d808ba06a6afe--catwoman-comic-sexy-catwoman.jpg

II

III

For all the Trump-basing and champagne socialist fellating, journalism cannot catch a break.

Cuts and losses galore.

Socialists? Really? People who think they are entitled to slaves higher up the food chain than they are? They people who shove grampy and grammy in nursing homes so that they keel over and they can get their inheritance? And still play the lottery? Those motherfuckers?

They are trying appease the worst people: those who won’t spend money or actually bother supporting their product, and have no respect for people in other generations.

As a business strategy, that blows chunks.

Stop pandering to political zealots, and start reinventing the product to a classier demographic.

Because what is being done know is just dumbass and ineffective…

Attacking the Dead: How to separate children from their roots in an Age of Propaganda.

New York magazine has a bullshit piece about champagne socialism — the fake trend that culturally, historically, and politically ignorant wannabes are babbling about now that they are too old and used up to be rich and famous and want someone to support their worthless butts because mommy and daddy never had the courage to tell them that they are average and have to work hard to earn things.

Self-sufficiency please.

And it is not as big of trend and the press pretends it is.

But people with money love to manipulate the little people.

Truly, it is like shooting fish in a barrel. Middle class young adults are gullible and conniving — the perfect patsies.

And the Left keep playing them for fools.

The Left never understood math, and with no math, no foundation in logic. They gravitate toward narratives, meaning they gravitate toward propaganda.

So with no understand of numbers, means no understanding of neither finance or measurement. They have missed a critical step in Piaget’s hierarchy of cognitive development.

So you do have the structural solidity to understand quantity. How much can you afford? How much can a government afford? How much debt can you afford? How much debt can your country afford?

This is the exact point where the Left and Right have their chasm. The Right lack a certain piece of emotional intelligence, but the Left as a collective don’t have the logic. There are two black holes — one on the Left and one on the Right — that prevent unity and consensus, but let’s focus on the Left’s black hole this time. I will leave the Right one for another entry.

So when you have a collective with no logic, but a predilection for propaganda not understand that there is no bottomless well of monies to spend on everyone without anyone putting any effort, they want to be proven Forever Right. The problem is that they are hopelessly wrong.

There is no fairy godmother, Prince Charming, or magic beans. You have to work hard actively, and be a realist.

And you have to know the past. That is your reference.

Someone wants the United States to be weakened. That much is plain. They want it weak enough in order to find a pool of minions to exploit and distract so they don’t get challenged. This isn’t personal; this is strictly a lazy form of pragmatism. You cannot actually compete directly because until now you keep getting your ass whumped: so divide and conquer.

War is deception, after all. Psyche out your rivals.

As someone who has had inferior rivals try to psyche me out since I was a kid, I know the drill. Plant seeds of discontent in united groups in order to divide them and have them so busy with their petty and vindictive bullshit garbage fights to see someone is reaping the benefits of the propaganda campaign.

It is a sucker circus.

But instead of the news media asking, How did this fake trend come from, they are hyping it up, meaning they are, as usual, cribbing from PR firm press releases. Let’s stop WikiLeaks from sounding any alarms by discrediting them, and let’s try to manipulate the gullible youth.

But for the gambit to work, we need to create another divide that goes beyond Left and Right: young and old. Propaganda works devastatingly well at isolating and alienating youth from the support of their families, particularly their parents.

And we are seeing it now with this sudden interest in demonizing the icons of previous generations, such as John Wayne and Michael Jackson.

Were these men flawed? Yes, and so are you, princess. I have yet to hear someone not say something stupid and offensive. If we were to punish people on the basis of their insensitivity, then let’s just throw a nuclear bomb on this planet and get it over with once already.

Except that would be a dumbass thing to do.

Tolerance is critical to social evolution, and that means putting up with other people’s bullshit just as they put up with yours. Each generation improves, but that doesn’t mean you have no respect for your ancestors because they had less refinement than you do now, because you will seem as vulgar and barbaric to the next generation as the last generation seems to you.

You wouldn’t be as high up the ladder as you are unless the previous generation didn’t pave a path for you in the first place.

But disrespect is the hallmark of the current ideological mindset. People behave like entitled divas, snapping their fingers and expecting everyone else to do the heavy lifting as they bark orders, and burn through the hired help for not jumping high enough on cue.

Fuck you.

For all the whining about the previous icons, what have the complainers done in comparison?

Not much, if anything. Kvetching on Twitter isn’t doing anything at all.

“Socialism” is a passing fancy because when you have a disrespectful generation, you also have an ungrateful one: it will never be enough. They have gotten into the habit of always finding fault and expecting other people to do their work and live their lives for them.

It is time to change the programming once and for all.

What we have is a me-centred mindset in an Age of Propaganda.

And it is not just on youth. The adults who should have been the guides didn’t understand the nuances of connection, nor did they explain that humans are flawed by nature. It is not an excuse to not do your best, but you still have to stop pretend you are without flaw or have no social burdens to carry. We all do.

But an Age of Propaganda keeps people living in the Now with no sense of connect to the Past, nor consideration how their panic will impact the Future.

When you attack the dead, you are so planting seeds of destruction for those yet to arrive, and none of us have the right to do that…

In an Age of Propaganda, the cultists hide the fact that they are a cult. They are the religion who have muscled out the gods.

First the threat was Global Warming.

Then when the warming wasn’t global, it turned to the unfalsifiable Climate Change.

Now that there is fatigue and pushback, the Doomsday Cult on the Left are upping the ante, trying to scare the flock with Climate Genocide.

Shut the fuck up.

This “report” comes from the United Nations, the same organization that classified its work after it was leaked that their strategy to combat it was to destroy (doublespeak word used was “contract”) national economies.

If Hiroshima getting fried with an atomic bomb and Chernobyl having a nuclear meltdown didn’t bring climate genocide, let us stop trying to use the Left’s godless religious brainwashing to force people into making you rich and dictating what the world will do to rig itself to keep you charlatans at the top.

Yes, there is pollution and it is not good. The is the Truth in the Door the cultists use to then up then use dogma and propaganda to terrorize people the way churches terrorized people with the threat of eternal damnation if they dared questioned their divine decrees.

If we had real journalism, they would have shown which companies, organizations, and nations are footing the bill for the research. I happen to know there are nations spending lavishly pretending their pollution is not a bad thing, but also others who are paying for it to “prove” the opposite.

The vast majority of empirical studies are bad and unusable. It is the reason why meta-analysis and replication had to be brought into academia in the first place.

These tactics were tried and true for religious cults for centuries. The devil was the bogeyman who could not been seen, and yet, everything was based on appeasing a god who would be the only source — and invisible one — who could save you, but only if you followed the rules.

Questioning those rules would result is isolation, blacklisting, and sanction abuse in the name of morality, and there was always the threat of Armageddon if no one agreed to be enslaved by decrees.

The Cold War based its strategies on religious methods, but the devil was a nuclear holocaust.

And now the Left had decided on Climate Change.

We have scientists saying they don’t even have to prove it because it is self-evident.

Skeptics must be punished.

The sins of not submitting to the Left resulted in war.

It is worse than denying the Holocaust where there was tangible evidence galore.

You will be denied an education if you question it.

And be labelled mentally ill.

It turns women into whores.

But let’s use those whores to shill our dogma.

It causes people to break holy commandments.

And sin.

It is terrorism!

Shackle them and put them in jail!

People asking questions are heretics.

Sweeping decrees are made where there is no evidence nor ever can be.

It brings godly disasters.

The end is nighagain.

We think.

Except for that time the end was nigh, but then had to admit there was a lull.

Oops.

But let us brainwash young minds and indoctrinate them, anyway.

Remember a few years ago when researchers’ fudging of data was exposed?

And hacked emails revealed an uglier truth that scientists were urged to collude despite contrary evidence?

And that their dire predictions were all wrong?

But Climategate was explained away with bullshit stories, so it makes it all okay.

Many of those articles have been scrubbed online, and while almost none of the pro-climate change articles were removed, a very interesting number of the latter were.

But I kept copies of them.

I know who I am dealing with.

Although I remember this one that I can no longer find, where Kofi Annan claimed climate change was as bad as those Weapons of Mass Destruction that didn’t actually exist:

Screen Shot 2018-11-04 at 9.31.58 PM.png

But every one of these limousine liberals have limos, private jets, travel excessively when they could just as easily use Skype, and most do not live on farms, but in polluting mansions.

Just the way Catholic priests had gold, millions, priceless art, and lived it up as they molested children.

We forget about those who look at data and ask questions.

If the Left think they have found a sneaky way to be bible-thumping extremists by loophole, you’ve already been exposed as frauds.

There have been far too many manipulations, feints, propaganda, rigs, and exploitations to give free reign to the self-appointed godless priests who think that they have the solutions to a problem.

The problem is all of them are connected to various robber barons and corporations to be taken seriously. They are mouthpieces to those who are more responsible for pollution than the average middle class elderly woman who still buys every bullshit story she hears and then cowers in the corner wasting whatever little time she has left whining that we’re doomed.

Grow up, Tinkerbell.

The world survived flatulent dinosaurs. It survived an Ice Age. It survives being in the brutal outer space.

It will out-survive us.

It lived without us for eons.

It will live without us for eons more.

The Left have a penchant to sound like abusive husbands who make big threats that our world will collapse if we ignore them and strike it out on our own.

We have scientists pretend that they are never wrong, make mistakes, or lie, and we have tangible proof that they do and frequently.

Priests tried that old infallible trick until people got wise to it.

And they will get wise to this group, too.

It is one thing to find problems.

It is quite another to them come up with a system solution that requires a devout flock who completely appeal to authority, engage in questionable and untested unnatural habits, and never question their decrees.

It is not about denying anything else but the Cult who have lines their coffers well with their sermons and preaching.

Their propaganda is no different than of the old Catholic Church. The structure for mass compliance, control, and in-group/out-group narrative is the same.

But those games in an Age of Propaganda should surprise no one…

I thought New York City was supposed to be liberal something...

But in a span of a couple of a days, The New York Review of Books gives Jian Ghomeshi a dubious platform to feel sorry for himself as if anyone was clamouring to hear from him, and now Vulture (aka New York magazine) send a Woody Allen fangirl to write a hatchet piece of his ex-wife through his proxy.

Again, I am not linking either article because if you want to know, you can stick it in your own search engine and find it yourself, and most likely have read both pieces already.

But I find the timing of both very fascinating. Both Gotham-based rags, but for a so-called “progressive” and “liberal” town, there is a lot of rampant sexism going on there. Harvey Weinstein comes to mind. CBS ousted a couple of their very high-ranking tyrants to female workers. Matt Lauer was another.

And that culture is still firmly entrenched there with the publication of two sympathetic articles in two separate publications on men who did very bad things to women.

It is becoming increasingly jarring to see it. It is as if not everyone over there has gotten the memo that this kind of boorishness is not something that you can spin — that you leave for Toronto’s National Post, a rag that lives in its own warped little reactionary universe…

Vice was built on "smoke and mirrors"? You don't say, New York Post and New York magazine!

I love an obvious story, and the New York Post has one as does New York magazine, too on how Vice Media did some very dodgy optical feints in order to seem more successful to potential investors than they were -- getting money all while, of course, poorly-paying and sexually harassing their female employees.

Yeah, that was always more than obvious. Their product was always male self-adoration narrative trash that was scant on facts and heavy on childish sophistry that thinks it is hip and edgy because they flip the bird in photoshoots.

Nah, that is what unoriginal grifters do hoping you will be shocked and not take a closer look at the shoddy work of the drivel they puke out.

That journalists have just clued in now is hilarious. They never learned to question those cocky white boys because they may be the Next Great Man or Visionary.

Please, grow up ad grow a pair of ovaries.

They never learned to question, think critically, form a hypothesis, and conduct and experiment that tell them if what they see is real or a bluff, and in the media industry, puffing is just a way of saying hello.

Anyone who thinks Vice has any value is naive. It never did. It is just peddling a fairy tale narrative to pacify the boys who never became hip and edgy rock stars.

It's just silly, but it is always a hoot to see the extent of journalistic gullibility show its empty head every once in a while...

The Battle of the Zombie Grifters: It is war between the Partisan Left and the Partisan Right. How a dead profession cannibalizes itself one propaganda campaign at a time.

America is under siege, and it is a zombie attack. The dead profession of journalism wants citizens to join the ranks of the undead and it has thrown a virus into the mix, known as Propaganda. Yes, it is really that dreadful, but as not too many people want to be zombies or hang out with zombies, the siege has been something of an epic bust.

That's why citizens found a nice refuge on social media and walked away from journalism in droves.

Zombies are not pleasant to listen to with their babbling, and they stink.

So seeing that the pickings are, like, super-slim, the zombies have turned on each other. It is a Zombie War, kids.

But since zombies have rotten cabbage for brains, thinking up how to divide themselves into sides was reduced to Left and Right.

Dead journalism has been reduced to partisan propaganda with two grifter warlords trying to reclaim the glory.

The Left side of the partisan equation have gone full-force, being the quintessential paranoid conspiracy theorists extraordinaire. Everyone is to blame: Trump, Russia, Facebook, and the Right-wing media.

The mainstream Left are the equivalent of the Alt Right media, with both sides battling each other for ideological supremacy. It truly is a lose-lose war.

Both the Left and the Right have been busy, playing the same con games, but then pointing out the con games of the other side to prove their brand of partisanship is superior to enemy's side. It is a form of meta-propaganda.

No one reports the facts anymore. It is just one agit-prop campaign after another.

When I wrote OutFoxed, I was privy to intern emails from the FNC, dictating how things would be covered. In Canada, one major newspaper chain centralized their editorials for all of their papers as they also wanted writers to waive their moral rights.

So let's just say that journalism has been stifling independent over the last couple of decades. This erosion is nothing new -- it happens nationally and locally, mainstream and  fringe, and through broadcast and print.

So when one media outlet points out the sins of another, it is a war tactic. It is akin to a group of armed soldiers telling you that their enemies are armed, and therefore untrustworthy.

Sure.

It is why both sides of this equation are equally manipulative. They want control. They want power. They cannot stand that people may discover that those lines in the sand are not divine, and there may be better ways to develop an ideology that doesn't involve getting a script and then following it to the letter.

So when partisan on the Right Sinclair Group had their on-air talent not present news but a partisan propaganda tactic, the partisans on the Left jumped on it with their own partisan propaganda tactic of showing the various anchors repeat the same script.

Fight propaganda with more propaganda.

The default assumption is, of course, Sinclair is issuing a script and its enemies exposed it; ergo, the enemies are right, but considering one group showed one cluster...and then another did the same thing, they are, in fact, doing what Sinclair did. They are no different.

And the worst of it is that we have no alternative to a dead profession. We have a war of two grifters trying to reclaim power. We even see governments panicking that they are losing their grip, with France wanting more control over social media.

It's a changing world terrifying the old guard whose old feints and gambits have failed them -- and they would have never allowed for social media and search engines in the first place if they knew how liberating it would have been.

Anarchy slipped in, along with the idea that you didn't need someone else to validate your thoughts or serve as a middleman to relay your life for you. It is a war on all fronts with journalism's partisan sides battling each other as they battle social media for dominance they can never regain.

Let them slap fight each other. That's not the problem -- it's the lack of the alternative that matters -- and it matters right now...