The Monkees had it right with the song Zor and Zam. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13sR8SlyOXs?rel=0]
It is an astute song of two little kings who decide to declare war on each other; except no one shows up to fight.
Because the only people who benefit from war are those who call it.
The song could very well be the anthem for the radical centrist -- and political atheist.
The one who doesn't pick sides because it is a rig and a ruse with the same end result of dragging you into a battle where you lose your free will and then are discarded.
Politics is a form of war, but so, too is journalism.
It has always thrived in wars, even if the coverage is pure propaganda.
Especially if the coverage is pure propaganda.
Journalists love a patriarchal narrative the breeds wars: good guy up against the faceless enemy who has no redeeming qualities, and victory is the complete submission and subjugation of the villain.
Look how journalists are going after Facebook and Russia -- would you think either had a single positive trait if you went by the news stories?
Or that journalists ever did anything wrong?
We are now seeing the most extremist coverage in journalism in the history of its existence. I study propaganda and have since I was an undergraduate psych student, and I have read hundreds of journalistic war stories over the decades.
And nothing compares to the extremist narrative journalists are churning out every single day.
The question is why.
Simple: because journalists know their fortunes tend to rise when the use that patriarchal and antagonistic coverage that sparks wars, suppresses common sense, and incites people to cheer the destruction of complete strangers who never did any harm to anyone.
But a very weird thing has been happening: the war cries aren't doing it.
Their secret deadly weapon suddenly isn't doing its trick. At all.
Which presents a very interesting shift in the world that hints at some sort of evolutionary upgrade: that old method is now out of tune with us, making journalism obsolete.
But it doesn't make information obsolete.
The problem is we now have a void where we need some other structure and form to get informed.
And journalism isn't it anymore.
Because journalism itself is inherently violent. It discriminates, demonizes, manipulates, and forces rigged choices and outcomes.
Like Zor and Zam, their influence is gone and their spell is broken.
Because it is time for a communications based in peace, not war.
One where war is exposed as are all of its tricks so that we all can benefit from the bounty that comes from the tranquil chaos of peace instead, of being at the mercy of the greedy who thrive in secret order of war...