"...it's not the training to be mean but the training to be kind that is used to keep us leashed best." ~ Black Dog Red

"In case you haven't recognized the trend: it proceeds action, dissent, speech." ~ davidly, on how wars get done

"...What sort of meager, unerotic existence must a man live to find himself moved to such ecstatic heights by the mundane sniping of a congressional budget fight. The fate of human existence does not hang in the balance. The gods are not arrayed on either side. Poseiden, earth-shaker, has regrettably set his sights on the poor fishermen of northern Japan and not on Washington, D.C. where his ire might do some good--I can think of no better spot for a little wetland reclamation project, if you know what I mean. The fight is neither revolution nor apocalypse; it is hardly even a fight. A lot of apparatchiks are moving a lot of phony numbers with more zeros than a century of soccer scores around, weaving a brittle chrysalis around a gross worm that, some time hence, will emerge, untransformed, still a worm." ~ IOZ

Apr 24, 2010

A Question Which Answers Itself

Why do MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times and the Boston Globe spend so much time and copy on the shenanigans of white, angsty Christian boomers and know nothing twenty somethings who gather in the thousands, when they could barely rustle up a stringer between the lot of them, to cover the age, race, creed, sexuality and language spanning gatherings of hundreds of thousands, and millions?

Let's ask that question again:

Why do corporate media conglomerates - owned by defense, energy, entertainment, real estate, insurance and banking combines - spend so much time and copy covering the minor protests of misdirected angry white middle class antagonists who agitate for reductions on the tax burdens of corporations whilst clinging to a nationalist and militarist disciplinary state (maintained to punish domestic and foreign brown people) when these corporate behemoths could barely rustle up a stringer between the lot of them to cover the insurrectionary, anti-imperial, anti-corporate mass gatherings, often organized by anarchists and leftists, of protest against wars, border control and globalization?

Answers itself.


JM said...

Here's something that might be of interest to this situation:


Jack Crow said...

I think the best way to address the situation is to walk away. That may not appeal much to adrenaline junkies and would-be armed factions, but "walking away from Omelas"* suits me just fine.

I'm working to build a small corner of the demi-monde and the greymark, in anticipation of the day when more and more folks spin out of the orbit of the energy and matter sinks we call capitalist accumulation.

* - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ones_Who_Walk_Away_from_Omelas