Citizen Journalists Usher in A Changing of The Old Guard
James Fitzgerald | posted on Corey's Digs
May 13, 2020
As I watch the hashtag “Obamagate” spiral upwards on social media – despite the hosts’ technical chicanery to the contrary – it really feels like the collective mind is fracturing into two distinct realities: one embracing the apparent clarity and diversity of revelations around their political and corporate controllers, and other the orthodox brigade who, if they look at all, are becoming irritated by the outrageous claims of this “right wing” and “lunatic fringe”.
As a former journalist on national newspapers, I have been privy to the relaxed and comforting narratives about the world that pervade newsrooms. They are always quite simplistic and universally accepted across the MSM. It makes life easy, but dull. The only channels generally on view in newsrooms are the BBC and CNN. It is to these broadcasters that the news editors will look to check they haven’t missed a story before the final edition goes to print or they sign off on the website for the night.
In my 16 years as a senior editor, I became a daily fulcrum point for matters concerning markets, politics, lifestyle, economics and the arts. If you had asked me which stocks to buy or who would be the next “It” girl or boy, I would be able to answer with close to 100 per cent accuracy. The “news”, when you spend enough time ingesting it, conforms to a cyclical and predictable routine. That means that the world is either a very bland place or that the consensus reality we live in is tightly controlled, and embraced earnestly by many people.
In contrast, the profusion of opinions and documented events on Twitter, for example, represents a paradigm that posits the world in a much more diverse way. This flow of information and images doesn’t get the same vetting process as corporate, advertiser-led news outlets, so perhaps represents a stream of consciousness that is more reflective of the lateral-thinking population. That is not to say that it doesn’t evidence artifice and grandstanding and infiltration by corporate and state bodies.
About ten years ago I wrote an expose on the Apollo moon missions for a national newspaper. It never saw the light of day. I was congratulated on my gripping prose but told that it wasn’t something that readers would be interested in. The photos alone – taken on the way to and on the Moon – would have most people falling off of their chairs. The testimony of the former astronauts, military officers and physicists made a compelling case that intelligent and advanced life exists throughout the cosmos. If believed, it also demonstrated that those same staples of news hadn’t best served the public interest by ignoring this narrative.
Some of the footage on social media in recent months has included detailed shots of huge craft moving across the lunar surface and planetary-sized objects filling the outer corona (forgive the term) of the Sun. The US now has an official Space Force and the “Great Awakening” movement is no stranger to suggestions of black budget programs and the idea that “we are not alone in the universe”. To scan the MAGA-related posts, and the responses they elicit, is to embark on an almost hallucinogenic experience. Just like Alice, we follow that rabbit hole into another dimension of posited truths and facts. In comparison, my NASA feature reads like a sundry news item in a local freesheet.
This group of citizen journalists and commentators are holding a microscope up to every facet of daily life – and share a skepticism around vaccines, politics, foreign policy and globalization in general. The New Age concepts of “Ascension” and ET contact are also being blended in some quarters with this emerging world view. And why wouldn’t it? Talk of a secret space program started by the Nazis runs concurrent with discussions about Nikola Tesla’s work on free-energy propulsion systems and President John F. Kennedy’s plans to smash the “Deep State”. The Nazi hierarchy, of course, were known for their esoteric beliefs, and this creates a linkage to today’s narrative around the ritualized practices of some elites.
Whether or not one group is merely replacing the old illusions with newer, more sexy variants remains a moot point, but the schism in consciousness between the old consensus and the emerging one is hard to dismiss. Like all revolutions, the trick is not to be consumed with hatred and anger, which is where many a great movement handed power back to the dark side. Collegiate over chaos; imagination over immaturity; responsibility over wretchedness.
With Bill Gates pushing for mandatory vaccines, Benjamin Netanyahu advocating microchips for children and draconian measures being rolled out to suppress civil freedoms under a questionable pandemic, I know which consensus reality I have ringside seats booked for – declass and dismantling/i>.