GAMING THE ALTERNATIVE MEDIA/RESEARCH COMMUNITY: SOME MORE THOUGHTS
I'm reminded of the Wizard of Oz here: "lions, tigers, and bears...oh my!" Only our mantra here might be, "Whistleblowers, insiders, and sources, oh my!" Why do I say this?
Well, I don't know if you've noticed or not, but there seems to be a wholesale meltdown going on in the alternative media/research community, or at least, in some segments of it. But before we get to all that, first, a loose working definition. By alternative media/research community, I mean that community that deals in everything from the JFK assassination, 9/11 truthers, conspiracy theory, paranormal phenomena, UFOs, to social and economic critiques of the current political regimes ... the whole gamut.
Now let's get to the phenomenon itself. Most of us in this community take it for granted that we are being "gamed," that our perceptions are being managed by the lamestream media, our political leaders, corporate finance gurus, and so on. We're all familiar with the fact that in the 1950s the CIA and various other agencies infiltrated the major media organs in order to exercise quiet veto power and editorial influence. And some of us are even familiar with similar tactics being applied to UFOlogy, yet, we stop short of thinking maybe the same thing might be going on in the alternative media/research community as a whole.
Enter the "whistleblowers, insiders, and sources...oh my!" I have, on at least three separate occasions, been offered "inside information" and a special "track", and on two of those occasions I can honestly say an attempt was being made to "recruit" me, by whom, and for what, I do not know, but I can guess: it is easy to disseminate those directed history narratives and memes into a community through already-established outlets.
The result is a phenomenon well-known to students of early church history and theology, and the phenomenon of Gnosticism: the result is cognitive dissonance. Once one comes to rely upon whistleblowers, insiders, and secret anonymous sources or "special contacts" and what-have-you, then it becomes a case of this scenario-and-guru-of-the-week (my thanks to a friend for that beautiful and very apt expression), versus that scenario-and-guru-of-the-week, as I commented on a recent Byte Show Interview.
The effect of this approach, and the effectiveness of this type of perception management, is twofold: for those media organs reliant upon it, it means inevitably the introduction of a constant questioning of any and all people - and information - coming from outside one's own narrow little sub-culture within the wider field. A kind of unending mental dialogue within the mind is induced, the end result of which is a kind of paranoia, as any good psychologist could tell you. And there's another difficulty here.
Certainly reliance upon whistleblowers, insiders, and sources, has its place in journalism. After all, where would Woodward and Bernstein have been without it? But there is a difference between using such testimony, and relying upon it, as so many in this "community" do, particularly some media outlets. When on relies upon it or gives such exclusive attention to it, it can, in my opinion, lead to a kind of cowardice: the outlet never has to backtrack or admit, that in pushing certain sources and whistleblowers and their stories, they might be wrong: "We just report, it's source X's mistake." Research, conversely, is fraught with that danger, and indeed, one accepts, and claims, the academic right to be wrong, for in all probability, with time, and more data, one will indeed be found to be wrong to some degree, or even totally.
At the second level, for those following the various divas and their various sources, whistleblowers, and insiders, and the endless stories they tell, the conflicts and contradictions between the various narratives induces yet more cognitive dissonance, not only within an individual mind, but within the community. The psychological state thus induced, if one is not aware of it, is very subtle, for the narrative has subtly changed, from is this true? to which outlet and source do we trust? and ultimately, of course, the goal is to not trust anyone. And when there's no trust in any scenario or interpretation, there is no concensus, and when there is no consensus, there is no meaningful collective action.
Time alone will tell if we are witnessing the much-needed house-cleaning within this field, between research, and whistleblowing and insider-sourcing. Hopefully, I'll be able to flesh out the techniques of this game in volume two of Apocalypse Theater, but in the meantime, for my own part, I continue to be wary of whistleblowers, insiders, and sources.... oh my!
See you on the flip side.
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Maybe they should place the “flavored-conspiracy of the week” right next to the wheaties and the corn flakes in the cereal aisle! This way we don’t have to spend so much time getting duped!
Isn’t there something going on similar to when early Christianity was formulated out of hundreds of different Gnostic Sects? What will come out of all this is anyone’s guess?
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Above top secret
While Alex Jones and Max Kieser seem hell bent on creating violence, “hang the bankers!”.
A good start.
Although, I think Max has a preference, towards the guillotine necktie.
In fact they’re looking at Gillette as a sponsor.
Both the ever-growing ‘alternative’ media and ever-present
mainstream media wind up following and falling in love with the same god.
So I would say,
“DON’T FOLLOW THE MONEY !”
It will always put you on the wrong road.
you are looking for truth.
Get off the $$$$ bandwagon.
THEY want your money just as much as the
The private monopoly money cartel is the yellowbrick road. Although the author was using silver(slippers) as a symbolic ‘silver bullet’ to break their monopoly hold(it wouldn’t work). Today, as in the past, they ‘control’ the market. They have the gold. Or, let’s say, they have the tools to master the markets of gold & silver.
They own ALL the horses in the race, except the people. But they own they’re minds(media/education).
The internet and ‘other’ factors may become a ‘game changer(The only worthwhile bet to date).
The ‘gold’ is missing, even to them,
which is why they have all become panicked
and turning against each other these days.
I would surmise that this is all mixed in with
those strange bearer bonds.
AMEN to that!
Finally, someone says what probably, many of us have been wanting to say.
Either trust in thy self or trust in God! We all have to experiment in one way or another and making mistakes is part of the process! In any event I prefer to do my own work as much as possible so if I did it wrong well at least I tried or made an effort and learned something good or bad! Either way it is still another feather in my cap.
Trusting others has got me in the most trouble unless it is direct family or some one I have a history with as in known them for a long time. But I suppose as a journalist you have to lean to trust “some sources” and hope or pray that you are not being setup or damaged too badly in the case that you might be utterly and or completely wrong!
Really all you can do is try to look at things from as many views as possible pro ‘s and con’s. And examine your own gut feelings or instincts or beliefs.
We are in strange times for all those predicting catastrophies and or apocalypses I say “maybe not”! If we can or get humanity into this transition stage leading to a golden age. There are some benevolent folks helping from behind the scenes disabling many peoples abilities and weaponry to wage war and commit genocide in one way or another.
There are some people that are going to have to be taken out or off this world some in not such nice ways to free humanity for a brighter future. Just right now we are in a time of great uncertainty so prayer of all types is needed perhaps more now then ever.
You state, “There are some benevolent folks helping from behind the scenes disabling many peoples abilities and weaponry to wage war and commit genocide in one way or another. There are some people that are going to have to be taken out or off this world some in not such nice ways to free humanity for a brighter future.”
How do you know there are “benevolent folks helping from behind the scenes disabling many people’s abilities and weaponry”? How do you know “there are some people that are going to have to be taken taken out or off this world in not such nice ways to free humanity”?
It sounds as if you must have some deep inside information. Guru of the week, perhaps? Oh my!
Well, I agree. It is indeed sad to see the la-la-land divas making the latest predictions of the week. They seem to compete with each other to see who can be the most silly. Unfortunately their antics are distructive to their followers trust at the very time sanity is in short supply. Most people are followers and easily latch onto a guru because it relieves them of the bothersome task of thinking.
The same activity is rampant in many churches today. In churches they don’t call them whistleblowers. It comes to you as a “word of knowledge” or “message from the Lord”. The message is often…”God told me to tell you bla bla bla”. The obvious question to a thinking person would be, “If God wanted me to know something why would he not just tell me?” But of course you must be a thinking person and most are not.
My sincere hope and prayer Dr Farrell, is that you continue to hold the line on facts over fantasy and speculation over predictions..
They were masterly at descerning the nuances of gesture, a mere eye blink or a way of breathing revealed a state of mind. It was not sorcery; they were illiterate, and so they could read perfectly with every other sense. Anyone who said literacy made a person brighter was wrong. Being literate, not speaking the language well, out of your element and perhaps feeling insecure, unnerved, and suspicious-all these made a person much more observant.
Very good points. I’ve noticed that search results for alternative media has become very narrowly focused towards just a few outlets. Many of which I suspect are being manipulated or are blatant miss informationist specialists. The web seems to be drawing in by ever so slight degress( to keep many of us unaware) tighter and tighter around our conscious perceptions and sources of info and possible insights. It deffinately is being managed much more aggressively than when it was started and many times it is only possible to reach the supressed areas through contact links and social network advertiseing and they seem bent on finding a way to close this loop hole. But as any good mullet cast net fisherman knows, all it takes is for one mullet to find that one hole big enough to squeeze out of and the whole school of fish will instantly begin following it out of your trap to freedom.
” “lions, tigers, and bears…oh my!” “- you forgot to include “…and things that go bump in the night” 🙂
great insights as always, Dr. Farrell- it’s just so disheartening to see all of this back-stabbing, squabbling and pots calling kettles black in the alternative media- what a waste of time and energy- all it shows is a deep insecurity that many individuals are also not 100% convinced of their own 100% validity otherwise they wouldn’t bother attacking another who somehow tries to defame them- it’s just so classic “divide and rule” but none of them seem to be able to see the forest because of the trees- very frustrating-
“… for those following the various divas …”- oooh, baby, certainly you must’ve noticed there are a lot of “divos” out there, too, and they all seem to be suffering from (as we call it in the music business) “Tenoritis” (and it’s terminal, believe me)-
“it can, in my opinion, lead to a kind of cowardice: the outlet never has to backtrack or admit, that in pushing certain sources and whistleblowers and their stories, they might be wrong”- exactly, and I think that’s the biggest problem- many seem to elevate their egos/own importance to a higher level than the info they present-
in any case, what a mess!- let’s hope the maid will come soon to clean the house-
many warmest regards,
Larry in Germany
when i hear the words:
my friend inside
a cia or military source
my elite friend
the bs meter goes on.
then i listen for the memes and social themes, because that becomes a kind of reverse information.
Or how about “high level insider” which is one of Wilcock’s favorites. Or anything sbout channelling.
Do you mean David Wilcock?? God just his surname makes me want to hit my head against a wall lol. But people still follow his nonsense with complete credulity. It amazes me still how stupid people can be.