Don't get me wrong...I love e-books, Kindle and Nook. My own books are available in e-book form. And I'd never buy an ebook. And here's why...
..there's a great article on the subject of the latest elitist preoccupation - the control of literature - at the Daily Bell here, and this article so grabbed me for its implications that I have to talk about it:
Yes I can agree with The Daily Bell and its expressions of sympathy for Bill Gates, and his victimization at the hands of the unscrupulous and sociopathological Anglo-American financial elite. And I can even agree with its characterization of Warren Buffet and similar characters (I can think of a few names of people in that class).
But my concern here, and it should be your concern, is with the move to control the classics, even to "ban" then or remove them from the public curriculum. This makes sense, for as I and anyone else who has ever taught literature or history knows, these disciplines, if taught correctly, train people to think for themselves, and to think critically, for they require the active engagement of the mind to decode symbols, images, to follow memes and motifs, and to recognize patterns of human behavior throughout time. It comes as no surprise to me, nor should it to anyone else, that the elites would consider the following:
"Books such as JD Salinger's Catcher in the Rye and Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird will be replaced by "informational texts" approved by the Common Core State Standards.
"Suggested non-fiction texts include Recommended Levels of Insulation by the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the Invasive Plant Inventory, by California's Invasive Plant Council.
"The new educational standards have the backing of the influential National Governors' Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, and are being part-funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ...
"Supporters of the directive argue that it will help pupils to develop the ability to write concisely and factually, which will be more useful in the workplace than a knowledge of Shakespeare"
Presumably, these more "practical" curricular concerns will extend to the prohibition of the movies and plays as well. But now imagine the vast capability for a Soviet style ability to revise whole books at will. A troublesome picture of Stalin with Sergo Orzhonokidze or (insert name of purged individual here)? Just photoshop out the offending figure... A troublesome reference or citation in an ebook? Just push a button and get rid of it, and amend the author's or authoress' words accordingly. Or if it a particularly troublesome book, just erase it from the public record altogether. Hence, I am old fashioned, I still prefer the hard copy...much more difficult to "amend, alter, or suppress" that way.
All that said, however, the really arresting words I found in this article were these, and they're worth pondering coming from a source like The Daily Bell:
"Whether such control existed in previous millennia we are not in a position to say. But it would be our perspective – avoiding a discussion of past civilizations – that the overt control of Money Power has been growing, not diminishing, of late."(Emphasis added)
Noting the reference to "past civilizations", add to that these words:
"Scarcity–based memes are STORIES aimed at the middle class and designed to frighten people into giving up wealth and power to specially designed internationalist institutions. Food, water and energy scarcity along with overpopulation and various military and terrorrist "threats" are the favorite tools of the top elites. None of the disseminated tales are true.
"But it doesn't matter whether they are true or not. The propagation and saturation of these stories – fables – are most important to the narrative that the elites want to establish.
"The chief narrative is that of the "small world." The world is to be seen as inevitably becoming "one." It is an ineluctable ascension to be desired and nurtured. It is, of course, for this reason that all talk of previous high civilizations is squelched. Whether they existed or not is not debatable, as the debate will never be held.
"There is only one civilization. It was launched 5,000 years ago and world government will be its crowning glory.
"This is the story. This is the narrative. There cannot be any other. And it is not enough for the elites to control the CONVERSATION. Now, apparently, they want to control the story line, as well."
And that, indeed, is the rub, and the real reason, perhaps, that researchers such as Michael Cremo and Richard Thompson, with their magisterial investigation Forbidden Archeology and its carefully argued thesis that some of intelligence was here, on planet Earth, prior to the rise of modern man, or that any indication of such an advance civilization in ancient times, has to be suppressed. Not only does such a notion confront the neat and tidy dogmas of evolution and paleontology, but the lessons from that civilization, if one is to trust the fairly universal stories in ancient lore of its downfall, are themselves fairly consistent: it fell due to its overreaching technological ambitions and lust for power. The chimeras of Mesopotamian literature, the terrible world-destroying technologies with which the wars of the gods were fought, everything from weather weapons to things even more frightful, are being engineered in laboratories now.
The elites do not want that narrative to become mainstream, for if it were to do so, it would perhaps inform the public of their own hidden interest in those stories and the technologies of emulation being researched as this blog is being written. They also do not wish those stories to be told for another reason, for they tell also of the moral bankruptcy and downfall of similar elites long long ago. The Daily Bell gets this one spot on, in my opinion. There is to be no stories of Atlantis, Lemuria, no entertainment of the actual possibility that there may have been a kernel of truth to the wars of the gods... we are, rather, to be distracted about shows about ancient aliens, and the tongue-in-cheek approach that such shows inevitably engender. And even in the alternative community, the attitude of an ancient "high wisdom" and golden age of jonquils and daisies is still the prevailing view.
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