Media Induced Hysteria. Seemingly the drug of choice for mobs of self-righteous crusaders as of late. Injecting it like heroin into the vein, they set forth to clumsily bludgeon their ideas of what society and culture should be into the hearts and minds of the people.
In a contemporary world where any private conversation, email, text, minor political contribution or viewpoint not aligned with acceptable modern thinking can be cherry picked and used as fuel by hysterical zealots, we all have good reason to be concerned.
The most recent example is, of course, the now infamous Donald Sterling. In case you’ve managed to be unplugged from any form of media in the past week, Sterling is an NBA franchise owner who was recently (illegally) recorded having a private conversation with his girlfriend.
This unlawful recording contained what could best be describe as a mild, domestically related spat. A man expressed his displeasure over his much younger girlfriend’s habit of posting photos of herself, in the company of young black men, on social media websites.
At first glance, we silly, unenlightened folk might wrongly conclude that the recording actually had more to do with jealousy than with racism. If you were to hear only the recording (without reading or watching any news story beforehand), I wouldn’t blame you for any confusion as to why something seemingly so mundane has garnered such intense national attention. I mean, who cares?
Well, they say whoever controls the media controls reality, and when a major news outlet’s first line regarding the topic reads, “Perhaps only in Hollywood could we script such tragedy in the midst of great rejoice, thereby creating a stage for the hero to vanquish the villain”, then I would say the reality they’re trying to create is one of myopic loathing and lynch mob justice.
Of course these aren’t new tactics. Hell, I would say nearly every week we find similar instances involving public figures or officials having their private lives attacked for even the most minor transgressions against liberal thought. Another great recent example is Brendan Eich, the CEO of Mozilla (Firefox). Eich was essentially forced to quit his position after ruthless and persistent media badgering. Eich, you see, made a $1000 donation nearly six years ago to an anti-gay marriage special interest group. God forbid anyone support something so politically incorrect.
Rob Ford is another good example. Here again, we have a private recording with a personal acquaintance violated by the media. Ford strongly expressed his distaste with the exchange of the Canadian flag for the Rainbow flag during the Sochi Olympic Games. The pattern repeats: a moral stance, a personal opinion expressed in confidence, a leaked tape, a public crucifixion.
In fairness, I’ve managed to find at least a few articles suggesting that perhaps this has all gone too far. Blatantly invading someone’s privacy and using their information to create a pubic circus is both legally and ethically wrong, and some people still recognize this. Nevertheless, every one of these few articles prefaced their points with placatory tripe. It was as if some malevolent, omnipresent being made of pure ‘politically correct’ energy had to be appeased.
“I am the first to defend against the ignorant evils of racism; but perhaps this is wrong, maybe.”, read one such wavering article.
Make no mistake, although most of the victims so far have been public figures in one way or another, these attacks are but shots across the bow for every person holding conservative ideals. It will affect you and I directly if left unchecked, make no mistake.
Warning to all: ‘Orwell’s Telescreen’ is in your house, watching everything you do. Shut up and conform, join the mob, or risk losing everything.
Bit by bit, conservatism and any semblance of societal dignity is being hammered away at and eroded. Our voices are rapidly being lost in the noise of the degenerate news media. It seems we’re all too scared to speak up, knowing that all it takes is one slip up, one wrongly worded comment to the wrong person, to lose it all.
As I was writing this I stumbled upon a story posted just this morning, I suggest you have a look if you don’t believe it could affect you.
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