Saturday, 23 April 2011

My article for The Lefist. The Mass Media: A Monopoly On The Truth

The nature of an authoritarian society, is based upon characteristics that are of mutual necessity to construct and propagate themselves. Indoctrination of conformity and subjugation depends upon a monopoly of truth. Monopoly of Truth is how I define the nature of the mass media and mainstream state institutions myself. As torturing agent O’Brien tells Winston Smith: “I tell you Winston, that reality is not external. Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else. Not in the individual mind, which can make mistakes, and in any case soon perishes: only in the mind of the party, which is collective and immortal. Whatever the party holds to be truth, is truth. It is impossible to see reality except by looking through the eyes of the Party.”

The same George Orwell wrote of his alienating  frustration from the propaganda imposed against the revolutionary forces in Spain. Whatever opposed the tyrannical agenda of governments, whether they be Francoist, Nazi or Stalinist, were the “fascist  criminal” enemy, anarchist, communist or Trotskyist. The fundamental principle of the latter forces was in post-ideological opposition to the totalitarianism of the former regimes. We observe a prominent example currently. The Chinese government imprisons Liu Xiaobo and Ai Weiwei for their dissidence. We rightfully condemn this, while western governments justify torturing our Winston Smith in violation of the Geneva Conventions exactly like China, solider Bradley Manning, for revealing evidence of crimes against humanity ordered by American and British army generals in Iraq and Afghanistan. Julian Assange who reveals the war crimes as a journalist through WikiLeaks, is convicted of fabricated and manufactured sex crimes, that the western media represent as fact. What dichotomy.  The pervasive nature of the Monopoly of Truth is the foundation of lack of freedom in every society. The West is Oceania, and Stalinist governments of the East, Eurasia.
The hierarchy of the mass media is fascist by definition. As Mussolini defined it, “Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power.” On behalf of vested elite interests, the media decide elections through smear campaigns against the opponents of corporate interests, whenever they do not censor or conceitedly ignore them. A passive  and unrelated sentence at the end of a fearmongering article, the randomly chosen story of desperate suffering and victimhood, the pseudoscientific scares,  the celebrity cult of personality. The rhetoric doesn’t consider how to deal effective and empathetically with the failures and  tribulations of society. It merely dehumanizes, scapegoats, hysterically induces the collective unworthiness and hatred of the primitive mind that could hang its monsters and homogeneously march upon the streets.
In the advent of our freethinking and revolutionary movements, a founding principle is an often used but relevant phrase I am fond of: “Be the media.” We are the true media, as the challengers and educators of opposition against evident injustice. What this foundation of democracy defeats is intimidated by it, and will oppress it as far as it can, where it can. It will at least stereotype and attempt to discredit it, and at worse commit atrocity against those engaging in it. It will find its own self-serving excuses through the Monopoly of Truth. Once viewed objectively, its excuses are non-existent in credibility and its agenda will accordingly be disposed by a free society.