"The medium is the message" may have been the most perceptive, not to mention prescient statement every uttered about the infotainment age, and this stated way back in the infancy of TV.
1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
3 What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?
4 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.
5 The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.
6 The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.
7 All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.
8 All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.
11 There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.
12 I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
13 And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith.
14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
15 That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.
16 I communed with mine own heart, saying, Lo, I am come to great estate, and have gotten more wisdom than all they that have been before me in Jerusalem: yea, my heart had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.
17 And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.
18 For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
The brilliance of these statements indicates to me anyway that people were much smarter, sharper back in the day than are we supposedly more evolved peons of today and of course they were.
The radio age! People scrapped and suffered greatly during those times and humanity became the better for it, until the postwar era and the advent of the baby boom. Now everything has a gauzy soft edge, nothing really matters and there is none, zero, nada, fight left in a populace that is all too happy to throw away their personal freedoms for instant internet connectivity and free bread/circuses.
Including, uhmmm, you too. Oh yeah, and me, as you kindly pointed out.
Infotainment addicts are way, way overstating the importance of Snowden, especially the latest so-called revelations. Mainly Snowden has impacted Greenwald's future prospects and bankroll for nothing else actually has changed anywhere that I can surmise, for even if the government were to "reform," it is the private sector driving the secret data bus these days and guess to whom Greenie just sold title to the Snowden revelations....uhmmm, thats right to a billionaire internet oligarch.
Is that an elegant coincidence or a hidden in plain sight conspiracy?
Whatever, meet the new boss. Not really same as the old boss with the smiley face, the kute kitten pix, the new/improved line of BS.
The solution to this displacement, according to Schmidt, is to foster conditions that encourage the creation of fast-growing startups that generate lots of jobs, or "gazelles." Those conditions include better education, looser immigration laws, and deregulation in strictly-controlled areas like energy and telecommunications.
When Levy noted that fast-growing "gazelles" seem to lead to more inequality, at least in the case of the 50-employee WhatsApp which was acquired by Facebook for a reported $19 billion, Schmidt brushed aside the apparent contradiction. "Let us celebrate capitalism," he said, opening his arms. "$19 billion for 50 people? Good for them."
Yes, wake the fock up everbohdee. Your new enemy doesn't work for the government. Your new enemy has more skills, less constraints and a more omnipresent future than the government.
The government works for him. And so do we, suckers. We just dont know it yet because we are too busy having fun with the toys he gave us.
Governments are soon to become as obsolete as state-run jails. Thats what 'libertarianism' means. The future is that of an enslaved mankind who delusionally believes that we are "free" simply because the government has subsided doing all these evil things government does.
Including Medicare. And social security.
Blame Obama yes, oh yes, that fucking kissass pussy but dont forget the manly virile Vladolph or the sneaky Chinese, and dont forget our heroes Glenn, Assange and Snowden either for that matter.
These guys, one and all, aim to privatise!
Greenwald's handling of Snowden versus Assange's handling of Chelsea proves once again that it doesnt matter who makes the discovery, invents the methodology, patents the process or creates the new paradigm, it is the lawyers who always win and everyone else gets fucked in the end.
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IOW, Greenwald got to where Assange thought he was going to get, that is until he dicked himself all up with the FBI sweeties in Sweden.
The only reason Assange isn't today as free as Greenwald is because he isn't as gay as Greenwald.
And whatever happened to that Bradley Manning chick anyway?
Snowden himself is a cipher, an afterthought, a comfy guest/prisoner serving his time at the leisure of the king of all disorders authoritarian.
But he does have his own bodyguard detail, courtesy of the FSB. So he is protected by the guys who are also doing in Russia what their counterparts in the US whom Snowden exposed to the world are also doing.
Strange twist there, eh?
Snowden, Manning and Assange done good, fwiw, but they each allowed themselves to become objects in the process in one way or another just like every internet "user" who is oblivious to the fact that he is being abused.
Cass Sunstein published the blueprint for US Govt paid fakery years ago. It's not like the feds were obscuring what anybody who has served in the justice system involuntarily already knows fo shizzle.
Snitches. Everywhere. No escape, then you die. In prison. So keep you mouth shut and you eyes open, looking down at your ill-fitting prison crocs.
On the outside we do essentially the same if you simply exchange "smart phone" for "ill-fitting prison crocs."
And anyone who spends 5 minutes in the Guardian comment threads realises the Russkies too have a veritable Cossack regiment of paid fakes, which easily turn into a marauding army of red ants after you add in the unpaid millions of useful idiots (waves to Fairleft) who cheerfully consume the (free!) dogma and also the (free!) phony confirmation of the dogma provided (free!) by the professional online paid fakes at RT, PressTV, SANA, Pepe Escobar, Web Tarpley, Alex Jones, et al.
And this is just a partial list of those considered to be leftist (but in fact are simply another contending flavour of right-wing paranoia). In fact, the list of infotainers on the more traditional rightwing side is udderly in charge of that braindead caucasion demographic entrenched as they are both by the powerful elites and plebes alike. Their influence seems neverending. But as one noted oldster once commented when he was much younger, "time is an ocean but it ends at the shore." Soon enough there will be the carcasses dead white whales littering beaches from sea to shining sea.
Bet on it.
The grand consiracy of the internets is woven into the "network." A conspiracy requires a network. And a "web". The user is being captured, leeched upon, spied upon, bought and sold for huge profits every day by the real enemy. The internet user long ago signed away his freedom for free stuff.
The majourity of users understand and accept this fact of our cyber commodification in exchange for free stuff. And you, me and they ignore every bit of the downside except when we are also sold the Snowden bits as an infotaining distraction.
The government is today just a small department within the infotainment industrial complex that now rules our lives.
The government just doesnt fully realise it yet. They too are distracted by their own smartphones!
Infotainment Fascism doesnt require government stormtroopers for it is hardwired into the world wide web and generally accepted without thought by the users. The internet isn't controlled by a shadowy conspiracy at all, but by the same forces that always control everything, those who possess das capital. Capitalists do not require shadowy conspiracies to control us because the successful capitalist already possesses the means of control and can exhibit his control right out in the open, while people pay happy tribute to his Lordship with money, unquestioned product loyalty and effusive praise.
It is beyond ironic that Greenwald's funding now comes from Mr. Paypal billions, the same who cut Assnage's funding off at the balls, instantly turning him into an object. This perhaps above all else illustrates the very sharp point that I am making.
"The medium is the conspiracy."
Once we engage as objects (and there is truly no other way online for the 99%) we are dead and gone. In exchange for our souls we get to frolic and play reindeer games, cuss and discuss, watch all the old movies and listen to all the old and new music free! Shop at huge discounts on eBay!
Pay for our goods with PayPal!
Aye, but the real price we have paid is very, very heavy indeed. We have paid with our lives and have already forfeited our children and grandchildren in the bargain.
We just dont know it yet.