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My answer to ‘why is there no political outlet for anger on the left’

Naked Capitalism poses a great question:  why is there no political outlet for anger on the left these days?

The author is looking at the US, but Canadian ‘lefties’ are in the same situation.

I have a few answers:

  1. Unprecedented levels of media concentration in the hands of the few;
  2. The left is paying the right, either in the form of iPad payments, cable bills, cell phones or 3-year contracts;
  3. Efforts by the media and media critics to paint the media as ‘liberal’ and ‘lamestream’, leading to an interesting ‘dumbing down’ process that affects all discussion, argument and efforts to move forward;
  4. The intentional campaign to smear all opposition as ‘radical’, ‘leftist’ or even ‘terrorist’ (landing many in jail and thousands of others on watch lists);
  5. Massive ongoing efforts to discredit those that commit their lives to the public service, from corruption scandals, to spending issues and mis-management of taxpayer dollars, to ridiculing basic salaries;
  6. Fragmentation on the left, rooted in a level of respect instead of demands to acquiesce (like the Cons did when they forced the Alliance and Reform MPs to ‘merge’);
  7. The inability of the left to create any kind of common voice, either via their own media outlets (which they would have to essentially start from scratch) or other means of communication.

The core of the issue lies with the very basic notion of propaganda and/or communications.

We don’t own the conversation.

Ironically, it’s been the right and – most importantly – the religious right that has been very effective at showing solidarity and unity, the very notions that should be at the core of the left.  They repeatedly use many voices to express a common theme and beat the crap out of progressives who are fragmented and appear confused when they have a crack at sharing an opinion on ‘public’ airwaves.

While reading some of the comments, I came to another epiphany, something the author is trying to evoke:  reading about rebellion is useless.  We no longer act.

How do we get people to act?  We are at the point of needing to panic, as the waves of Cons are just getting more maniacal and controlling.

Many people are stopping dead in their tracks out of fear.  How do we break those bonds that the Cons have placed on us?

Do we start canceling all of our cell phone contracts, cable bills and land lines and start pouring our savings into our own network?

Within a year, we’d have a hell of a lot of cash to invest if we actually made this crucial first step.

Who’s up for it?

The End of the Internet As We Know It

As we progressives are well aware, THEY own the media which, in large part, includes access points to the Internet.

“They” being folks like Rupert Murdoch (Fox, NewsCorp), the Asper clan (once CanWest), the Peladeaus (Quebecor, Sun Media) and so on.

These stories, however, paint a very real portrait of things to come.

It’s bad enough that bloggers are posed to be considered the world’s biggest threat to economic and democratic stability since the Lenin years (aka ‘blogging terrorists’).

Now, we’re going to be shunted into the halls of oblivion, never to be seen or heard from as long as the douches at Microsoft and other corporations have their way.

Here are some sample stories to digest:

This map shows us just how few companies and organizations hold their fingers on the ‘delete’ button, threatening any act of dissent.

Folks, we have to get very serious about what the Internet means to us.

Battles like Net Neutrality and access are just the tip of the iceberg and are actually meaningless and miss the point.

The real point is that we have to get ready to start building our own public internet or THEY will take it away from us.

If only we could get George Soros to start investing in real infrastructure.  That would be COOL!

Canada Not the Only Country Facing Detainee Issues

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Media Matters for America posted a rebuttal of sorts to the propaganda bombs being dropped in the Washington Post.

Expect to see similar BS come our way in order to defend the war crimes of the Harper Regime.

Cons To Fill A Black (Media) Hole?

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In this snapshot of international advertising forecasts from emarketer , it’s predicted that the average volume of advertising in Canada will drop as little as 2.5% in 2009, but if you look at global numbers (towards the end of the article), advertising around the world will drop anywhere from 6 to 10%. As an aside, that could be as much as $50 billion in lost global ad sales.

For Canada, let’s make some assumptions:

  • The value of all advertising in Canada is roughly $25 billion per year.
  • The impact of the drop in advertising will be relatively light compared to the global spectrum, but bigger than the smallest survey.  Let’s say the drop will be around 6% of total ad sales.

What’s the point of all this? We don’t get the magical $150 million that’s being tossed around as a short-term subsidy for corporate media, but a whopping $1.5 billion in ad sales , ten times the estimate that Canada’s media giants are said to be asking for.

And … what’s the point of all this? We’re getting the soft-sell folks. We’re being told it’s just a ‘temporary small adjustment’ and a small investment by the feds will plug the hole.  We’re being told life for small programmers and stations will be back to normal once we’ve spent Canadian taxpayer dollars on back-fill to replace defunct advertisers.

Don’t be fooled. If we start pumping cash into these entities, it won’t end.

Don’t let it happen people. Once the Cons start feeding these junkies, they’ll come back for more and more and more and more …

$150 million today will be $1.5 billion tomorrow and $5 billion next year.  Don’t start because it will never stop and it will never be enough.

Want an example?  How about the car industry?  Or forestry?  Or other natural resource producers?

Here’s my suggestion: let the market work things out (for a change).  If it has to happen, let the media companies go bankrupt and do what a true market adherent does:  buy low and own the market.

Tax Propoganda Films

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As a marketer, I always find this kind of stuff interesting:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfwZNomxsNg

It’d be crazy … if it didn’t work on at least half the population.