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TheHill -- Could I have some news with my emotions, please?
'...emotions can be like an addiction. The only way to hold a viewer’s attention is to continually ratchet up the emotional stakes. It’s not enough to connect passionately to a picture or a video clip; the audience also expects a fierce attachment to news anchors and reporters — they want to see journalists emote, which is embraced as a more reliable truth than the facts and figures being reported. -- Media analysts refer to this as the “post-literate” society, where words matter less and images are our main “language,” the most effective way for humans to communicate.'
literaryculturevsoralculture  journalism  emotionalism  bellyfeel  duckspeak 
5 weeks ago by adamcrowe
Spiked -- What is the real 'Orwellian nightmare' now? by Mick Hume
'...The purpose of Orwell’s Thought Police is not simply to punish those found guilty of mentally straying from the correct state diktat. It is also to encourage the rest to practise ‘crimestop’ – described by Big Brother’s public enemy number one, Emmanuel Goldstein, as ‘the faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought… Crimestop, in short, means protective stupidity.’ That is where we have come to in the drive to ‘free’ society from offensive ideas: a point where alleged liberals promote ‘protective stupidity’ over risky free-thinking. -- Much that is ‘Orwellian’, then, passes without criticism in our society. So does Nineteen Eighty-Four offer a bleak view of the future, which is now our present? Not quite. -- ... In the book, Winston seems clear that it depends on the masses – that the intellectuals and middle-class party cadres are a lost cause, and that the supposed conspiracy of The Brotherhood among Party insiders was hopeless: ‘If there was hope, it must lie in the proles, because only there in those swarming disregarded masses, 85 per cent of the population of Oceania, could the force to destroy the Party ever be generated… But the proles, if only they could somehow become conscious of their own strength. would have no need to conspire. They needed only to rise up and shake themselves like a horse shaking off flies. If they chose they could blow the Party to pieces tomorrow morning. Surely sooner or later it must occur to them to do it? And yet—!’ -- Although Orwell was often accused of public-school snobbery towards the lower orders, he recognised that they were not under the same neo-Stalinist thumb as the intellectual classes of his time. There was hope there, however stymied. -- Yet who is now the target of those who talk about an Orwellian nightmare? Essentially, it is the proles, for believing the lies and backing Brexit and Trump. So Lynskey whines that Orwell did not foresee ‘that the common man and woman would embrace doublethink as enthusiastically as the intellectuals and, without the need for terror or torture, would choose to believe that two plus two equals whatever they want it to be’. -- Ignoring the dodgy arithmetic, this last point rather gives the game away. Their real objection is that the mass of ‘common’ people ‘choose to believe’ what they think is true, rather than what their betters in the intellectual and liberal elite tell them to believe. The revolting upstarts! Where Big Brother uses the ‘prolefeed’ of mass entertainment and gossipy newspapers to try to control the proles, today’s elitists believe that the proles have been brainwashed into backing Brexit by tabloid lies and Russian bloggers. -- Yet that democratic revolt is far more meaningful for the future than the sort of failed petit-bourgeois protest staged by Winston, which the ‘Orwellian’-watchers want to celebrate. Above all, it is the democratic surge for Brexit, in the face of the establishment’s demand for obedience, which means that we are not quite living in Nineteen Eighty-Four. Seventy years on, contrary to the claim of the infamous Party slogan, who controls the past does not control the future. That stage of our history is still to be written, by those who refuse to conform to the ‘Orwellian’ demands of the liberal Thought Police for crimestop and unfreedom. We are still not dead yet.'
illiberalism  elitism  goodthink  duckspeak  falseconsciousness  1984 
9 weeks ago by adamcrowe
YouTube -- Rebel Media: Tommy Robinson campaign: TINY Labour Party protest in Heywood | Jessica Swietoniowski
NPC: "I think you should leave now. You should leave...Why don't you fuck off? Just fuck off. Go on. Do one. Get out of here."
socialism  duckspeak  illiberalism 
may 2019 by adamcrowe
Quillette -- Teenage Climate-Change Protestors Have No Idea What They’re Protesting by Felix Kirkby
'...As a teenager, I fully understand the mindset of young people. We’re predisposed to leap before we look. This is borne out by neuroscience. Our prefrontal cortices, which regulate (among other things) decision-making, planning, self-awareness and inhibition, do not fully develop until we are in our mid-20s. Until then, we have difficulty analyzing the long-term consequences of our actions. The upshot is that many young people tend toward reckless behaviour. Our decisions tend to be rooted not in scientific analysis but in emotional reaction; and we tend to see protest not as a tool for social or legislative change, but simply as a chance to upset the status quo. This is especially true of the Youth for Climate movement, which first took inspiration from Thunberg, a student who is now 16 years old. The low level of sophistication on display at such gatherings is such that many participants seemingly would be fine with laws than banned flying, driving, gas boilers or even cows. -- Indeed, such protests often are presented to young people as social events. If there is a guarantee that you, as a young person, will be stuffed into a public place for a good few hours with a group of your peers, and given social licence to vent at great volume, why not just go and cause some trouble? The spectacle of state-sponsored educational bodies encouraging children to attend climate protests compounds the problem further, as it essentially shifts the cost of the missed lessons onto the taxpayer. -- If schools truly did want to encourage their students to engage productively with the climate-change issue, they should simply expose children to a full range of relevant literature. But this would not be nearly as exciting as street protest. Moreover, some of the ambiguities in the literature might even give students grounds for pause.'
forcedmemes  globalwarming  emotionalism  bellyfeel  goodthink  duckspeak  usefulidiot  herd 
april 2019 by adamcrowe
YouTube -- Orange Man Bad! #orangemanbad #meme #npc
"Orange man bad. Diversity is our strength. Gender is a social construct. White people must be abolished. Real communism hasn't been tried yet. You will not divide us. This meme is dehumanizing."
duckspeak  1984  satire 
november 2018 by adamcrowe
Spiked -- Leavephobia – the new racism by Brendan O'Neill
'Hating Brexiteers has become the most acceptable prejudice of our time. -- ... It is so striking: we live under a political class that speaks in the language of ‘inclusion’, which considers prejudice to be the great sin of our age, which reprimands everything it judges to be hate speech, and yet when it comes to Leavers all of that starched, censorious politeness goes out the window. You can say anything you like about the dim, teeming millions who voted Leave, and about the evil demagogues who made us do it, because of course we’re so fantastically stupid that we cannot think for ourselves. You can call them ‘low-information’. You can say they think with their ‘lizard brains’, as the New Statesman did. Slimy sub-humans! You can say they emerged from the ‘sewers’ (Nick Cohen) and that they will hopefully die soon (Ian McEwan). You can call them thick, ignorant, racist, deluded, fat (one study says Leave voters were of course higher in areas with high levels of obesity. Corpulent plebs.) -- You can say all of this – and that’s just in public; imagine what they say at their soirées – and not only will you not be told off for being prejudiced, but you will be applauded as sane, decent, ‘one of us’. -- ... They are not opposed to the dehumanisation of social groups – they just want their own acts of dehumanisation to take precedence.' -- Rabbits gonna rabbit
UK  goodthink  duckspeak  illiberalism  doublespeak  hypocrisy  snark  rkselectiontheory 
november 2018 by adamcrowe
YouTube -- Black Pigeon Speaks: WHY the NPC Meme CRASHED TWITTER #OrangeManBad
Ultimately it was hoped to make articulate speech issue from the larynx without involving the higher brain centres at all. This aim was frankly admitted in the Newspeak word duckspeak, meaning ’to quack like a duck’. Like various other words in the B vocabulary, duckspeak was ambivalent in meaning. Provided that the opinions which were quacked out were orthodox ones, it implied nothing but praise, and when The Times referred to one of the orators of the Party as a doubleplusgood duckspeaker it was paying a warm and valued compliment. ~ Nineteen Eighty-Four
conformity  duckspeak  newspeak  1984 
october 2018 by adamcrowe
Breitbart -- Delingpole: Must Read Lecture: Top Physics Prof Nails the 'Global Warming' Myth
'...Elites are much more susceptible to this nonsense than ordinary people. -- As Lindzen explained, elites are less interested in truth than in what is convenient. #1. They have been educated in a system where success has been predicated on their ability to please their professors. In other words, they have been conditioned to rationalize anything. #2. While they are vulnerable to false narratives, they are far less economically vulnerable than are ordinary people. They believe themselves wealthy enough to withstand the economic pain of the proposed policies, and they are clever enough to often benefit from them. #3. The narrative is trivial enough for the elite to finally think that they ‘understand’ science. #4. For many (especially on the right), the need to be regarded as intelligent causes them to fear that opposing anything claimed to be ‘scientific’ might lead to their being regarded as ignorant, and this fear overwhelms any ideological commitment to liberty that they might have. -- None of these factors apply to ‘ordinary’ people. This may well be the strongest argument for popular democracy and against the leadership of those ‘who know best.’'
forcedmemes  globalwarming  groupthink  goodthink  duckspeak  elitism  RichardLindzen 
october 2018 by adamcrowe
YouTube -- Pat Condell: Brexit Morons
Comment: Sargon of Akkad: 'This is the single best synopsis of the entire affair, hands down. Pat, every word you say resonates with me like music. I am proud to be one of the little people who just wants to be left alone by the bureaucratic tyrants. It's the essence of what it is to be British.'
rkselectiontheory  subversion  goodthink  duckspeak  illiberalism  UK  apocalypse  * 
september 2018 by adamcrowe
BitChute -- Pat Condell: Brexit Morons
"...That is what democracy is for: to protect us from people like them; from people who insist that they know best; from people who have shown – without any doubt – that they cannot be trusted to honor a vote..."
rkselectiontheory  subversion  goodthink  duckspeak  illiberalism  UK  apocalypse  * 
september 2018 by adamcrowe
Spiked -- Now we know: ‘the resistance’ is the establishment by Brendan O'Neill
'So now we know what ‘the resistance’ really is. It’s the establishment. It’s the old political order. It’s that late 20th-century political set, those out-of-touch managerial elites, who still cannot believe the electorate rejected them. That is the take-home message of the bizarre political spectacle that was the burial of John McCain, where this neocon in life has been transformed into a resistance leader in death: that while the anti-Trump movement might doll itself up as rebellious, and even borrow its name from those who resisted fascism in Europe in the mid 20th-century, in truth it is primarily about restoring the apparently cool, expert-driven rule of the old elites over what is viewed as the chaos of the populist Trump / Brexit era. -- ... Hatred of Trump has become the moral glue of the bruised elites who have been either pushed aside or at least dramatically called into question by the populist surge taking hold in the West. And so motored are these people by the shallow moralism of Anti-Trumpism that they are happy to marshal even a life as complex and interesting and flawed as McCain’s to the service of hurting Trump. -- ... The religious allusions, the talk of vengeance against Trump, the misremembering of McCain’s life so that it becomes a moral exemplar against the alleged crimes of Trumpism, exposes the infantile moralism of the so-called resistance. Albert Burneko, assessing some of the madder McCain commentary, says there is now a ‘condition’ that he calls ‘Resistance Brain’, where people display an ‘urge to grab and cling on to anything that seems, even a little bit, like it might be the thing that Finally Defeats Donald Trump’. Even if the thing they’re grabbing on to is actually a bad thing. Like a seemingly endless FBI investigation into the elected presidency. Or George W Bush, whose moral rehabilitation on the back of Anti-Trumpism has been extraordinary. Or neoconservatism: this was the scourge of liberal activists a decade ago, yet now its architects are praised because they subscribe to the religion of Anti-Trumpism. Being against Trump washes away all sins. -- Some on the left have criticised the moral rehabilitation of McCain. ‘Let’s not forget that he wanted war with Iran and lots of other places too!’, they cry. Yet the truth is they paved the way for his posthumous rebranding as one of the great Americans of the late 20th century. Since 2016 they have talked about Trump as a uniquely wicked president, a shocking aberration, the closest thing to Hitler since the 1930s. Their anti-Trump hyperbole, driven by their own political disorientation and increasing sense of distance from the electorate, has allowed any politician who is not Trump to mend their reputations and gloss over their own destructive behaviour. The transformation of Trump into the bête noire of all right-minded people, a pillar of unrivalled wickedness that we all have a duty to protest against in our pussy hats and orange wigs, has been a boon to the wounded pre-Trump political class keen both to whitewash its own crimes and to prepare for its return to the position of power it enjoyed before the electorate was corrupted by ‘post-truth’ hysteria. -- ‘The resistance’ is the fightback of the establishment against the people. As it is in Britain, too, where the rich and influential people fuelling the war on Brexit – the largest act of democracy in British history – like to refer to themselves as ‘insurgents’. It is the height of Orwellianism for these acts of elitist reaction against democratic dissent to dress themselves up as forms of resistance. But it is not surprising. From the get-go, the so-called resistance has been more a pining for the old establishment, for Hillary’s rule and for the continued domination of Britain by the EU, than it has been any kind of daring strike for a new politics. Look closely at the funereal elitism of McCain’s burial and you will see one of the saddest and most striking political developments of our time: how self-styled radicals preferred to throw their lot in with the old establishment under the umbrella of ‘the resistance’ rather than heed ordinary people who were saying: ‘Let’s tear up the old order.’'
politics  elitism  duckspeak  twominuteshate  1984 
september 2018 by adamcrowe
Spiked -- Those anti-Trump protests were really, really weird by Brendan O'Neill
'We have to talk about those anti-Trump protests. We have to talk about how unusual they were. We have to talk about what a disturbing spectacle they were. -- Some people claim the protests were in keeping with a long tradition of radical gatherings in Britain, from Suffragettes confronting coppers, to the mass rallies against the Vietnam War, to marches in solidarity with striking miners. But this is wrong. The anti-Trump protests were something new, and something very strange. These weirdly playful carnivals against Trump, people’s dancing and prancing and tweeting of their emotional disgust with the American president, speak to a new kind of apolitical protest, in which the aim is not to change the world but to trend online; in which people come together not to make a political statement but to make a personal one. -- To those of us who take politics seriously, virtually everything about these protests was annoying. There were the cloyingly twee placards, desperately designed to make a stir on Twitter. You know the kind: ‘Things are so bad even introverted people are protesting’; ‘I hate Trump so much I hope he gets stuck on the Central Line in rush hour’; ‘Not usually my thing, marching – but honestly’, etc, etc. -- There was the childishness: kids were everywhere, holding anti-Trump, anti-Brexit, anti-border control placards as if they know the first thing about politics. I wonder if they are the sons and daughters of well-connected Remainers and Guardianistas, by any chance…? -- There was the childishness: kids were everywhere, holding anti-Trump, anti-Brexit, anti-border control placards as if they know the first thing about politics. I wonder if they are the sons and daughters of well-connected Remainers and Guardianistas, by any chance…? Indeed, the Guardian published a piece by an eight-year-old explaining why she attended the demo. Of course it did. ‘I want Donald Trump to know we don’t like what he’s doing’, the brat said, which is funny because that infantile take on global affairs summed up the entire demo. And when an eight-year-old can capture the spirit of your protest, you know you have left the realm of adult politics for the playpen of emotionalism. -- ... Get some structure, people. Get some focus. Is the world ending, or not? What was your key complaint? What do you want politicians to do? Because if you can’t answer these questions then your demo just looks like a rowdy middle-class picnic at which a hundred thousand people are in essence letting off personal emotional steam. This was less a coherent mass statement, as protests have traditionally been, than it was a few thousand declarations of personal angst, or moral superiority. Witness the placards saying things like, ‘We care’ and ‘I care, do you?’. It was strangely atomised. It wasn’t a political force, it was a lonely crowd: disparate individuals joining together as much to say something about themselves as about the world. -- ... What all of this points to is a new kind of protest. There is a new generation for whom protesting is largely indistinguishable from a music festival. It has the same vibe, the same style, and the same constituency: the non-working classes, who define themselves through culture rather than labour, and who see themselves as having more in common with global technocratic institutions like the EU than they do with some of the people who live in their own towns (but on the other side of the tracks). If this is radicalism – which it isn’t – then it is passive radicalism. It is an entirely contradictory phenomenon, where on the one hand protesters are telling us actual Nazism is making a comeback, but on the other hand they’re not going to do anything about it except chill out in Trafalgar Square and post to Instagram a photo of them and their friends holding a ‘FUCK TRUMP’ placard.' -- Rabbits gonna rabbit!
rkselectiontheory  faggotry  emotionalism  hysteria  duckspeak  twominuteshate  1984  UK 
july 2018 by adamcrowe
YouTube -- Peter Hitchens on Syria
Hitchens: "Selective outrage is phony outrage by its nature. Either you're against all these [war-mongering] people or you're against none." -- Useful Idiot: "That's just ridiculous and that's not practical politics."
relativism  exceptionalism  duckspeak 
april 2018 by adamcrowe
Spiked -- Syria: The bloody price of Western narcissism by Brendan O'Neill
'The Twitter bombardiers have no idea of the horrors they will unleash. -- It is the casualness, the thoughtlessness, with which Western leaders promised to bomb Syria that has been most horrifying. -- War, you might think, is a serious endeavour. One that requires thought, discussion, a weighing-up of consequences. There has been none of that in Theresa May’s media-trumpeted promise to avenge the victims of the alleged chemical attack in Douma, or Donald Trump’s Twitter-blasts against ‘the animal Assad’ and his hints that he will punish Russia and Iran for supporting him, or in commentators’ demands that we bomb Syria because it is our ‘moral imperative’. On the contrary, these Twitter bombardiers, these iPad imperialists, openly eschew thought. Thought is for cowards. We must simply act and act now to show that we are good, they cry. They have no idea of the horrors that even their escalation of the tensions over Syria, regardless of whether or not they drop bombs, could unleash. -- ... After Western leaders warn Russia that missiles are coming comes the concern that such military intervention could ‘escalate out of control’. To organise international affairs in such a threaten-first, find-proof-later manner is incredibly dangerous. It speaks to the loss of any diplomatic or serious sensibility among those who oversee politics in the 21st century. -- The truth is that it is too late to worry about things ‘escalating out of control’. The escalation is done. You cannot corner a nation like Russia with warnings and promises of missiles and expulsions of their diplomats and expect there not to be dire consequences. Russia is not Libya or Somalia or Panama or any of the other nations the West has threatened in recent decades. It is Russia. It has an international reputation to protect, it has interests in the Syrian theatre, and it is increasingly concerned with what NATO is doing in the nations around its borders. Threatening it – ‘missiles are coming’ – is a deeply serious, destabilising business. That our leaders seem not to know this is terrifying. They play with fire and don’t even know they play with fire.'
america  empire  pathocracy  war  perpetualwar  duckspeak  bellyfeel  twominuteshate  russia  1984 
april 2018 by adamcrowe

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