But in as much as you can describe it, it can adhere to communicative principles, for instance:
This article appears in the Sun.
Pay Fury is efficient signalling. Pay is a short word and Fury is highly emotionally loaded. It’s words like this which earn tabloids their money. Fury is a brilliant word for a tabloid style article on anything you wish to highlight.
Pay Fury is a category, a genre in itself.
You can trot this out forever and it will always work.
Health Killjoys pocket £100k
Killjoy is loaded – it means meanspirited, no fun.
Pocket when used as a verb is like trouser – it means took home or earned but is more evocative of securing funds without really working for them, ie stealing.
More than 350 nanny state killjoys pocketed x for y.
The language is of sensation and excess. The emotion, morality, direction, size, certainty, outrage are all embedded in just a few words. That is what words can do. And if you know how to get words to do these things, then you can achieve big things. The tabloid press exist for agenda setting.
“For telling us what to do”
What do the top managers at the Sun earn?
They tell their readers what to think about. They don’t mention what they don’t want anyone to know.
They obviously underpay the underlings.
But the overall goal is to undermines public services and promote post-Brexit private healthcare.
All communicators should be monitoring this paper.
For uncut real time agenda setting you need to stick your head in The Sun.
May I make clear at this stage, that I do not believe in fact and that everything you may be about to read ought to be taken with a pinch of salt that is directly proportional to the various chips currently in residence just north of what may medically be labelled as my humerus.
A pent-up perpendicular self-parodying post, for public edification . . . (ok, we get it, ed)
You got me burnin’ up
Looks like the FT Editor Lionel Barber is openly getting behind the UN depopulation agenda.
No stranger to World Government, it’d be stranger still if he didn’t attend Bilderberg / WEF etc.
Barber’s commissioned the Cameron / Murdoch apparatchik Camilla Cavendish to push for EUGENICS in today’s FT.
And by gum has she delivered!
In the current climate all you have to do is use the words biodiversity, climate change, extinction & floods & you have a self-awarded licence to call for the type of austerity (for the lower orders) that makes the well-known serial killer & rapier of children George Osborne look like a Sorosian philanthrope.
Tackling big tech and democratizing journalism were the main topics I took from this year’s Media Democracy Festival in London this Saturday.
These things are planned long in advance so I shouldn’t expect people who have been preparing talks on structural problems in the media to have an entire programme based on very recent news.
However one thing I felt could have got more attention is the impact of the various reviews and reports that have come out about the media in the last few weeks.
Vanessa Baird of the New Internationalist mentioned the risks that the recent government commissioned Cairncross Review will lead to large corporates cannibalising a newly proposed fund. A fund that’s supposed to support local and public interest journalism.
The thing I worry about is that the recent Anti-Semitism affair is a sign of things to come in a future where politically motivated government backed digital regulators provide additional censorship on top of that already imposed on social media by the likes of Facebook, Google and Twitter.
Natalie Fenton, one of the organizers of the Media Democracy Festival, told me that the small print of the Cairncross Report makes provisions for a digital regulator.
In recent weeks Tom Watson, Labour’s Media and Digital Secretary and member of Labour Friends of Israel, has called for a Social Media Regulator.
Watson recently set up a party within the Labour Party called The Future Britain Group.
Despite having once written a book called Dial M for Murdoch with former Independent journalist Martin Hickman in which they attacked Murdoch, Tom Watson now clearly bats for Team Rupert.
Cairncross’s Report was clearly designed to protect Murdoch and other Press Barons from “big tech” and also from strict official regulation.
Cairncross, when calling for Social Media Regulation , made no mention of Leveson2 – the uncompleted aborted inquiry into phone hacking and rampant press criminality.
The press in this country are above the law.
Damian Collins, the Tory Chair of the Media Select Committee called Facebook “Digital Gangsters” in a recent report but he himself voted to end the unfinished Leveson Inquiry along with the rest of the Tory Party and the DUP.
Murdoch criminality is ok, so long as he is your friend.
Watson himself, though being in receipt of hundreds of thousands of pounds from billionaire press regulation campaigner Max Mosley, has remained completely silent on the subject of press regulation since the announcement that the Press Regulation pressure group Hacked Off were to take the government to court over the binning of the second half of the phone hacking inquiry into criminal activity at Murdoch’s News International publications which include the Sun, the now defunct News of the World, the Times and the Sunday Times.
Watson’s quote at the time was brilliant though scarcely reported.
He said that the conclusion of the inquiry into press criminality was essential and that Murdoch had gagged several phone hacking victims (and possibly journalists) by settling out of court but that an inquiry would have the legal right to give a platform to those witnesses and victims whose silence had been bought by the Murdoch empire.
Since then, Watson has slimmed down and aspires to be the Labour leader and PM.
Which he can’t do without Murdoch.
So it seems clear to me that Watson is in bed with Murdoch.
Both are staunch Israel supporters. And both backed the Iraq war. So, having bonded over their mutual imperialism and disdain for all things Corbyn, Watson and Murdoch now collaborate.
The concern for me is that the new digital fake news regulator will engage in gangland retribution on behalf of Murdoch and the State.
For example, the Canary and Novara have been feeling the Facebook algorithm changes that have led to them getting less traffic.
Social Media is a de facto public utility – so it is bizzare that Facebook, YouTube and Twitter employ unaccountable moderators to use silence ‘bad actors’.
But what rules are the following?
Are they written down?
How different is this to China?
Who controls access to the public sphere?
And how easily can this be captured?
A digital regulator will work for Murdoch, May, and Watson and take out their rivals.
It will also help undermine any call for regulation of anything run by the Press Barons.
Newspapers currently have more online and digital subscribers than hard copy.
And the most popular site of them all, the Guardian, moderates it’s comments section but is also not regulated.
Same goes for the other papers.
So the system is set up to silence dissent while claiming to be free and self-regulated.
The solutions to this problem, as I have been told, are to migrate over to Web 3.0 and the decentralized blockchain.
I have come across Steemit, D-Tube and the soon to be launched Bywire, which is part run by Byline, a new online publication. I know and get on well with the people at Byline.
Byline are also on good terms with Watson and Collins, whom I cannot stand.
I have never been able to work that one out to be honest.
Byline do great work and Peter Jukes, one the driving forces behind Byline, helped break the Cambridge Analytica story and has done excellent work on the far right links in the Conservative movements tied to Brexit and the Conservative party.
I interviewed Peter last year for Real Media and I really recommend the two videos we released!
One of the presenters at the festival, a Lithuanian female gamer, I forget her name, talked about 4chan and how there alt-right is strong in gamer communities.
I have heard of Gab which is supposed to be like Nazi twitter but I have never been on it.
Tom Watson also made lots of noise about paedophilila a few years ago and mysteriously stopped talking about it.
He said that Leon Brittan was part of a Westminster VIP paedophile ring.
He talked about Rotherham too. But that all suddenly stopped.
Rotherham was etched into the NZ mosque attacker’s gun.
But like his Tory rival Sajid Javid, Watson has chosen to blame the NZ attack on Social Media and said nothing about the role of the Murdoch press.
Whereas Sajid Javid chooses to grandstand against refugees and compete with Tommy Robinson over who is coming down hardest on ‘Asian paedophiles’ – Watson likes to point his own gun at Social Media and, like Javid, at “anti-Semitic Corbynistas”.
I believe a significant share of the antisemitic allegations that have been directed at the Labour Party are politically motivated. Murdoch himself commissioned Tom Bower to write a book about Corbyn which is full of falsehoods and is itself a racist tome. The book was serialised in the Mail on Sunday and when the author appeared on Sky television (recently sold by Murdoch), he labelled a left wing guest, Michael Segalov, “a self-hating Jew”.
Watson has had plenty of soft interviews with Andrew Marr recently in which he has been allowed to set out his stall. His main problem remains that he has no charisma.
He and Javid clearly don’t mind racist populists so long as they are Islamaphobic.
Like the ex Liberal leader, David Steel, Tom Watson will be sitting on lots of info about child sex abuse in the UK but has chosen to pursue his political career in lieu of obtaining justice for the victims.
Javid, May and obviously Murdoch are awash in paedophile info.
Maybe, like his new friend Murdoch, Watson is having too much fun playing with the possibilities of Kompromat.
In many ways, Murdoch and Watson are the perfect evil double act.
Could Watson somehow take over without winning a Labour leadership election?
Well of course.
All it takes is for Corbyn to die.
The Australian politician that got egged this weekend got more attention than Corbyn did when he was recently attacked in Finabury Park.
Is there any footage?
Why has none of it been shown?
And why has Watson’s twitter feed not called out the Murdoch press for its racism and Islamaphobia?
Feels like everyone else has.
Is Watson really an opposition Minister or is he controlled opposition?
Vladimir Lenin said the best way to control the opposition is “to lead it ourselves”.
I’ve been reading Inside the Mind of Xi Jinping this morning, which is brilliant.
It’s no secret that the Morning Star swings to the left.
And one shouldn’t belittle its fantastic work highlighting underrepresented points of view.
But it’s quite remarkable when the newspaper it is most in sync with is … The Sun.
Obviously a constellational thing.
Many years ago it became clear to me that the right wing press was funnier than the left.
I grew up in the 1990s when most right-on alternative comedians opposed the Thatcher and Major Conservative governments.
So this all came as a bit of a shock.
But the culture war has now moved on.
People like me need to get with the times.
The war of ideas has become more sophisticated than I recognized.
Political marketing assumes many forms.
Have I become more paranoid?
Or have things genuinely moved on?
Until very recently Rupert Murdoch, the billionaire owner of the Sun, backed Theresa May.
She called an election in 2017 and made sure she put the elimination of the Leveson Inquiry into press criminality on her manifesto.
Murdoch’s staff had been paying the police and getting people sent to jail for relatively minor crimes such as helping undercover journalists buy small amounts of drugs.
In other countries such behaviour would be called entrapment.
For this she was rewarded with favourable media coverage and became so full of hubris that she didn’t even turn up to the TV debate.
Murdoch got what he wanted when the then Media Secretary Matt Hancock got the entire Tory Party (except 5) to vote, along with the DUP, to bin the Inquiry.
Hacked Off, a press regulation pressure group financed by F1 Billionaire Max Mosley, took a Judicial Review case to get the Government to reverse its position, but they lost.
The verdict was announced last week.
If only the story stopped there.
Carry on Brexit
Murdoch is for Brexit. It helps shrink the state and turn the UK (and its overseas territories) into even more of an oligarch-friendly low tax regime.
The links between the Sun’s ideology and the right-wing think tanks coming out of Tufton Street are repetitious.
But the the US Tea Party and even Reagan’s Republicans have always been skilled in dressing up their deregulation in a Ché Guevara beret.
Steve Bannon constantly refers to culture wars. I remember the American conspiracy theorist historian Webster Tarpley telling Alex Jones back in 2009 that to get rid of Obama the right would have to attack him from the left.
And so the Sun’s anti-regulation anti-EU stance now overlaps with the Morning Star’s!
I am not against debate.
But it is good to get enough background context to back up the valid instinct that you are being lied to.
Knowing who funds the article you are reading usually tells you more about what is being written than the words themselves.
The fact that the Morning Star is dead against the EU shows how strongly the unions must really feel about Brexit.
Phillip Coggan of the Economist tweeted about the parallels with UK 1930s politics recently. This was possibly in relation to the Nicky Morgan and Oliver Letwin suggestions of a temporary technocratic Unity Government.
George Lansbury (grandfather of actress Angela) became head of the Labour Party at a time when they split and one half (not his) joined a Unity Government.
Lansbury once edited the Herald, a workers’ newspaper that eventually became The Sun.
Funny to see the spectres of Mosley and Lansbury rear themselves once again.
Bored of the Jewdas after 90 seconds, I didn’t understand why they flyered outside a Gilad Atzmon concert when they could just as easily chat to him over a nice cup of English Breakfast.
But there’s nothing illegal about what they did. Nothing bad.
I’m more interested in Gilad Atzmon. He’s caused way more of a fuss. Here he is on RT.
Atzmon’s upset people. He served in the Israeli Army, became a Jazz musician, and renounced his Israeli citizenship. Most significantly of all, Atzmon has written books which have seen him accused of holocaust denial.
Dissent is good and free societies should allow people to make up their minds for themselves.
If Jewdas want to call Atzmon an anti-semite, good for them. If Galloway wants to praise him, go-ahead.
And if the Sun want to call them all anti-semites, so what?
Atzmon’s wiki says many accuse him of holocaust denial. I find this hard to believe, but I haven’t read his work.
Salman Rushdie achieved similar notoriety, but on a grander scale. His Midnight’s Children is amazing but I find him an insufferable bore. His friendship with Bono hasn’t helped.
Back to The Sun
Despite their accusations of Corbyn’s anti-semitism, The Sun are equally happy to blast anti-capitalist anti-zionist “bad Jews” such as Jewdas.
But they are equally happy to go for Jewish businessmen.
The language and imagery used to describe Nat Rothschild, Oleg Deripaska and Peter Mandelson in Monday’s Sun is positively conspiratorial.
Once you start throwing the word Rothschild about you are opening yourself up to charges of antisemitism. Tone and imagery give you away.
In the case of Mandelson, Osborne, Rothschild and Deripaska, I assume the story is completely true but they should have been more restrained.
But how could they resist? Who doesn’t love a bit of conspiracy?
Speaking of which, why is Farage linking Assange? And why is a guy from LBC Radio accompanying Farage? James O’Brien, also of LBC (but a Rampant anti-Corbyn Remainer) defended Farage’s LBC colleague as being “all right”. Not good, I’m afraid. What happened?
Only now noticing how utterly fucking mortified Farage and friend appear when caught leaving their Assange meeting pic.twitter.com/HtHj3oTE9N
Speaking of better days, here’s Maureen Lipman’s advert for the former state asset, BT.
Nick Griffin of the far right BNP has just come out in support of Jeremy Corbyn – not for his economics but for his Syria policies.
Funny that because the Daily Mail’s recent economics line has been closer to vote-winning Labour Policies than any other periodical except the Morning Star. If anything, the Mail are louder.
Corbyn and the Mail are against the GKN Melrose takeover, both favour saving the Open University and both criticise tax avoidance and privatised utilities such as water and electricity.
I mentioned the Mail’s bizarre economics and politics in the Amusing Ourselves to Death podcast on Real Media last Friday:
Given that Assange is working with Farage, Nick Griffin supporting the Labour Party is a real wakeup call.
The Fascist Daily Mail are already copying Labour’s economics of intervention.
The Government now advocate economic intervention in markets and psychological intervention in the job centre!
John Major famously declared he wanted to turn Britain into a classless society. Letwin called it Social Market Economics and contrasted it with Corbyn and McDonnell’s Crypto-Marxism. As opposed to Crypto-fascism, which is where we are going.
Adam Curtis often talks about Vladimir Putin’s PR guy, Surkov.
He puts out the truth but also funds opposition parties and generally promotes organised confusion.
Looks like he has decided to enter and disrupt the UK market.
And in that sense he has won.
With so many agenda and so many players it is almost impossible to know who is doing what and why.
Murdoch is very powerful and anti-Russian, but the Tories have taken so much money from Russians and got so deeply involved with them that it is difficult to know when they are serious about dealing with Russia and when they are simply lining their own pockets.
A friend and I recently agreed that Naomi Klein’s latest book No is not Enough appeals less to Brits than North Americans.
We have other things going on like Corbyn and Brexit.
I like how the American media are so upfront. They openly discuss their administration’s white nationalism and deregulatory stance on health insurance, tax, guns, & net neutrality.
Here in the UK our deregulation is not so much spoon-fed as subliminal.
Just like with shadow banking, we know it’s naughty, we know it’s happening, but we act as though everything’s above board.
Too much Red Tape, Mate
The Brexit vote of June 2016 was sold as the perfect opportunity to take back control of our borders, recover sovereignty and cut Red Tape.
Click the image below for the original Sun article.
But exactly which regulations we’ll be cutting remains to be seen.
After all we’ll still need to retain the right to trade with Europe.
We’ll also need to keep our rights at work, protect our food, and look after the environment.
Countries will only trade with us if they trust our regulatory standards.
How will that happen if we become a totally unregulated space?
As Tax Justice Campaigner Richard Murphy puts it:
“We need rules. Try playing football without any rules. It doesn’t work.”
The lack of clarity from our journalists and politicians may be part of the problem.
Academics like Daniela Gabor, Prem Sikka, David Graeber, Vickie Cooper, David Whyte, Steve Tombs, and commentators like Frances Coppola, Ann Pettifor, Nicholas Wilson, and Ian Fraser are all reliable.
But few out and out hacks are prepared to rock the boat by asking difficult questions.
Even fewer politicians make meaningful commitments, give straight answers, or admit mistakes.
We don’t need no Education
In the midst of all this emerged Nigel Farage.
While the left and right were playing musical chairs in the centre, a gaping chasm opened up everywhere else.
All anyone had to do to occupy the space was point out the contradictions in the system.
Engineering of Consent
So in a strange social experiment the British public briefly entered an age of demagoguery. One that can’t be undone.
Where Thatcher, Blair and even Cameron got their voters mildly excited, unelected Mr Farage got the nation to say “No” to the Establishment and replace it with — the Establishment!
The only problem with all this was that nobody ever thought that the Brexiteers could win. The Brexiteers themselves had no idea what they’d do once they won their coup.
As Hannah Arendt said of the British Empire:
It has often been said that the British acquired their empire in a fit of absent-mindedness, as consequence of automatic trends, yielding to what seemed possible and what was tempting, rather than as a result of deliberate policy. If this is true, then the road to hell may just as well be paved with no intentions as with the proverbial good ones.
In the following clip Nigel Farage strategically attacks ‘diversity’ before claiming that English is no longer spoken in many parts of the UK.
He’s our very own Donald Trump. The influence he’s projected over global politics is staggering.
Earlier this year after asking if Trump’s an anarchist, I asked anthropologist David Graeber to distinguish between corporatists like Farage and fascists like Marine Le Pen.
It was Auntie wot won it
Before the referendum I asked the BBC how frequently Farage had appeared on Newsnight, Question Time, and The Today Programme — they refused.
I assume someone like Rupert Murdoch was supporting him.
In the wake of the phone hacking scandal and the Leveson Inquiry James Harding moved to manage BBC News after having edited Murdoch’s Times for six years.
Maybe he was leaned on by Murdoch to include Farage on the BBC’s radio and televised debates.
Despite being a fully paid up member of the Metropolitan Elite and presumably a Remainer, Harding knows which way his bread’s buttered.
Amusing ourselves to death
Though humouring his old boss would have been logical, what started out as a joke led to a constitutional crisis.
By attacking the EU and political correctness in the way that he has, Farage has managed to overturn forty years of food, employment, financial and environmental standards.
Farage is currently employed by Rupert Murdoch in the US and by LBC talk radio in the UK.
Neo-liberal economics was underpinned by a belief in the idea of infinite growth. But the rapid growth of the ‘left behinds’ who under Thatcher had been written off as the acceptable rate of unemployment led to a growing divide.
They had no way out of a life of austerity.
At the same time came the rise of the Metropolitan Elite with their skinny lattés and Polish plumbers
Plenty of newspapers also told their readers to vote for Brexit.
They weren’t all convinced by Jacob Rees-Mogg, Boris Johnson, Liam Fox and Michael Gove.
The Sun, the Mail, the Express, the Sunday Times, and the Telegraph are all still fervent Brexiteers.
But according to those Brexiteers who aren’t in the Cabinet, the Government are making a hash of Brexit.
The potential benefits of a Brexit deal are fast disappearing as the Government commits to paying more and more money to the EU.
Who is going to stand up for UK regulation?
How will a balance be struck between protecting UK business, UK citizens and non-citizens?