Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Mainstream Conspiraloons #734 - Greece


Athens, Greece, on the outskirts of a riot, 1500BST:

"...it's not a problem for me and my colleagues to be hounded off demos as "representatives of big capital", "Zionists", "scum and police informers" etc. But to get this reaction from almost every demographic - from balaclava kids to pensioners - should be a warning sign to the policymaking elite. The "mainstream" - whether it's the media, politicians or business people - is beginning to seem illegitimate to large numbers of people.

As one old bloke put it to me, when I said: "Don't you want us to report what's happening to you?" - "No."


He was quite calm and rational as he waved his hand in my face: "It's too late for that."


26 comments:

paul said...

Good for paul Mason

gyg3s said...

Point 1, I followed your link and read Mason's blog piece. At the end I saw that he gave me/us the opportunity to post comments - I don't know why but the idea both repulsed me and induced hilarity. Anyway,

Point 2, on p138 of U Eco's 'Travels in Hyperreality' we have,

"The communication chain assumes a Source that, through a Transmitter, emits a Signal via a Channel. At the end of the Channel the Signal, through a Receiver, is transformed into a Message for the Addressee. Since the Signal, while traveling through the Channel, can be disturbed by Noise, one must make the Message redundant, so that the information is transmitted clearly. But the other fundamental requirement of this chain is a Code shared, by the Source and the Addressee. A Code is an established system of probabilities, and only on the basis of the Code can we decide whether the elements of the message are intentional (desired by the Source) or the result of Noise."

The Channel through which Mason is communicating is the mainstream BBC.

I think thickie-leaks, mobile-phone-atrocity-porn from mysterious demonstrators are attempts at communicating via a Channel that supposedly has more integrity than the MSM/BBC Channel. Thickie-leaks must be true because Bradley Manning has been jailed and is being tortured, right? Surely, these atrocity porn mobile phone pictures are true because it isn't as though the MSM has produced them, right?

I see these as attempts at maintaining media control in view of and in full knowledge of what Mason is saying.

Stef said...

I had the strangest sensation of having just read a piece of journalism after finishing Mason's post

though I probably didn't feel half as a strange as Mason did when he finished writing it

paul said...

Have to say Mason is the best of the bunch.
Always looks slightly out of place with the urbane Flanders/Peston types.
Gave a good speech here

Stef said...

Passably Acceptable Epitaphs of the World #320...

'Here lies X. Not as awful as Stephanie Flanders'

And so achievable too

paul said...

You're a harsh man, Zucconni

Stef said...

Not so much harsh as constrained by the limits of my intellectual capacities

I realise that it is theoretically possible for matter to exist simultaneously as a BBC frontperson and as a slightly better than awful human being without the universe imploding as a consequence

But when I try and imagine what such a creature would be like I get all dizzy and find myself needing a wee lie down

Stef said...

...I've downloaded that speech and will score some psychotropics on the way home to accompany it

Bridget said...

Greek crisis hits world markets | Business | guardian.co.uk

Bridget said...

Paul Mason isn't a scab:

BBC strike: a dozen journalists, a homemade placard and a former Play School presenter on the picket line | Media | guardian.co.uk

paul said...

One in the eye for the anti-masonic faction, bridget

gyg3s said...

"that speech" did it for me too. Anyone who cites Mario can't be all that bad.

Anyway, if he has the curiosity of an old school journalist he may drop by ... since,

"gyges01
@paulmasonnews you've hit the BIG time, a mention as an honorary conspiraloon, see bit.ly/j4kbxv
"

Who could not be intrigued to read this in their twitter stream, esp the all caps big.

Stef said...

nice one

Stef said...

"One in the eye for the anti-masonic faction"

clearly Mason must have joined the BBC after Mi5 ceased
"counter-subversion vetting"
of BBC staff

I'm not sure when the vetting stopped exactly, but definitely after that

gyg3s said...

I hope Mason does drop by: it reminds me of the time that Bob Carolgees visited the services.

I hope there isn't some Northbound/Southbound cock up. He should be here by now, writing prose of praise for us all!!!!

Stef said...

speaking as a Southerner, I regard Peter Kay as one of the finest documentary film-makers of our time

paul said...

Then I assume you're familliar with the fly on the wall work of ian pattinson

gyg3s said...

@paulmasonnews 're-tweeted' the link to his 14.9k followers. As to how many of them dropped by ... and as to what they made of all of this ...

paul said...

Ha ha, this could be the big time!
<knocks up giant paypal donate button/>

gyg3s said...

The problem with living close to the border is that sometimes, when atmospheric conditions allow, we get the likes of this ... problem is, it's fantastic.

paul said...

Indeed it is

paul said...

Is that stephanie flanders on your twitter page,gyges?

gyg3s said...

^Not the intrepid Flanders but Bjork.

The Antagonist said...

"I see these as attempts at maintaining media control in view of and in full knowledge of what Mason is saying."

Spot on.

The broadcast media Transmitters, attempting to buy credibility through the overly detested Channel of 'citizen journalism', to Addressees who are already wise to the manner in which the rules of the game have changed.

The Antagonist said...

Wandering through the Masonic talk and early on tripped over a reference to the Iran[c]ian 'Green' 'revolution'.

The Antagonist said...

Mason's at it again:

Today Greece. Tomorrow Europe's Gucci-clad elite | Paul Mason | Comment is free | The Guardian