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The importance of alternative media : Comments

By John Avery, published 30/10/2018

The media are a battleground where reformers struggle for attention, but are defeated with great regularity by the wealth and power of the establishment.

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"The alternative media, and all who work with them deserve both our gratitude and our financial support. They alone, can correct the distorted and incomplete picture of the world that we obtain from the mass media. They alone can show us the path to a future in which our children, grandchildren, and all future generations can survive ".

Yes. But with the average reading age below eight years of age these days, and the general lazy, hedonistic attitude of the populace, 80% of them are not going to avail themselves of anything that requires concentration and thought. Most people don't even avail themselves of the MSM sludge.
Posted by ttbn, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 8:09:16 AM
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Education is an absolute must if we are to avoid war, poverty, want and all life on earth. Publications like OLO are few and far between.

Even so, few of those contributing have any idea what they're on about. But like some are welded to an unshakable, carved in stone, point of view and so much so to the point of cognitive dissonance.

If actually listened to? Will just enable the status quo or the same old same old! And as long as such, do nothing real, views hold sway? Our situation grows ever more perilous day by day!

We live in times that call for here and now action on multiple fronts, not obsfucation that allows almost every can to be kicked down the road, given real action would impact on this or that bottom line or sovereign risk or some such?

As if the financial outcome for tax-avoiding, profit gouging, profit repatriating foreign interlopers? Trumps the national interest? As for wars being fought by mercenaries from the lower echelons of the social ladder? What has really changed save the bank balance of the users, abusers and exploiters?

Every boy and his dog seem to have an agenda, which seems to exclude the other tribe/the majority/a significant minority/ the great unwashed/the unvarnished truth? Wars are fought to sell newspapers and armaments!

And creates vast profits for the aforementioned? Even as some armies are corporatised to the point of stupidity and rank dehumanising incompetence? That just treats human beings as commodities to be expended!

Newspapers (traditional) are often expanded by adhering to the one guiding principle. Let's not have the facts get in the way of a good story? And here I say, thank heavens for tiny, struggling against the odds Journals, like Not or profit, OLO!

Hiroshima and Nagasaki bound to be repeated before sanity returns. And only made a gold-plated guarantee by the refusal to adopt the very nuclear technology that would very safely burnup weapons-grade plutonium, i.e., MSR thorium!
Thank you, Editor in Chief, Graham Young, for OLO!
Alan B.
Posted by Alan B., Tuesday, 30 October 2018 12:09:54 PM
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The article is a neat summary of what could take place in mainstream media, yet does not.
It is not difficult to agree with many of John's propositions, particularly on the question of information overload, thus a kind of defeatist boredom with current events.

Yet there is an aspect of the main media which does not seen to have been considered and that is that truthful, factual reportage is very costly in time and monetary terms.
I agree with the suggestion that alternative media is a welcome relief from the dogma of large or powerful communication interests, but to follow it demands a great deal of personal evaluation of its history of factuality, and this in turn demands more than just a desire to be entertained - it requires a genuine need to know.

We have in our electronic media what is probably Australia's most trusted and appreciated platforms the ABC.
That organisation is anything but inexpensive to run, but is also anything but casual in its approach to responsible, balanced journalism. It sets a benchmark for reliability which is often a major shortcoming of what is referred to as alternative media.

At the heart of the article is the idea of knowing what one does not know, knowing how to be sceptical in finding out, and knowing whether you have reached a true, factual knowledge.
Posted by Ponder, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 1:24:26 PM
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Good essay, but which alternative media?
This essay (and website) addresses the problem, and the solution in a unique way: http://priorunity.org/excerpt-humankind

In his book The Heart-Mind Matrix: How the Heart Can Teach the Mind New Ways to Think Joseph Chilton Peace describes how TV relentlessly reinforces the primitive reptilian brain, at the all-the-way-down-the-line expense of the Heart-Mind Matrix, and by extension the (potential) evolutionary drive and force of the prefrontal cortex, and even the possibility of the emergence of any kind of positive future for Earthkind altogether.

That having been said isnt it completely obvious that all of those on the alt-right, and much/most mainstream right wing bloviators too, are dramatizing and promoting the dark politics of the reptilian brain.

Even worse, everything that the orange-haired reptile-in-chief does/says/tweets reinforces the back-to-the-past dark politics now being dramatized all over the planet.
Posted by Daffy Duck, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 2:13:20 PM
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there would be no need for alternative media if mainstream media reported facts and told the truth. Your abc and other Government funded propganda outlets have failed miserably. They even make Murdoch look good. Thankfully the likes of Trump have uncovered how deceitful and full of lies many of our journalist are.
Posted by runner, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 3:16:54 PM
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See how cleverly runner reinforces my comment, With his TRUMPted remarks. What sort of world would we have without the likes of Trump and his adoring runner?

It must be considerable comfort runner? To know you're always right. Such absolute certainty, an absolute blessing and a wonderment to behold!
Alan B.
Posted by Alan B., Tuesday, 30 October 2018 4:23:44 PM
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