I’ll Stop Shouting At You When You Admit I’m Right
It’s terribly fashionable to shout these days especially into to the void that’s called Online, trying make yourself heard in the Tower of Babel. I think it’s an import from America and how the Right gets things done there, you know all those shouty TV people and especially the right-wing talk shows. They have a wonderful trick of cutting off callers they disagree with, carry on shouting a lot and it seems for all the world as if they’ve beaten the caller. They must be shouting an awful lot in the American Congress where they are attempting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, to remove health coverage from some 20 million citizens to give tax cuts to people who don’t need one and to whom the money would be of marginal value. Yay, way to go America.
It’s Independence Day today and in 241 years America has been unable to come up with a universal healthcare system or learnt how to write a numerical date correctly. Please don’t get me wrong, I love America I’m in awe of the things it has achieved, but I don’t understand the place. I mean Congress, what’s that saying again? Oh yes.
How’s That Going America? Asking For A Friend.
Now there are some very nice shouty people such as Jonathan Pie, fictional reporter, all in all sick of his job. So what we get are some classic rants such as this on the “Bung Parliament“. (Contains Very Sweary words). This is genuine news as entertainment and probably contains as much truth in three minutes as a weeks worth of news bulletins. There is also Artist Taxi Driver aka @chunkymark on Twitter. His speciality is ranting at the Tories and glorifying Corbyn and a Socialist Labour party, he does it very well as in this mocking Theresa May for nicking Labour policy on public sector pay cuts. Max Keiser ( and his gorgeous handler Stacey Herbert) are the pioneers of the rant, here’s a rather epic shouting match featuring Max. He seriously knows his stuff about alt-coin and how banks really work.
It takes America to show us how shouting is really done Max is good but Alex Jones of InfoWars is in a league of his own. Take a look at this, as long as you can bear to. I’m afraid, to these delicate English ears of mine, this is full on conspiracy theory that only the most paranoid mind could conjure. This is full on guns, gold and grub (food) survivalist fare for a somewhat unlikely and un-named Armageddon event. To put it another way, it’s a stupid sales pitch to sell you stuff and garbage to boot. The only reason I care is that what is over there soon gets over here.
The American media, feel free to correct me if I’m wrong here, seemed to have a naturally liberal press which displeased the money men, yet somehow America always retained a relatively bipartisan press. Wall St. money simply bought the politicians necessary and I think the example I gave above on Congress basically proves the point. The internet provided the channel for the Alt-Right to flourish probably as an antidote to press pluralism and the shouting match began. In the UK the press was hopelessly right-wing since the 80’s and the BBC, simply by reporting what labour was doing , was labeled left-wing and accused of bias. So our internet backlash these days is coming from the left. Yes I know that’s oversimplified but not inaccurate.
Today we have The Canary, Novara Media and the other one whose name escapes me. I had a conversation with Jeremy Warner, of the Daily Telegraph, about The Canary, he was horrified anyone took it seriously yet failed to grasp that left leaners would read his paper and come to the conclusion it’s right wing and biased, especially given it’s current ownership by the reclusive tax avoiding Barclay Brothers. I like Steve Topple at The Canary, he’s a very well-meaning guy and breaks interesting stories. Sure they make mistakes, so do I, but he fills a void that the Mirror on its own can’t achieve.
On the right there’s Breibart and Guido Fawkes and these guys are beyond belief. There’s a difference between bias and outright lies and both these outlets frequently cross it. I’m sorry but they but they serve no purpose whatsoever. At least Mr Topple et al are well-meaning but these guys are positively sinister. I mean Breitbart are accusing Guido of spreading fake news (you guys fallen out?) the BBC of targeting the young and women with fake news and the MSM of not reporting news, that’s quite a charge sheet there. Good job us men are invulnerable to fake news especially if they read your site.
That’s why on this blog I avoid the obviously biased and provide a Newsfeed of bloggers and other writers I have come to trust over the years. I’m sick of being labeled as left-wing by a bunch of right-wing extremists, that includes Trump and the Tories and equally sick of Corbynites calling me part of the problem because I don’t worship at the altar of their anointed one.
Can’t we just engage without shouting? I love a good debate but just talking across each other is achieving nothing at all.