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  •  Well, Glenn shouldn't have given up. (2+ / 0-)
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    Though I understand and sympathize with any journalist's pressing need to have a steady income in whatever format they can get it. And of course, if you're too sane, you'll not get that on, say, CNN. Still...

    Say you need to get something vitally important into the general public's mind as quickly as possible.

    You have two routes offered to you:
    • You can twitter, youtube, facebook, and blog all day for a week.
    • You can appear on even a local market tv channel for a minute.

    Which would be your fastest way to get the idea out to the widest possible public?

    As to the Internet, the moment it's any kind of threat it disappears. See China, Syria, Iran, Egypt, etc etc etc. This is something we have under sufferance. The fact we still have it is the demonstration it's not regarded as a serious threat.

    (In my more paranoid moments, I remember that every electronic communication is monitored, then I remember Mao's 'let 100 flowers bloom' and what happened next.)

    Again, it's been useful to a degree, we've won a handful of battles because of it, but the War....? We've been losing it all along, since the first day the WWW was opened to the public through this moment.

    For 20 years of internet, the Gates not only remain uncrashed, they're falling on us.

    So how does this possibly change until we break up, or force entry into, the monopoly on narrative-making?


    Markos! Not only are the Gates Not Crashed, they've fallen on us. Actual Representatives are what we urgently need, because we have almost none.

    by Jim P on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 10:02:42 AM PST

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    •  I recall seeing a comment (1+ / 0-)
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      during the past few days on emptywheel's web site.  One of her commenters said that her post on, I think it was HSBC, got shared 148,000 times.


      "Justice is a commodity"

      by joanneleon on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 10:05:42 AM PST

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      •  And then everyone got together and discussed (2+ / 0-)
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        it. Not.

        That's an impressive number. If some blogger had taken the money to buy tv air-time, if they could, to read off the Emptywheel piece, then we'd have something.

        The networks reached 300,000,000 people in a day with the "Dean Scream." and the Clinton scandal. Tomorrow morning if they want to broadcast that the President is a Martian, that will be the topic 300 million people will be talking about tomorrow night.

        On the internet, we in our liberal blog ghetto, the illuminati-ists in their wacko ghetto, and all of us unconnected and in unshared space will be busy rebutting or defending what we all have heard.

        "The Internet is the tail of the Corporate Dog" as my previous signature said. And for reason.

        btw, 148,000 is 0.00049% of 300,000,000. Internet/mass-reach media. Entirely different things.


        Markos! Not only are the Gates Not Crashed, they've fallen on us. Actual Representatives are what we urgently need, because we have almost none.

        by Jim P on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 10:22:58 AM PST

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