Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

The Mouse That Roared....

Remember the concern about who is going to do reporting if the traditional print media goes under?
Remember when people cared if CNN's coverage of an event was any good or not? People are writing letters to the New York Times about how crappy CNN's coverage of the Iranian protests has been.
That was then, this is now.

If you haven't heard, there's a revolt going on in Iran.
I've had ample opportunity today to listen to the radio. I didn't hear a peep about the revolt in Iran on KERA, our National Socialist Radio affiliate. None of the right wing AM stations - KSKY, KLIF, or WBAP were talking about it. KMNY, the lefty station (1360 on your AM dial) spent the day damning Rush Limbaugh.

Well....like the old men said when Ebeneezer Scrooge died, I'll go to their funerals if refreshments are served.

This revolution is being broadcast all over the world, as it happens, but without the CNN/FOX/ABC/NBC content filter, or Voice Of God network anchorman.

It's amazing. Check this out from Little Green Footballs, especially at the .30 mark where the woman gets knocked down by police, hops up like she's got Allah on her side, and goes back for more:

I'd like to meet that lady.

When you get a chance, look at the Tehran Twitter Feed. Amazing, depressing, and exhilarating. There are thousands of voices out there, Tweeting away, many of them doing it in English for YOUR benefit. Be grateful.

Andrew Sullivan has been going at it for four days straight, posting a fraction of the tons of material sent to him. Talk about your "first draft of history".... Eat your heart out, Newsweek.
Here's a sample of what Andrew's been posting. Warning: neither of these videos is for the squeamish.

Here's where things started getting out of hand....

When Iranian "students" took Americans hostages during the Jimmy Carter Era Of Darkness, the clerics who led the Iranian revolution claimed that the students were acting on their own.
Years later, six of the former hostages now claim that one of their student captors was.... Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, now semi-legitimate president of Iran.

It's funny how those revolutions will turn on a guy. Trotsky, Che, Danton, and now Ahmadinejad.
But, I digress.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. It will be Tweeted, Texted, Blogged, Emailed,and YouTubed. Coming straight to that little screen in front of you.


S said...

I don't know where you find these youtube clips but this one was great! The Revo will not be televised, the Revo will be live! So great. I love it.

Anne cleveland said...

Hi Allen, I Daresay yiu are a real,"one if by land and two if by sea" person.
you clearly understand, where we came from, why we!re here and where were headed, but those like you can change the course of events.

That sinister force so organized, under-ground, and expert at propaganda, have held their grip via managed news. You are correct, now there are other ways aside from the managed news to get the truth out there.

Keep up the good writing and news reporting!!
Anne Cleveland

TarrantLibertyGuy said...

The Revolution Will Be Tweeted!

Anonymous said...

About Ahm'a'dinner'jacket.
Eventually, the worm will turn (where DID that phrase come from?), and it will bite you on the ass. Royally.
And yes, the Revolution will not be televised. We no longer need the MSM "gatekeepers" to censor and regulate the news we watch. It can be seen, live, by those who are there. God help them, every one.

B Woodman

Dr Ralph said...

The problem with the so-called Mainstream Media is not that it's a sinister conspiracy of control so much as it has become dumbed-down entertainment that plays up to people's worst prejudices. Why else do you think MSNBC and Fox News have such wildly different takes on the same events?

All loud, sensationalist pandering.


To sell eye-balls (and ears) to advertisers. Say what you will about NPR and PBS: at least they aren't pimping for hemorrhoid cream or natural male enhancement supplements.

I gave up on the Startle-Gram years ago for much the same reason you list, when the morning S-T headline announced the outbreak of first Gulf War in a sober inch-high headline, and later, the evening S-T's 5 inch headline screamed "Mother Dog and Pups Found Shot!"

I canceled that day.

Browncoat Libertarian said...

I agree and disagree with you, Doc. The Mainstream Media IS a sinister conspiracy of left-wing control which utilizes sensationalism and pandering to attract it's idiot demographic, all of whom love easy to remember, one syllable campaignisms like "Hope" and "Change", as well as compound one syllable campaignisms like "Yes, We Can".


Dr Ralph said...

Browncoat: OH SNAP! You cut me to the quick, sir!

I have to confess, unless the tornado sirens are wailing I hardly ever watch TV news (unless you include the Daily Show and Colbert). I listen to NPR (National Pinko Radio) during the commute on occasion. I subscribe to the Dallas Morning Snooze primarily because they have 3 pages of comics (does that count as pandering to the idiot demographic) and though borderline right-wing, it's slightly less of a rag than the Startle-Gram.

Sadly, the rest of my news I get from (duh-duh-duuuuuuh) the Internet.

While there is much to commend this (as Whited points out) the problem is it allows us to filter out anything that doesn't fit with our pre-held prejudices. You set your preferences and are rarely bothered with anything that doesn't reinforce what you already thought.

The end result is something that resembles intellectual agoraphobia.