Let’s make believe for a little while. it’ll be fun.
At first, we’ll try to get people to listen to us. Then, we’ll try to get them to do what we want!
Pretend you want a huge group of people to listen to you. If you make friends with news organizations, make big donations and are loud and vocal, that would be a good start. During your enthusiastic broadcasting of what you claim are facts, you toss in some opinion, and drop some bad information about your competitor.
It’s important at this point there’s no big controversy; neither you nor your competitor is in the news for any real, important reason. Pick some quiet periods during the news.
The Manipulation of Virtue
In this small world, the lessons can be easy to see, if you look. It was five years-ago a little boy from my hometown of Westerly, RI, who had become famous worldwide, died of cancer. The story of 8 year-old Dorian Murray went around the world and made it to all the major news networks. In fact just today, I saw an old banner still being displayed at someone’s house in town; it said “D-Strong,” the slogan people adopted to support the cause.
And how can you not love that kind of virtue-signaling? It’s real. It’s from the heart. It’s right.
Thenewportbuzz.com ended it’s farewell article “Rest in peace, young man. You’ve done more than your fair share to make this world better a place. God bless you … “
It felt good, and still feels good, to really care about something truly worth caring about! People love to do that.
Something, though, has changed violently in the past five years. As if when Dorian Murray died, it was not pure virtue coming along to fill in the spaces on the big media airwaves. The public never changed. We stood ready for the next virtuous cause to fly a flag for.
Waited … and waited … Continue reading “America’s Passion Play; The Beginning of the End”