The Battle To Be Big Brother

“Your next president, Donald Trump, basically tweets like a 12-year old”  [“The Washington Post” headline, 6/5/2015]

“Trump: New York Times is ‘fake news’”  [“Politico” headline, 1/28/2017]

“Trump: Media Is ‘Enemy of the American People’”  [“Daily Beast” headline, 4/11/2017]

“Hillary Clinton Blames the Russians, Facebook and Fake News for Her Loss”  [“Fortune” headline, 5/31/2017]

“Facebook’s decision to allow false information in political advertisements is appalling.  Voters are being confronted by millions of pieces of misinformation.  A world where up is down and down is up is a world where democracy can’t thrive.”  [Tweet by Hillary Clinton, 10/30/2019]

“Elizabeth Warren slams Twitter for policy that bans ads from groups fighting climate change”. [“CNBC” headline, 11/5/2019]

Why do these headlines and tweet exist?

George Orwell’s “1984” gives us the answer.  It’s about Big Brother.  It’s about having exclusive control over what We The People get to hear and what We The People do not get to hear.  It’s about exercising control over the minds and emotions of We The People.

Pepsi paid Michael Jackson to sing and dance, and to say nothing about the qualities of Pepsi.  Do you believe that television pays attractive, charismatic “news” reporters and commentators to do anything other than sing and dance?  To sing and dance for what purpose, for whose benefit?

The battle is television versus social media.  To put it another way, the battle is the Ruling Class versus We The People.  Maybe the best way to put it is this: the battle is the Battle To Be Big Brother.

Stephen B. Benisch, January 26, 2020

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