Karen, Lew, et. al.: The intensified campaigns against us bloggers is interesting to watch, and it is important to call these critics on their erroneous “facts” and reasoning: it adds to our credibility. On the other hand, there is a positive side to these attacks: they reflect a political establishment—and its lapdog media—in a state of utter desperation to maintain the illusory mindsets necessary for their continued rule. As we ought to have learned from the effects of Johann Gutenberg’s invention, there is nothing so liberating as the free flow of ideas and information. With economic and political systems in free-fall, Boobus Americanus has become increasingly dissatisfied with “news” reports of missing teenagers, celebrity peccadilloes, and water-skiing squirrels! Newspapers are not dying out because of increasing prices of ink!
A continuing criticism of blogging has been that any individual with an interest in a given subject matter is able to get on the Internet and communicate his/her concerns to others. This is the strength of the Internet, not a weakness. Those who are concerned about such more profound matters as peace, liberty, and the economic vitality of a nation, are often driven simply by deeply-held commitments to the betterment of life. (How much are we paid for our articles and blogs?) On the other hand, those whose energies are driven by only the pursuit of money and power can find employment for their skills within the political establishment (at least as long as it survives). It is this choice—reflected in the growing disinterest of millions of people to any longer find purpose in propaganda and entertainment as “news”—that terrifies the class of people-pushers. To quote the old World War II saying of bomber pilots: “When you experience flak, it means you’re over the target!”
10:53 am on October 7, 2009 Email Butler Shaffer