Thursday, 9 February 2012

Why have we all become paranoid weirdos?

Except for you & me, and I'm not too sure about you!

Please note: "Why have we become increasingly distrustful and afraid?" is far more accurate, but nowhere near as attention-grabbing.

Adam Curtis has a few ideas.

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praguestepchild said...

I don't know anything about Jenkins but I'm a fan of civil liberties, so, homosexuality obviously ought not to be illegal. Apparently he was also a socialist as he founded the Social Dem Party in Britain.

So the whole narrative (Jenkins socialist hero, Nixon evil, paranoid conservative) strikes me as BS but typical for BBC Four even if it does make some good points.

I think journalistic hype has simpler and baser source, it's what sells to the masses. The source of yellow journalism goes back to Hearst not some post-Woodward and Bernstein reaction.

praguestepchild said...

Also, Nigel, do you ever find it ironic that your blog is moderated but you love to fuck with open blogs like Richards?

praguestepchild said...

I'm also curious why you have moderation enabled on your blog when you are quite happy to post tons of comments on open blogs such as Richard's.

Nigel Kinbrum said...

In response to your 1st post:- In the good old days, there were politicians with worthy principles. I'm not too sure now.

I don't think that Nixon being republican was relevant to his paranoia. He could have been a paranoid democrat.

I guess that Curtis used Woodward and Bernstein, as everybody has heard of Watergate. Hearst?

Nigel Kinbrum said...

In response to your 2nd post:-
Not at all. I allow all comments except for spammy ones. I explained why I do this in a blog post ages ago.

Why do you say that I am fucking with Richard's blog? I completely disagree with his political views.

Nigel Kinbrum said...

In response to your 3rd post:- Everybody is free to post as many comments as they like on my blog. I don't censor posts that disagree with me.

If I delete spammy posts after they have appeared, something remains visible and causes clutter.

Nigel Kinbrum said...

Ah, HERE it is!

LeonRover said...

As ever the Headline Editor boobed.

All ? We ? Must be the Royal We! Paranoid ? Nah, Gullible.

The rest is a reasonable - if marginally superficial - narrative.

While Nixon may have viewed the existing Elite as being Conspiratorial, he quickly converted to the techniques of conspiracy to stay in power.

To adapt Lord Acton's dictum . . . (fill in to suit).

Journalism - at least the tabloid section - has gone from having a smallish Hearstian stripe to being a mainly Yellow Peril.

Can Leveson curb Paul Dacre ?

Nigel Kinbrum said...

Yes, I know. Exaggeration makes attention-grabbing headlines.

Another reason for moderation is to slow down the rate of comments to a value that I can cope with. If I'm out gallivanting, you'll have to be patient.

LeonRover said...

One may be patient, as long as not suffering.

praguestepchild said...

Meh, sorry to post essentially the same comment twice. I had a brain freeze or something.

I think you can be, I dunno, intellectually dishonest at times, not really on my blog, but on places like Richards.

Nigel Kinbrum said...

Intellectually dishonest? Can you be a little more specific?

I recall thinking WTF? when Richard wrote that he didn't have to deal with corporations and I replied "Really?" which pissed him off big-time.

We all have to deal with corporations every time we buy something or use utilities.

I'm now going out for a walk.

praguestepchild said...

I'm not sure if that's the right term, but when you write:

"I don't think that Nixon being republican was relevant to his paranoia. He could have been a paranoid democrat."

Isn't that rather disingenuous? Nixon being a republican was very much a part of the narrative along with Jenkins being a socialist hero.

Or do you really think the BBC (and especially BBC Four) is politically neutral? Ironically, Nixon had a lot in common with the socialists, such as his use of price controls to try and stem stagflation. He was a shitty President. But I'm talking about the narrative of this video you posted.

Nigel Kinbrum said...

"Nixon being a republican was very much a part of the narrative..."
Curtis doesn't even mention Nixon's politics, other than the fact that he bugged the Democrats.

The more that people have, the more that they have to lose. So anybody who has a lot of money/power/influence w.h.y. will be paranoid.

I don't know about bias in the BBC.

Have you watched any other Adam Curtis videos?

I'm going out to karaoke soon. I may be gone some time!