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Retort Sport - How Citizen Media Revokes MSM Power
Cowboy Confessional ^ | 01/07/2013 | Guy Smith

Posted on 01/07/2013 10:16:27 AM PST by guyshomenet

Welcome to a world where one man can shout as loudly as ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and Fox.

MSNBC doesn’t count, as their ratings indicate.

About a decade ago citizens took control of the national conversation away from traditional media. As I said in the epilog to Shooting The Bull, “When a few million intelligent but bored individuals are given a unified platform for research, analysis and sharing, power shifts from the organized Fourth Estate to the unorganized Fifth.”

Nothing ticks off people in power than to have it taken away, hence the growing mobs of surly unemployed journalists.

This beautiful chaos brings rather comical challenges. Still in its nascent nature, the citizens’ media remains largely reactionary (this may be why my academic buddy Brian Patrick claimed I was a “pioneer” in citizen media, because I took a bit more of an active and proactive direction). But recent reactions show a comical cunning. Individuals have caused minor panics in newspapers and made laughing stocks of actors (though admittedly, the latter is not such a difficult feat).

Just before Christmas, and as an irrational reaction to the Sandy Hook massacre, the Journal News – a poorly named fish wrapper – published a list and map of gun owners in their area. Ignoring the decency of privacy and that certain thugs might use the information for recreational breaking, entering and firearm theft, the paper’s incivility caused an unexpected retort. An enterprising fellow screen-scraped the names of Journal News employees, and using similar public record rules, published a map of where they lived right down to their apartment numbers and email addresses. Hopefully no harm befell gun owners or yellow dogs, but this response shows that in our open and wired world the media no longer can abuse their power without an equal and opposite reaction (for any reporters reading this, that last reference involves basic physics, an elective you skipped in college).

When corrupted correspondents hijack tragedy, abased actors are sure to follow. In support of gun control and other disproven proposals, a pack of play-actors – provoked by two irrelevant gun control groups – produced an overly serious video demanding more gun control. Yet social observers noticed that many of these simpleton stars appeared in sick cinema. Accepting the proposition that desensitization moves madmen toward mayhem, it was odd that these players may have played a role in provoking violent outbursts. Accordingly, one lone activist hijacked their video, interlacing sorrowful looking actors begging for gun control with scenes of their make-believe carnage using guns (for email subscribers, see

MFA = Mocking is a Fine Art.

These disorganized reverse assaults are the new political theater, where anyone with time and a common PC can invert initiatives. In two weeks, actions by obstinate organization like a Gannet newspaper, a well-heeled New York politician, an equally well funded shyster organization and a pack of wealthy actors have been neutralized by individuals. Not only do these passionate politicos hold propaganda kingpins in check, but they do so through the most effective means for communication possible – social sharing. Slaying political dragons entails uniting the villagers. Bypassing media and talking between ourselves has become the tool for reactive and increasingly proactive political progress – a way of deciding between ourselves what will and will not be allowed, then enforcing it.

It is a beautiful chaos.

KEYWORDS: activism; banglist; belongsinbloggers; guncontrol; media; secondamendment

1 posted on 01/07/2013 10:16:34 AM PST by guyshomenet
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To: guyshomenet

There IS NO Fourth Estate anymore.

The media have just becomme the propaganda ministry of the federal government.

You could replace the lot of them with a fax machine connected directtly to the White House.

2 posted on 01/07/2013 10:28:16 AM PST by Mr. K (There are lies, dammed lies, statistics, and democrap talking points.)
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To: guyshomenet

The video is so successful that Arnold Schwarzenegger has to come out and defend his movies.

3 posted on 01/07/2013 10:33:23 AM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: Mr. K
.....with a fax machine connected directtly to the White House

Faxes are out. Twitter feeds are in?

4 posted on 01/07/2013 10:40:29 AM PST by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: Vince Ferrer

This article does a good job of describing the state of an important part of the new media. Fifth estate... I like it.

Freerepublic is an important part. As a member in good standing of the new media (I was just acknowledged with media credentials to the Shot Show), this article nails it.

The MSM must die so that the Republic may live.

5 posted on 01/07/2013 10:40:50 AM PST by marktwain
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To: Mr. K
Seriously, the gub'mnt has its own means of disseminating information ~ the MSM relationship is with politicians, not the gub'mnt.

Do you remember when we were told the Obama regime was incredibly astute when it came to using the internet?

What happened to their astuteness when they got in the White House

6 posted on 01/07/2013 10:42:26 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: showme_the_Glory

Actually, and in all honesty, I believe that the very first time, the very first time you hear of a politician or mainstream media person mention a form of communication like MySpace, FaceBook, or Twitter, it has already jumped the shark and is so five minutes ago relegated only to those self absorbed cretins what have that narcissistic twinge for self-adulation, or those that are just so clueless and so out of touch they aren’t relevant.

7 posted on 01/07/2013 10:50:01 AM PST by Gaffer
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8 posted on 01/07/2013 11:27:49 AM PST by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: guyshomenet

the advertisers sill go to msnbc.

msnbc makes money from them. At the end of the day, citizen reporters will not matter untill the advertisers realize the old media is a dead revenue stream for them.

9 posted on 01/07/2013 12:43:28 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! and
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10 posted on 01/07/2013 6:15:44 PM PST by AllAmericanGirl44 (Fluck this adminstration of misfits.)
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