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FreedomFighter3
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Can anyone offer some good links based on accurate info regarding the centralisation and ownership of the mainstream media. 

I think one of the starting points of fighting back is to demonstrate to people that the mainstream media represent corporate interests now, not the people's. 


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halfhearted
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Posted by: @freedomfighter3

....the mainstream media....fighting back....corporate interests..... 

How are you defining mainstream media? Do you include Hollywood, Netflix etc and the producers of "mainstream" culture? Also "corporate interests" are much broader now than the simple pursuit of profits. The wave of wokeness that has swept over huge corporations (all of them really) was not directly related to making more money. They appear to be lining up with a global culture that characterises people like me - old White heterosexual males - as the enemy. I feel attacked because of who I am, not so much because of my position in the class structure. These are unavoidable issues of identity which were present before the Covid panic arose & will persist after it has gone (IF it ever goes).

As regards "fighting back" I think the possibilities for united action are limited, because people are divided a million different ways over "politics". A single issue campaign "Make all restrictions/treatments voluntary" seems likely to have the widest appeal, concentrating on issues of personal liberty and the obvious medical inconsistencies & failures. Seeing the Covid panic as an opportunity to attack the profit motive of mega-corporations will alienate people who are suspicious of Leftist motives. Generally in the UK Leftists are pro-restriction and vigorously so.


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I see the Conservative (& Labour) parties as part of the political problem in the UK. I don't think "The Problem" is leftist/liberal oligarchs (like Gates) as reprehensible as these individuals might be. Neither the Conservative party in the UK nor the Republicans in the US will ever challenge liberalism because at root they fully support it. They hold a globalist world view that requires them to argue on the same terms as the Left, using the same Leftist values. Any single issue campaign against the increasing Covid restrictions would have to avoid party political attacks on prominent liberals or lose support. The Conservative Party itself and its leading members are all 100% behind the government's policies, the rebels have no power.


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@halfhearted I am thinking more in the line of demonstrating the centralisation of media power among billionaires. People don't like or trust billionaires generally and don't trust big corps over taxes, monopolies, bullying etc. We see the centralisation of power in media in the US where the independent media outlets have all but disappeared apart from online.

 

The media are the ones making it possible to deceive so many people. We need to implant the seed of doubt in the source of information.


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FreedomFighter3
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@rudolph-hucker Yes they do great articles - thanks. Any more?


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Posted by: @freedomfighter3

@halfhearted I am thinking more in the line of demonstrating the centralisation of media power among billionaires. People don't like or trust billionaires generally and don't trust big corps over taxes, monopolies, bullying etc. We see the centralisation of power in media in the US where the independent media outlets have all but disappeared apart from online.

The media are the ones making it possible to deceive so many people. We need to implant the seed of doubt in the source of information.

 

This forum is focussed on the lockdowns etc. I cannot see what bearing your thesis has on removing the repressive and futile legal measures imposed by the CONSERVATIVE government on the largely supine and terrified British people arising from the Covid panic.

Apart from the general links to the campaign for free speech in the UK I don't believe this forum has a greater role to play in reinforcing your view that we are ruled by billionaires. This seems like a massive diversion to me although it is, of course, interesting. If the current generation of liberal, globalist billionaires (Gates, Soros, etc) were all abducted by aliens then within 10 years they would be replaced by a new wave with identical views & values. Maybe I'm wrong.

These are the prevailing views & values that are necessary for this late stage of finance capitalism & they are embraced by all mainstream parties. If you don't support these views you are "an extremist" and may be cancelled. They are embraced by liberal globalist billionaires and the ordinary office worker who likes to think they are in favour of "equality", "freedom", "diversity", "inclusion", "human rights", "free markets", "free movement" etc etc etc. They inherently oppose "the nation state", "closed borders", "tradition", "national or ethnic identity", "race", "regulated markets", "the nuclear family", "protectionist economics", "curtailed immigration", "financial regulation", "a strong state", "nationalised industries" etc etc (basically all the things the UK Times opposes).

I don't agree that we are ruled exclusively or even primarily by billionaires. What about BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street and all the people/businesses who support & rely on them? But anyway, people are seeing empty shelves in the supermarkets again being threatened with Covid passports. What should we do about that?


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