I was always told a gentleman should steer away from vile subjects such as politics. Lucky I am no gentleman.

 

Democracy has brought amazing progress. Mainly in the lie manufacturing industry, as before, when there was no democracy there was very little use for lies.

 

 

You cant sell news stories that have data and cautious predictions. Where is the panic? Where is the impending doom? C'mon people , give me something to work with here…

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..and as I was a yuppy marketing and advertising executive for the better part
of a decade, I am not really impressed with stories of selling your soul to the devil...

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Faux News - the lies industry

Why is it that lies are so much believable then the truth? We would eat anything that is served to us, other than the truth. This is the question we have to answer before we can see the mechanism of how our political system works.

Democracy has brought amazing progress. Mainly in the lie manufacturing industry, as before, when there was no democracy there was very little use for lies. Nobody had to convince the farmers that they give all their crop to the feudal patron because it is for their good and the progress of the city state, as if they didn’t you burn their field and make minced meat out of them. Nobody had to convince the peasants that the other side was wrong – you just killed him (well, the US is known to still operate in this way, but still, progress. They try to hide it.)

Today everything is about marketing, and everything is about image. As steven Colbert famous iconic patriotic portrait says – "videri quam esse" which means to " seem and not to be" (which is the clever manipulation of cicero's "esse quam videri" – to be and not just to seem.)

And thank god we have twenty four hour TV networks to keep the marketing machine going, using the best minds in the field. Well, using the word best for such vile gablesque creatures of the dark is a bit of a cognitive dissonance, so let's just say they employ the most efficient bullshit merchants that exist. Yes, that sounds much more accurate.

 
   
 

I stand by this man (President Bush). I stand by this man because he stands for things.

Not only for things, he stands on things.
Things like aircraft carriers and rubble and recently flooded city squares.

And that sends a strong message, that no matter what happens to America, she will always rebound.. with the most powerfully staged photo ops in the world." - Stephen Colbert

   
 

Lies are always more attractive for a couple of reasons, the first and foremost is that they are designed for you. The truth is the truth is the truth, and nothing can change that, but a lie? A lie is something invented for your pleasure, measured and suited for your taste, for your system of beliefs. There is no limits to the flexibility a lie has, and it's only goal is to be effective. The truth may be unpleasant, uncomfortable, or as the liar who fights the other liars called it 'inconvenient'. Lies? They are made of angel kisses covered with hazelnut swis chocolate and fluffed with glitter and cute cats in laundry baskets. Ahhhhh….

The second tool is constant repetition. If you repeat a lie enough times it becomes a truth, and it doesn’t matter if you are referencing what you said two days ago, now you have a reference to build your case on. The news industry is full of people calculating how many times can I push this lie in every show, in every article, in every opinion piece.

The more you say it the stronger it becomes, and there is very little anyone can do to stop you because by now it is "common knowledge". It's really a beautiful thing. I was always enticed by the beauty viruses have, as they are indeed an extremely effective life form, and lies are the closest thing I can find in the thought realm.

The third, and this is the cherry on top of the cake is the complete disrespect for the truth and the people who are stupid enough to try and say it out loud. If you have seen any tv news in the last five years you would know what I mean. It is not enough to show that the truth is wrong, it is necessary to destroy the reputation and respectability of whoever tries to promote it as they are obviously sick and will probably try to say the truth again in the future. We must kill them while they are small.

The news industry is an easy prey, I know. But have you really thought about the damage they do? I hope you have now. And if you haven’t, Join us again tomorow for another exciting edition of the same old bull. And now a word from our sponsors.