Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Mindgames & BBC Breakfast TV

An old belief in the Soviet Union and east European countries was that if you wanted to know the truth about what was going on all you had to do was to believe the opposite of what the State media told you.

Although the BBC, in a typically middle class British manner, is less obvious hence far more underhand I find that the general principle still prevails. For when all is said and done either a piece of news reportage reflects the truth or it does not. Unfortunately for the likes of the BBC, the opportunity to tinker with facts is limited by what is actually going on in the real world and the people's received wisdom of same.

Of course, that doesn't stop it from trying to keep its masters in government and high places happy. Despite a snowball of increasing hysteria among its managers, matched only by another of despair among its staff (News Director, Helen Boaden, is quoted as saying she was aware that some staff felt "knackered and frustrated" because of their workload) the same old, mediocrities are daily trotted out to an increasingly jaded public.

Breakfast TV seems to be a good time to slip in a few subliminal messages into the communal subconscious. While folk are still half asleep, munching on toast and cornflakes, the verbal sleight of hand can have its maximum effect. Witness, for example, this morning's little foray into the land of BBC virtual reality.

With a burgeoning of CCTV spy cameras on every street corner, shop and motorway is Britain turning into a surveillance society? Now the answer to that should be obvious but that's precisely why the BBC is forced to treat the question. And treat it it does. Well, yes, but you see surveillance is really good for us because it cuts crime and terrorism, says the BBC, cashing in on a premium of fear, guilt and insecurity.

Although your data might be widely available to a score of agencies, don't worry, it's protected by the Data Protection Act. Besides which, the authorities aren't going to seek information on you unless you've done something bad.

Phew! You know, I was quite worried for a minute there. So that's all right, then, nothing to worry about. I can rest assured, knowing that my government is looking after my best interests. Big Brother is watching over me and Big Brother knows best.

And, hey, you know what? I'm comforted by a feeling that I believe in fairies at the bottom of my garden and Santa Claus too!

Notice how, in a manner Goebbels would have delighted in, the BBC uses moral guilt to hammer home the message: if you've done nothing wrong then you've nothing to worry about in a surveillance society. It's the criminals and terrorists that ought to be worried. Now you're not a criminal or a terrorist are you? Are you?

Am I?

Well, I don't really know. You've got me feeling Kafkaesquely guilty now. Maybe I am a criminal and a terrorist and don't know it? Or at least maybe potentially I might be? What about all those pathological hateful thoughts I have when stuck in a traffic jam for hours? And, you know, there's times I've felt almost sympathy for those terrorists. After all, it's a fucked up world and we're all guilty of a degree of terrorism, aren't we, by allowing our governments to go on mass killing sprees abroad?

It's just so difficult to know who's innocent and who's guilty. Nothing's simple anymore so perhaps we all deserve to be constantly surveilled by all these spy cameras? And if it's reducing crime and terrorism then it's gotta be good, innit? After all, Aunty BBC like Big Brother, knows best.

(Photo: Thanks to Stef Zucconi)


  1. Hey, when the people fear the government, there is tyranny, but where the government fear the people, there is freedom. Why have they got so many CCTVs? Because they fear us.

    They don't need CCTVs in the land of the free. They're all asleep dreaming the American dream. We know we are all subjects of the Queen and we don't have any dreams because we're awake, and hence, they fear us.

    Who always fought their dirty little wars? The British serviceman with his lucky rabbits foot in his pocket, while they talked about god. Who do they fear most, because we know that Christianity is "just the Tory Party at Prayer", although it appears that the Labour party is now also infested with Christians.

    Hey, should those British servicemen ever wake up and realise that they have been lied to, through the teeth; and if you check their web-sites, such as aarse, they are waking up; then Her Majesty's stinking government is in major trouble.

    They need fear; they feed on fear; and the normal people of Britain are so fed up of the lies and the bullshit that they are just partying on; there is no fear, except for those Patriotards in the BNP, and Sun readers. LOL

    Hey, the Mother Goddess loves us; why should we fear. Ironically Queen Elizabeth I told us to have no fear, which kinda shot herself, and her descendents, right in the foot. Hence, the CCTV, because they fear us.

    And just think of all the work involved in spying on us; shit, I do hope they get paid overtime rates, the poor little darlings. The pressure must be horrific. Doesn't your heart just bleed for them? Happy New Heart attack to them all.

    Hey Rule Britannia, Britannia rule the waves. Britons never, ever, ever, shall be slaves. On the other hand, god, and Her Majesty's government, can go kiss our ****s.

    It's the end of the world as we know it, and I don't care. LMAO

  2. In this world there are sheep, wolves, shepherds, and sheepdogs.

    Now sheep will always be sheep, and the sheepdogs keep the wolves away, but is the shepherd really a friend of the sheep?

    No! He's going to take them to market, and sell them to the wolves, so that he can earn some money to pay for more lambs.

    So, the only ones with good intentions are the sheepdogs, and while the sheepdog has the ability to eat sheep, he controls those urges.

    But if the sheep refuse to wake up, and it becomes a dog-eat-dog world, just be grateful that, as a sheepdog, you can take good care of yourself, and that you have the self-control to not eat the sheep.

  3. And before you tell me that I am supposed to have sympathy for the "One Nation Under God". Hey, did those scum ever actually read their Bibles?

    The Proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; to receive the instruction of wisdom justice, and judgment, and equity; to give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.

    A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: to understand a proverb, and the interpretation;
    the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

    The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

    My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: for they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.

    My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood,
    let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: we shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:

    My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: for their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.

    Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.

    So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.

    Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: she crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,

    How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? And the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?

    Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you,
    I will make known my words unto you.

    Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; but ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:

    I also will laugh at your calamity;
    I will mock when your fear cometh;
    when your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.

    Then shall they call upon me,
    but I will not answer;
    they shall seek me early,
    but they shall not find me:
    for that they hated knowledge,
    and did not choose the fear of the LORD:

    They would none of my counsel: They despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way,
    and be filled with their own devices.

    For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

    But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

    Now you just have to admit that Solomon must have had America in mind when he wrote that. They really are "simple" aren't they? Too simple to even pick up a Bible and actually read what it says.

    And who am I, that I should disagree with Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived? God is not going to answer their prayers; no way, Jose! The Bible says it quite plainly, "fear and destruction" shall come upon them. And Moi? I shall just continue to mock them. The bastards called my wife a "gook", after her Dad spent 17 years fighting in their stinking navy, so they can all go to Hell, as far as I am concerned. Yanks are just pig ignorant.

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    David Icke is just another useful idiot with his shape-shifting stories. He tells the truth and then makes it so outrageous that everybody rejects it.