It used to be that news was more or less the reporting of interactions that were geopolitical in scale. These days, news stories break at the speed of a president’s pudgy little bigot-fingers. Newspapers are complicit in acquiescing to the chaos of Trump’s presidency by keeping us at tweet’s length from a deeper understanding of this new, terrifying White House. One could almost argue that it’s never been more important for newspapers to avoid reporting the news, and instead tell us what’s actually going on.
CIA documents reveal that intelligence agencies saw the press as “principal villains” and used its resources to infiltrate and fund journalism schools to produce content sympathetic to its interests.
If the marriage between technology and the democratisation of information was meant to liberate the world, freedom has come at a strange cost: our perception of reality. Everything is a lie. Nothing is real. Behavioural economist, Nicole Matejic examines what happens when reality starts to feel like bizarro-world.
The term ‘conspiracy theory’ is one of the most divisive terms in the English language, used to shut-down dissent and inquiries into official narratives. US Professor Mark Crispin Miller was labelled a conspiracy theorist for claiming the right stole the 2004 Bush election. Today, the author of Loser Take All and Fooled Again says the term ‘fake news’ is being used as a US propaganda exercise to expedite war with Russia.
If you think the War on Terror is an expensive exercise, everything about it pales into insignificance when we talk about the bigger war on our doorstep – the War on Drugs. More than a century of conflict, confiscation, court cases and incarceration later… and still there’s no end in sight. Isn’t it now time […]