Archive for the ‘Media’ Category

Quote note (#363)

Now the media is broken, news can get out:

That’s why the story about Harvey Weinstein finally broke now. It’s because the media industry that once protected him has collapsed. The magazines that used to publish the stories Miramax optioned can’t afford to pay for the kind of reporting and storytelling that translates into screenplays. They’re broke because Facebook and Google have swallowed all the digital advertising money that was supposed to save the press as print advertising continued to tank.

October 10, 2017admin 5 Comments »
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Jacobite 4

On Trump in Warsaw.

(Pitched more to retail politics than usual.)

July 12, 2017admin 45 Comments »
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Moron bites (#27)

Correction: July 4, 2017
Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this article attributed incorrectly a Twitter statement to the North Korean government. The North Korean government did not belittle a joint American-South Korean military exercise as “demonstrating near total ignorance of ballistic science,” that statement was from the DPRK News Service, a parody Twitter account.

(NYT correction is not a parody, incredibly.)

This is the culprit, for those who haven’t already been enjoying it.

July 6, 2017admin 1 Comment »
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Jacobite 2

My second Jacobite essay is online (on Atomization). Relatively confident that it will annoy everybody.

Too early to tell what company I’ll be keeping this time, but the precedents are good.

June 6, 2017admin 145 Comments »
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Jacobite

A new online magazine for the Exit-oriented right.

Honored to be in the first issue (with an essay on Accelerationism), along with Andrea Castillo, Edward Waverley, Chris Morgan, and Mark Lutter.

May 28, 2017admin 87 Comments »
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Linkage

This type of image used to be the Hollywood icon for florid psychosis. Now

May 1, 2017admin 65 Comments »
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Twitter cuts (#127)

This is true, and worth more thought than it’s received so far.

April 8, 2017admin 42 Comments »
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Quote note (#341)

The same article that introduces the immediately-indispensable phase “dirty culture war” presents its deeply blue-tribal take on the state of the media struggle. Among much of interest:

Andrew Breitbart, Stephen Bannon’s collaborator in right-wing tabloid journalism and the founder of Breitbart News, often reiterated a maxim: “Politics is downstream from culture.” When normal voters assess, say, a complex piece of legislation, they are unlikely to read the bill itself; more likely, they will base their opinions on how the bill is portrayed by their friends and Facebook friends, by celebrities, and in the media. In his 2011 memoir, Breitbart summed up his position, writing, “The left wins because it controls the narrative. The narrative is controlled by the media. . . . I am at war to gain back control of the American narrative.”

To assume that Andrew Breitbart rates lower for culture-war strategic genius than Antonio Gramsci is mere Cathedral class-prejudice (favoring academic-format thought). He understood the basic thing, and there’s not much sign yet that Steve Bannon is deviating from his mentor’s path in the direction of pacifism:

He now refers to the media, with monotonous insistence, as “the opposition party.”

That’s encouraging.

March 13, 2017admin 30 Comments »
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Twitter cuts (#115)

It’s almost impossible to over-estimate how important this is (and the trend matters more than the current level). Regime legitimacy is sunk in radical crisis.

February 17, 2017admin 43 Comments »
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Sentences (#91)

Broken on Twitter, but containing far too much insight into traumatic discrimination disorder to leave there:

NRx and Alt Right share just about one thing in common, but because that thing is “hating the media” the media naturally can’t tell them apart.

(Sentence unchanged, but glued back together, with one semiotic shortcut — “bc” for “because” — edited up into English)

For historical reference, this was the occasion.

February 11, 2017admin 51 Comments »
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