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A new year’s resolve

As we venture into this new year, we enter the next phase of the LNP Government’s plan to reverse the social order of our nation. We make no mistake to see the intention of right-wing ideology is not to appease, but to conquer and control economic, social and political policy direction of our country by the use of extreme measures that it has been carefully putting in place for the last year. Not for fear of terrorism were such centralized powers for search, monitor and police legislated … after all, how many acts of terrorism have we ever suffered in this country to justify such complete control over our actions? And even if there were, would we not rise above such an situation with the stoicism and courage that many nations do when confronted with any such act? After all, Australia is not so puny as a corporation born from one family’s twisted fortune. No, the right-wing has but one great fear: that it will lose control of the mechanisms that gain it both power and profit … after all, it was only for profit that Murdoch moved to put the LNP in power in the first place … that much is obvious.

The first six months of this year will be an “attack period”. Attacks on our social welfare system, attacks on social media criticism, attacks on the environment and political discourse. Perhaps too … attacks on even our persons. The appointment of Peter Dutton to lead these attacks has been premeditated by “warming him up” with his unrelenting, cold-hearted cruelty on asylum seekers. The gross hypocrisy of his claim of being cruel to be kind, by saving thousands from a watery grave, is exposed by the treatment AFTER ARRIVAL of those refugees he claims to have “saved from drowning” … as if they must now be taught a lesson for NOT drowning! No, the lessons of “precise targeting” learned from “experimenting” with asylum seekers, ie; identifying and denouncing the “economic refugees”, the “no longer in danger” peoples and or “how far to persecute and prosecute before strategic retreat from absolute cruelty” tactics, will stand in good stead the master of the fates of any or all on some sort of welfare. After all, according to IPA philosophy; ”They’re nearly ALL malingerers of some sort … even those on an old-age pension, who, if they had any gumption at all, would have in their working life put away enough to fund their own retirement … just like Gina or Rupert or Twiggy!” Rest assured, Dutto’ has plans … oh yes! He has plans … for us.

Now WE must plan … we, in social media, must work on implementing a broad foundation platform of how to attack and render harmless the right-wing media which, as sure as sunrise is going to try set the tempo for this second year of the govt’ agenda.

Murdoch knows he must either control or destroy the free democracy of social media. It is starting to confidently over-ride the MSM. In both news delivery and in satire of the MSM, right-wing politicians and its reporters and big-shot players. Not only that, but it can now also lead in attack and parry and defence of ideals that appeal to a vast majority. Murdoch knows this ground, he has traversed it many times … the advantage we hold (at this moment) is technological advantage … and the capability to use it. The old MSM is hamstrung by an unwieldy “hard-copy” media machine and with it an anachronistic “see, hear, report, edit, print” timetable … social media has no such delays … it happens, it is visualized on mobile devices or tweeted as it happens … instant news!

THIS, is our weapon against the Murdoch juggernaut! Murdoch has only ONE power base; his employees … his journos’. Murdoch, himself has no capacity to report or deliver … he has to rely solely on his employee journos’ … take them out of the picture and he is lost … it is the old story of the “for the want of a horse-shoe nail” … it IS that simple.

I believe we have to invent a brand new mechanism of political involvement via social media. We cannot do this alone or in individual blogs … we must try and coordinate the ALP/left-wing groups. To build a broad information volunteer base and access to a wide readership, so that when we ask; “Does anyone have information on such and such?”, there can be someone on social media who could respond with personal info’ or links. It would perhaps be to the Labor Party’s advantage to have instant rapport with its support and to reach out to those lurking and seeking persuasion to come over from the dark side!

The ALP already has a presence on Twitter … although a sort of loose familiarity … but it does twitter so much better than the LNP … after all social media communication is more suited to those who sympathise with social equality and those who like to reach out and “touch/talk” with each other.

We have to build chat “tag-teams”, where we have attack teams coming and going all the time to develop and push important topics along the conversation threads … to keep certain important policies in the public eye and discussion … not faking it, but delivering real issues to the front and centre of discussion AND having them discussed … not letting important news or policy be blown about by too much idle chatter then getting lost in the hubbub of gossip or advertising. We need organized “tag-teams” to liaison between the parties and the boards, to attack individual MSM journos’ who propagandise for the LNP/ IPA/Murdoshians. After all, we are beyond the point of “beginning”, but rather seeking to “complete” the construction of a new generation of political discourse with social media at the centre.

This year will be an attack year for the LNP. They will have to neutralise Labor’s social policies and put in place their market based options. It will be a slash and burn year for them and Murdoch will have his creatures going flat-out in support … his corporate future depends upon control of the media. They will probably use the Turnbull/Abbott duo in a “good cop/bad cop” set-up. However they do it, they have to have their policy in place by the end of the year so as to “butter” the voters up for the next election.

They have a plan, a strategy. We too must plan a counter attack and defence … it must be loud, wide ranging and relentless. Like guerilla combat, we must be able to melt back into the shadows and be ready to emerge with as much concentrated opinion that we can muster in as short a time as possible if we are to win this battle and we must be able to take it, via Twitter, directly to the Floor of The House! Instant outrage! For it is a battle of ideology; to lose is to see a century’s worth of social infrastructure and a lifetime’s achievement of environmental restructuring be wasted and destroyed. For these people know no life save the barbaric solution of rapine and looting what is not and has never been theirs to loot!

Can we do it? ”Yes we can”.


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  1. stephengb2014

    In my own little way Joseph I am already trying to do just that.

    I said it before and I’ll say it again, whilst its good to promulgate the message to the converted in the echo chambers of the converted social media like AIMN (no that is ot a criticism of AIMN) but we also must be out there in facebook (it has the by far the biggest following therefore the biggest audiance).

    I would venture to guess that 90% of the Right and the swinging voters do not read AIMN, therefore It’s the Right and Right swingers or doubtful who need to get the benefit of the most excellent articles in AIMN.

    S G B

  2. Andrew Smith

    Decent idea, possibly like ‘Best Job in the World Campaign’, digital at its best in creating and spreading a message.

    Think what would be helpful is making resources available about critical thinking and media analysis (was ‘disappeared’ from NSW and Vic high school English matriculation in ’80s); make accessible not just to school age, but adults too.

    Further, in addition to hitting social media, is accessing mainstream media and eyeballs (of the influential upper median age vote) by reruns of Working Dog’s ‘Frontline’ and Media Watch in an expanded format.

    Easier to understand via the US where the Kochs (and other oilgarchs etc. of their ilk) both till now and in the past, according to New Yorker’s Jane Mayer, set up an ‘assembly line’ of news and influence for nativist corporatism in recent decades; hinged round accessing and manipulating academia both inside universities and think tanks to produce the right knowledge for the right outcomes for media presentation, then spread by social media etc..

    Potential weakness for the LNP and related, is the US form of conservative WASP Christianity promoted in and from the US for adoption elsewhere, has some troubling ‘ethical’ aspects for mainstream Christians, especially Catholic. As we have witnessed recently with Deputy PM, not a good look for MPs who actively promote the conservative values, helped along by amplification in mainstream media, when everybody is watching.

    The old Moral Majority seemed to have made a strong comeback in conservative politics and the mainstream in the US, but some journalists e.g. Chris Hedges (theologian too) suggests it’s become more immoral majority?

    I doubt it’s a coincidence that in the US, UK and Australia, along with Central European states, they are doing quite a good impression of corporatism in Italy and the nativism of Germany in the 1930s, rebranded for the present.

  3. Jaquix

    Social media is doing great. Facebook too. I detect a much more scathing tone to the comments on FB, ever since the election theyve been negative about the LNP, but now the attitude has hardened, and they jump on trolls or trolling types. Twitter is my fave, can really keep up with things, and its fun too. Ive been spreading the word about the NIC because the media has ignored it. Word spreads fast!

  4. Andreas Bimba

    Jeremy Corbyn offers a traditional social democratic platform, integrity, civility, courage and a good rapport with the grassroots membership and with the common man/woman.

    He has broken away from the tainted, unethical and neoliberal-lite path of Tony Blair and his policies are generally ambitious and sound.

    He does however fall short on fiscal policy compared to Bernie Sanders.

    The mass media including the BBC relentlessly portrays Corbyn and his movement as cranks or nieve and provide almost no positive coverage yet the UK Labour Party very nearly won the last general election that was called very early by Theresa May to catch the Labour Party unprepared. The Conservatives previously had a substantial majority in parliament.

    So why does the Australian Labor Party remain almost equally wedded to the neoliberal path of financialisation of the economy, unrestrained corporate greed, fiscal austerity, mean spirited government services, high unemployment and underemployment, privatisations, the plundering of our natural resources by foreign and local oligarchs, excessively free trade and globalisation that has unnecessarily destroyed most of our manufacturing sector, the decline of the union movement and working conditions, half hearted support for the environment and meeting the challenge of global warming, the persecution of refugees, the relentless expansion of state surveillance of everyone, involvement in every stupid war the US initiates or blunders into and poor oversight over a financially incompetent Defence Department?

    Yes the Conservatives are worse but why can’t the ALP be more like Corbyn or Sanders rather than Blair or even Howard?

    Reform the ALP and the electorate will realise and support them without the need for a massive progressive social media movement.

  5. etnorb

    Great ideas Joseph! The trouble with Mudrake & all his rags is that he truly does dictate editorials & policies etc, & if his ideas are not treated the way he wants or likes he is quick to pounce! The other main “trouble”, if we can call it that, is that Bill Shorten appears to be too “soft” in many ways. He is not a would-be leader I would feel confident about. And yet back when the Beaconsfield mining disaster was happening, he was “Mr everywhere” & seemed to be in total control of his own destiny. He certainly caught the attention of the Press, the Liberals & the people with his positive outlook & great speeches at the time. Now, however he seems almost too “shy” or reticent to be speaking up & commenting/suggesting etc any really good ideas that the Labor party can & will do. He has released some policies or ideas etc that the Labor lot will put into action, provided they get elected, but he does seem to almost be a bit of a “milque toast” when he speaks out on the rubbish this inept, lying so-called “Liberal” (?) party says & does. We certainly NEED & WANT the Labor party to win the next election & with a decent majority too, but I sincerely doubt if Bill has the “balls” to be a good, let alone great Labor leader!

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