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”.