If, and I hope you do, you read this you will be startled to see the similarities..www.takimag.comA Wilderness of Lies - Taki's MagazineWhen consuming American media, you start with the assumption that the narrative is false.
"This is something Americans are learning. When consuming American media, you start with the assumption that the narrative is false. The framing of the story is always a self-serving fairy tale. You eliminate that and then try to figure out a new narrative from the facts that can be verified. Figuring out what is really happening has become a booming industry for independent commentators and analysts.
You see this with the Covid panic. The one thing everyone agrees upon is that the virus did not start from a bat market in rural China. That is the official explanation, but everyone knows it is a lie. Similarly, few people think the government measures have much to do with public health and safety. Some do, but they are mostly old people more afraid of the Grim Reaper than being lied to by their government. The result is we have lots of theories about what is “really happening” behind the Covid scare."
Steve, it's funny, well not "funny", more like ironic, because this is in the atmosphere of what my PhD dissertation is based on. I call it the "MacGuffin Principle".
For context: What is a MacGuffin? In short: it's the reason you're watching the movie or reading the book. It's a plot device that helps drive the narrative forward but really isn't that important ultimately to the story. It's a great concept that helps the director or author accomplish the story goals in a compelling manner. Basically, its an person, event, object used in a story to distract and focus your attention while moving the plot along to get to the ultimate goal, motivation, person, etc. that the director/author wants you to be.
This was famously used by Alfred Hitchcock in my favorite movie, Psycho. The Macguffin in that movie was the $40,000 that Marion Crane stole which Hitchcock used to grab your attention and focus while ultimately wanting you, the viewer, and Marion Crane to get to the Bates Motel so that you can meet his REAL star, Norman Bates... with the ultimate goal/endgame being that you find out that Norman is Mother (spoiler alert).
Take this simplistic notion, and juxtapose the formula to the real world, in particular, American government in the current climate, and tell me that Covid, George Floyd, Mail in Ballots, Cancel Culture, etc. aren't just Macguffin's being used to distract us from the ultimate endgame. Question is: What is that endgame?
Thanks for your post Steve!