Mind the Gap: between Mainstream Media (paid) and Social Media (voluntary)

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The section of St. Joseph Street in the college is co-named Marshall McLuhan Way. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you have come across Marshall McLuhan, you will have come across his statement The Medium is the Message. What he meant was that the form of the medium ‘embeds’ itself in the message.

What is the the key difference between Mainstream Media (MSM) and Social Media (SM)? The fact that the MSM are controlled by their owners, shareholders and editors, i.e. employees are ‘professionals’ who have to ‘follow the rules’ or else they lose their job and pension.

Social media are shaped by ‘amateurs’ who are driven by passion and their desire to express their ideas, beliefs and the information they have come across. Money and ‘career’ do not play the essential role. Everybody can become their own journalist and broadcaster. We don’t need the MSM any more to get heard! We can listen to each other!

Having organised the Forum for Stable Currencies since 1998 at the House of Lords, I was acutely aware of the mainstream media shying away from these ‘complex’ issues. Hence I decided to ‘move online’, hoping to make more of a difference. For what is there to do:

The McAlpine farce makes it painfully clear that the Rule of Money has replaced the Rule of Law: More

An Open Letter to Lord Alistair McAlpine by former Sunday Times journalist for Trial by Twitter

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Ishtar’s Gate is a website with discussion forum that I came across thanks to Twitter which I hardly use. But Steven Messham is on Twitter and he is one of the many victims who do need support. He tweeted that the BBC treated him like dirt. That’s NOT ON! He suffered enough as a child!!!

Ishtar must be his biggest supporter, for, as a former Sunday Times journalist, she wrote An Open Letter to Lord Alistair McAlpine which she mentions by tweeting in support of Steven Messham. The letter refers to

  • Lord McAlpine’s lawyer threatening all those on Twitter mentioning his name in connection with paedophilia would be sued for libel
  • an interview he gave to an Australian newspaper in August 2000
  • his book The New Macchiavelli: The Art of Politics in Business – a guide on how to succeed in modern politics by being vile
  • his advice on dealing with the media: spread false defeat to gain public sympathy
  • or false accusation and then arrange for it to be exposed as such – so the accuser will forever be treated with suspicion. More

Care Home Victims and the Mainstream vs Social Media in the wake of the Savile Scandal

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BBC Radio 5 interviewed Keith Gregory who was taken into care at Bryn Estyn when he was 12 years old.

Most of them were Freemasons.

2 MPs, judges, serving policemen, senior policemen, business people from Wrexham and all over Britain.

Everybody was crying themselves to sleep at night.

Many, many people committed suicide.

In the Waterhouse Inquiry [The Telegraph, 06 Nov 2012] we were told we would receive proper counselling. We are still waiting…

The Daily Star writes on 10 Nov 2012:

Care Home Paedophiles were Masons: Keith Gregory suffered two years of mental, physical and sexual abuse at the Bryn Estyn children’s home

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