Empty Days

Tuesday, July 06, 2004



Insane but true.

96. As for our constitutional rights, consider for example that of freedom of the press. We certainly don't mean to knock that right: it is very important tool for limiting concentration of political power and for keeping those who do have political power in line by publicly exposing any misbehavior on their part. But freedom of the press is of very little use to the average citizen as an individual. The mass media are mostly under the control of large organizations that are integrated into the system. Anyone who has a little money can have something printed, or can distribute it on the Internet or in some such way, but what he has to say will be swamped by the vast volume of material put out by the media, hence it will have no practical effect. To make an impression on society with words is therefore almost impossible for most individuals and small groups. Take us (FC) for example. If we had never done anything violent and had submitted the present writings to a publisher, they probably would not have been accepted. If they had been accepted and published, they probably would not have attracted many readers, because it's more fun to watch the entertainment put out by the media than to read a sober essay. Even if these writings had had many readers, most of these readers would soon have forgotten what they had read as their minds were flooded by the mass of material to which the media expose them. In order to get our message before the public with some chance of making a lasting impression, we've had to kill people.
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By which (killing) he simply means "creating a sensation" - from the point of view of the media, that's all there is to it, really. The media don't deal in morals despite all their incessant "outrage" - they deal in sensational "stories" that sell and "catch" and shock. The gotcha factor etc. Some artists wrap the London bridge or the Statue of Liberty in plastic - for the same purpose. Wrapping the London bridge in plastic is neither moral nor amoral, but it's catchy because it's unusual. Killing to get yourself heard is also unusual - quite beside the fact whether it's moral or amoral.

He's damn right here.





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