I was fascinated to learn from Z Man’s TakiMag column (he’s got a SubscribeStar, too — how the hell does he do it?) that “narrative journalism” actually predates, or is at the very least contemporary with, the total ideological corruption of the Academy:
The new style of journalist came to the story with a narrative in mind. He was a storyteller who would provide the reader with a sense of what it was like to be in the story, at least the story the writer wanted to tell. As Munnion explained, the journalist showed up with a prepared narrative and then went around looking for people, events, and images to fill in the details. The facts were mere ornaments to decorate the story, not the point of the story.
Which explains the civilized world’s coverage of Africa, no doubt, and maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise this type of “news” coverage started there — Africa was always the most contentious and least interesting part of Her Majesty’s domains. It’s a place nobody knows much about, or wants to know much about. Even the save-the-world Peace Corps types, I’m told, never sign up for another tour of duty, so unless you have serious pecuniary interest there you endure your hitch and catch the first flight back to civilization.
I strongly suspect, then, that companies doing business in Africa have their own “news” departments, whose people are much closer to military intelligence operatives than journalists. Tim Newman’s sadly defunct blog has good stuff on his time in the oil biz in Nigeria; at some point, IIRC, he describes the kind of “fixer” (my term, not his) that greases the wheels for the White men forced to deal with African officialdom. I suspect those guys do the “news” work, too, and a lot of them probably really are ex-military, probably intel or Special Forces types, now that the “Old Africa hands” from the colonial days are long retired. These guys know what’s really going on out in the bush, insofar as that can be known, which cabals are jockeying for power, etc.
Without a monetary motive, though, “analysis” of these types of things becomes academic, by which I mean pure ideologically driven fantasy. I’ve mentioned before that there’s an entire sub-specialty in the History biz called “Labor History,” which in America is solely devoted to the question: Why didn’t the proles embrace Marxism, as is their destiny?
Minus the teleology it’s actually an interesting and important question. The Powers That Be in the Gilded Age were certainly worried about revolutionary working-class movements. Haymarket Square, the Pullman Strike, Coxey’s Army… lots of big-league people were convinced that America was on the brink of outright revolution in the late 1890s. Civil War veterans were getting a bit long in the tooth by 1894, but there were still a lot of them around, and lots of them in Coxey’s ranks. Grover Cleveland had actually called out the troops on the Homestead Strikers just two years earlier; would he have to do so again, and would Coxey’s troops shoot back?
I’m not a “labor historian,” so I don’t know the answer as to why these guys didn’t storm our version of the Winter Palace…. hahaha, just kidding, I know the answer and so do you: False consciousness, comrade!!! It’s not that Americans to this day cherish the idea of social mobility, and thus refuse to think of themselves dogmatically in Marxist class categories. It wasn’t that some of the compromises hammered out were good compromises, because everyone involved had a better nature which could be appealed to, and sometimes broke through. Nor did technological change highlight the indisputable fact that quality of life was getting measurably better, almost year by year, for just about everyone. Nor, finally, was it that there’s no such thing as History, an anthropomorphic force that controls our destiny.
No no, comrades, none of that is true. It can’t be, because that would imply that Marxism is wrong and Marxism is right by definition. Rather, it was the Capitalist class putting one over on the Workers. Antonio Gramsci figured it all out, comrades, it’s hegemony.
See what I mean? You can milk this stuff endlessly, and people do, because that’s how you get tenure. Only “original” “research” gets published, which is why the road to tenure only takes left turns. “The People weren’t Marxist revolutionaries because there’s only people, not The People, and they didn’t want to be Marxist revolutionaries” not only contradicts the Scriptures, it answers the question, meaning you can’t hold conferences and publish critical journals on “labor history” anymore. No matter how dogmatically Marxist he is, no egghead is going to put himself out of a job by actually answering the question he set out to ask. And since it’s the ivory tower, no one cares.
Out in the real world, though, one needs answers. Real, factual answers. It wouldn’t surprise me, then, to find that lots of companies, including the Big Tech ones, have intel services like the oil companies operating in Africa. We proles will soon enough be shut out of unapproved information entirely, but if you’re wired in, “private news” might well be the wave of the future.
UPDATED, just for giggles: Ace of Spades reports that the Biden campaign has “called a lid” until Thursday. Nope, no panic there!!! I mean, Joe’s already so far ahead in the polls, he can afford to take a few days off two weeks before the election.
UPDATE 2x: Some fun stuff at Ace of Spades. First, this:
Supposedly being left in Kansas City neighborhoods.
Two points here. First, and most obvious, anyone trying to carry out that threat in my neighborhood had best come prepared to be fertilizer. Second, and most important: This is good.
No, really, it is. They asked Trump if he’d concede peacefully the last time around too, remember? And they quickly dropped it, because a) it was just a keyboard commando fantasy anyway, and b) they were so sure Hillary was going to win, it was basically a joke to them.
Had they had any doubts in their minds at all last time, we would’ve seen this crap then, too. And the more doubtful they were, the more of it we would’ve seen. Please note that while I’m in no way saying this is rational behavior, it is predictable behavior.
They’re scared shitless. You can’t look at the Left right now without seeing mass, blind, lemming-like panic. Want some more? Check this out:
I watched the video — ok, fast-forwarded through it with the sound off, because I only have so many brain cells to spare — and it’s exactly what the description says: Lunatics eating a fucking heart while dancing like retards around a burning American flag. Again, not rational — indeed, diagnosably psychotic — but predictable. It’s not oc-cult, it’s cargo cult. These pasty white freaks with the gender studies degrees are trying to propitiate their gods, begging them to banish the Bad Orange Man.
But Joe Biden really is leading by 11 in the national polls, you know! So why a ghost dance instead of a victory dance?
They’re terrified. They know they’re going down in flames, and it has broken whatever tiny fragment of brains they had left. When Trump wins again, they’ll start self-harming, which will be awesome, and when they’re through with that, they’ll fall on and purge each other.