Or, All the News That Gives Us Fits
In my post from earlier today about Ft. Lauderdale, one of the commenters expressed distaste for my statement that I Google News every morning. Yet I consider it absolutely mandatory to read Google and other news aggregators of the Left (or Sinister) side of the political spectrum.
The following post is an expansion on my reply in the comments.
I open Google News frequently, for two reasons:
|1.||To assess the Zeitgeist.
What are the opinions and priorities of our Masters? The items that Google News features (or buries) help us understand the machinations of the elites who manage the government, the media, and the academy. For that purpose it’s invaluable.
Memeorandum, Politico, the Hill, the Huffington Post, and other left-oriented aggregators serve a similar function. But Google is the most comprehensive.
|2.||To ascertain the Narrative.
What are we supposed to think?
What is true, and what is false?
What must we agree with? What must we avoid even thinking about, at all costs?
The Narrative aims to get our minds right. If we are consciously unaware of what it is, then it can do its work on us subliminally, without our realizing it. It’s better to put it under the bright lights and examine it in detail, in order to resist it.
Google News was particularly helpful during the election. Every day I would get up and look at it to see what Bad Thing had been done by Donald Trump. As the election season wore on, and Mr. Trump remained alarmingly popular, he sometimes did four or five Bad Things in a single day. Google News informed me of what they were.
Since the election he has continued to do Bad Things every day, and will probably go on doing them after his inauguration. Google News will keep me well-informed about what they are.
We are in the midst of an epic information war, and the Left is winning it. However, the alternative media have managed to disrupt their battlespace. If it weren’t for Drudge, InfoWars, Gateway Pundit, and other alternative news aggregators, we’d be accustoming ourselves to saying “President Clinton” for another eight years.
Sun Tzu reminds us of the importance of knowing the enemy. If we fail to do so, we lose the war. And that applies just as much to the information war as it does to the carnage of the physical battlefield.
I read Google News in order that I might better know the enemy.