Getting back to Whirlibird’s original post, and in all seriousness, the following new essay (or interview, actually) really goes to the heart of what we read anymore about any “news.” As usual, totally disregard all the links and shaded boxes in this article – just read the article content itself. It’s brilliant. It goes to the heart of the process of actually controlling what “we” think (meaning society in general, around the world as well as here in the US). Here’s the intro:
[T]he AP puts out a stylebook every year that includes universal guidelines for stylistic matters like punctuation, capitalization, and even word choice.
In this year’s version, the AP encouraged writers to not use words such as “pro-life,” “migrant,” “refugee,” “Islamist,” and “terrorist.”
It’s completely ludicrous. Yet, sadly, it’s a sign of the times.
In the interview below, Doug Casey tears down the AP’s blacklist and discusses why this is happening…
Click the link at the end of that quote for the entire enlightening article. The insights are excellent. (And by the way – the big teaser for the special online training event next week actually does have a decent basis – subscribers already know what it is, and have been reading about it for a couple of months or so now. But save your money and don’t get on any more email lists by clicking the link and registering for the online event. It’ll just be another Porter Stansberry seemingly endless tease, followed by a sales pitch for one or more of the Casey Research (which Doug Casey no longer owns controlling interest of) publications. It’s fascinating, but unless you intend to subscribe to at least one of the expensive publications AND spend considerable time investing in what are sometimes penny stocks in mining and energy, you’ll waste your time, money, and end up with more junk mail.)
Meanwhile, you can contemplate for FREE, Doug Casey’s insights into our “news” media’s use of language, and how it slants society’s beliefs and false-understandings. Whether the Swiss chainsaw attack was “Islamist” or not, the point still remains that the “new” media are shaping our understanding of ALL news. This official Associated Press stylesheet update is (or should be) extremely troubling to most people, yet almost no one will even know about it, let alone understand the significance. And few people read Doug Casey interviews, or read from the pages of the SHTF Forum. Despite the lack of recent activity here, there are absolute gems sprinkled through the Forum’s pages, free for the taking (thank you Selco and Toby).