Sadly, but not without a certain amount of relief, I’ve decided to leave blogging. It wasn’t an easy decision but after a decade of commenting on blogs…and a couple of years posting music & political threads I’ve decided for the good of my health & well-being that it’s time to call it a day.
I started commenting in 2000 on Dreampop Losing Today, a blog dedicated to alternative music. The blog’s peace was eventually broken by bickering between two factions of music supporters. And the fact GW Bush’s administration had invaded Afghanistan, which led me to put up some anti-war poems and got me thinking about searching for politically-based blogs.
One I discovered was the feedback area for Fox News. A music friend & Democratic party supporter joined me as we tangled with many an avid Fox News supporter.
Whilst primarily keeping my commenting to music blogs in the years 2000 – 2004 I did add the odd comment to various political blogs during that time…primarily voicing my concerns about the bogus wars, the corporations, dynasties & individuals who benefitted from these “avoidable” conflicts…and concern for the rights of asylum seekers.
The increased xenophobia in this country & America…combined with the sight of children in detention centres…and wounded, dead or dying in the streets & plains of Afghanistan…and then Iraq, truly sickened me. And when one spoke out they were accused of being “unpatriotic” by hordes of Nationalist bullies.
Furthermore, I grew even more troubled by the lack of courageous and in-depth reporting in the mainstream media…as evidenced by their poor showing, often playing the cheer squad role, in the buildup to the Iraq War.
This seemed to be directly connected to the pressure applied by Israel & Saudi lobby groups. And the exponential growth of the Murdoch media into a virtual empire…a sickness of tabloid proportions that infected many a gullible & ill-informed voter…and led to copycatting of the worst kind by other struggling media outlets…particularly those who bowed to the constant barrage of bullying from the likes of Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity…and avid Fox News supporter Rush Limbaugh.
As the fiasco in Iraq grew ever worse in the years 04-06 I felt a compulsion to try to speak to truth…and help right some wrongs. I began to see Rupert Murdoch as a Moriarty like figure…a nemesis for those of us who were not willing to kowtow to the bullying & character assassination approach of many of his profitable media organs. I spoke up…like a few others…and they were “few” in those days…and whenever possible, went about explaining the tactics & techniques being used by this propaganda machine so others might counter them based on my media experience & observations of Fox News from the late 90s onwards.
And voicing my other concerns, as outlined above. This meant commenting on pioneering blogs such as Troppo Armadillo…Anonymous Lefty…Lavartus Prodeo…Huffington Post…and eventually, in 06, Tim Dunlop’s groundbreaking Road to Surfdom.
Tim is someone I have great respect for…and his move to the Murdochracy by way of Blogocracy initially shocked me. I now understand his motivations…and have met some good folk who originated on that interesting site. Some I would rather have not met…as they have gone on to damage a number of good & decent bloggers…and left a trail of hate, tricky dick behaviour & vitriol that is more appropriate of the worst of Murdoch rags.
In 2009, after the closure of RTS & Blogocracy I joined other contributors on joni’s Blogocrats. A challenging blog. Yet filled with many informative & enlightening characters, some of who contribute at Cafe Whispers. We are fortunate to have them.
Having provided music posts on a couple of blogs Joni was the first to request I provided some political posts…this in the early part of last year. Since then approximately a 100 posts have burst forth. I thank both joni & Miglo for the wondrous opportunity to express my views.
Creating this blog was Miglo’s idea…a good one…and with the aid of the amazingly prolific & diligent Min, Mobius & myself, Miglo has created something special.
WE have created something special. All of us. Every author…every contributor.
And we have linked to numerous others in the blogosphere…and to those journos & columnists & articles & public information/service shows that we feel are speaking to truth…resisting the Murdoch stranglehold…doing the right thing by the public…investigating in-depth the corruption, crimes & cons that have been perpetrated in the name of greed & God…and lust for power.
We’ve done a bloody good job in my estimation considering this is voluntary work, with access to far fewer resources than the average corporate journo…and the fact we are not INSIDERS.
However, it takes its toll. Particularly when those who stand up to the serial bullies & bullsh*tters & xenophobe-stirrers are not defended by those they thought as partners & allies in the blogosphere. And petty feuds between blogs seem never-ending…often stoked by the overly-competitive…and perhaps even those who have been working hard for a good long time to try to silence effective voices…for whatever reasons.
It’s been a long ride. And hopefully I’ve been able to make a useful & positive contribution to the blogosphere, media, politics & Australia in general.
I’m no flower…and let’s face it, sometimes the blogs can feel like a game of ‘Rollerball”…you have to get down & dirty to deal with the hysteria, fear-mongering, distortions & campaign-oriented exaggerations (lies?) of the likes of Tony Abbott & his extreme right-wing party…Andrew Bolt, Piers Akerman, Miranda Devine, Alan Jones, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and the rest of the deranged brigade. And that includes a number of their close minded supporters.
As I said in another knee-jerk reactionary blog today:
Instead of people learning the hard lessons from the GFC and those once again increasing oil prices off the back of “Middle Eastern/Levant/Persian/Gulf States’ instability…
and supporting “profit redistribution”, “egalitarian-based” & “climate change mitigation” policies pushed at present by this government…
in turn ensuring the average worker continues to have a certain degree of protection from exploitive & greedy bosses…and we are able to move ourselves off the fossil fuel (particularly coal & oil) rollercoaster…
too many will fall for the bogus & tricky dick right-wing economics style SPIN of those who work to enhance & continue the lifestyle of the privileged who benefit from our present dire global circumstances. Those who have benefitted from keeping the “fossil fool” dominated status quo.
If there was ever a time to get off the “oil” & “free market” CON & casino share market rollercoasters it is now.
The GFC was preceded by high oil prices as I have explained on various occasions…
putting incredible pressure on fragile home owners & businesses in a number of countries/regions…including the UK, Ireland, parts of Europe & America.
Changes to bankruptcy laws & barbarian like activities of credit companies, and in America grotesque fees for healthcare, ensured many people were driven over the edge financially…
this was the beginning of an economic tsunami.
If this Australian government, that helped its workers survive the GFC pretty well intact, is not permitted to do its job & implement essential policies to help the future generations of this country…because of fear-mongering and SPIN by the usual suspects & their copycat newspapers & bloggers…we will see one of the great crimes & cons of this country’s history.
As we did w/ the assassination of the prime minister who led us out of the GFC storm.
Keep up the truth telling & linking Cafe contributors. I felt privileged to be part of the experience.