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Once upon a time, the media thought of itself as a watchdog. Now they just work for the banks, like everyone else. Adam Savage of Mythbusters, with a myth he wasn’t allowed to bust:

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  1. Miss Wendy wrote:

    Wny do people say things like this and end with that odd, fixed, glassy smile? The smile means, “What I am saying makes me so uncomfortable that in order to say it, I have to mask my true inward state with a fake grin.”

    The insecure nature of the RFID chip is one thing. More important is the proof that a free flow of information, the dissemination of knowledge, is controlled by money.

    Sure this is an entertainment show, not a news snow, banned from speaking about technology. However, that is a thin curtain to hide behind. The only way of spreading knowledge effectively is through mass-market shows on television.

    Adam is clearly uncomfortable about the censorship to the point of…shock almost. He describes his coworker as “white” (with fear/shock) even today, whenever his coworker recalls the conversation. That visceral fear is the way people are controlled.

    Note that not a single legal paper was exchanged. The control was through terror. We as each single individual must, MUST risk our jobs when confronted with this. Because it is at the individual level that decisions are made that allow our society to be controlled by money.

    soapbox/

    I would urge every person to make this personal sacrifice, be the producers who producers literally walk off the job if they are prevented from producing and airing this segment. That is what it takes to bring about a freedom revolution.

    /soapbox

    Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 9:47 am | Permalink
  2. Jeff wrote:

    Read the essay “Corporate Media and the Threat to Democracy” by Robert McChesney. It’s very dense, but a fantastic piece on how corporate interests control media, and have done so since the Civil War.

    Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 10:36 am | Permalink
  3. Miss Wendy wrote:

    Sitting and reading a dense tome about a serious problem, that is referred to as bread and circuses: distract attention from *solving* the problem by continually analyzing the problem.

    Where does Robert McChes suggest we do about it? The solution is at the individual level: stand up to the threat and take the personal consequences. Stand against the wrong-ness of corporations putting terrifying legal people on the telephone with you, BY REFUSING TO LET THEM DICTATE WHICH SHOWS ARE SHOWN. Even if it costs you your job. Especially if it costs you your job. That means your job is wrong.

    Books offering endless analyses of problems actually get in the way of solving the problem, by making you feel that you are “doing something” by reading the book.

    Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 10:52 am | Permalink
  4. David wrote:

    That’s Adam Savage, not Alex Jones.

    Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 11:29 am | Permalink
  5. TENTHIRTYTWO wrote:

    IK, I think by posting something about RFID and Alex Jones, you just got put on a list. :)

    Wait…now I’m on the list!

    Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 11:44 am | Permalink
  6. Iron Knee wrote:

    Thanks David, changed the article to say “Adam Savage”.

    Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Permalink
  7. JimM wrote:

    Hate to spoil your fun, but this MythBusters story is itself a myth, long since busted. Savage wasn’t part of the actual conversation and apparently misunderstood what happened, so he later recanted his story.

    Details: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13772_3-10031601-52.html

    Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Permalink
  8. Dan wrote:

    Interesting. The original video has the marks authenticity. The retraction does not. Hm.

    Do you think his coworker Tory was *not* “white” and scared after the phone conversation?

    Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 6:18 am | Permalink
  9. Michael wrote:

    Interesting cnet article, but I don’t think it fully recants that there was pressure. Whenever somebody states that another version of a story is “factually correct,” there is generally an implication that there are errors (or lies) of omission. I’m especially wary when the version is vague (“Technical questions were asked and answered…”), and tells you nothing about the tone of the discussion. And, of course the decision came from Beyond Productions. The other companies couldn’t preemptively stop them from making the episode, but they sure could make it clear that Beyond might face repercussions (not necessarily legal ones, though). That’s what sucks about chilling effects…they’re perfectly legal and very hard to prove.

    As Savage said, “If I went into the detail of exactly why this story didn’t get filmed, it’s so bizarre and convoluted that no one would believe me.” In the end, we’ll never know the real story.

    Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 10:17 am | Permalink
  10. Miss Wendy wrote:

    Dear Sir Iron Knee, I appreciate your truth telling. I read Political Irony blog faithfully and am convinced that the political game is just a media circus, and literally just a toothless media circus.

    Because I respect you I would like to suggest that you investigate another non-reported silence of the media, possibly due to Patriot Act coercion, of “Chemtrails”

    Chemtrails are not reported by weathermen. Chemtrails are not explained by any government source. Chemtrails and their dangerous chemical contents have been thoroughly documented by people (people apparently with no voice). Chemtrails are seen in staggering abundance in satellite pictures and have been videotaped and reported above pretty much every location on earth. So please consider investigating this story.

    Love your work!

    Friday, June 8, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Permalink