Thanks to the runaway global political gravy trains that are behaving like mammoths on mescaline; and an incandescent media which thinks it’s all such a laugh, we have a phenomenon called fake news.
Like most things it’s not an original idea…
“See how our tireless workers smite the American weakling with ease”
In the good old bad old days, fake news was called propaganda. A dirty bomb of a word, it was largely confined to posters, newspapers and an occasional pompous gentleman on a state-sponsored news reel. It is wedged in our psyche and projects blunt images of blood stained bogeymen or the thinly veiled creeping tide of a menace to our ‘freedoms’.
As an interesting aside, did you know that the slogan “Keep calm and carry on” was never seen by the public in Britain during the war? (JSTOR, August 20, 2018)
Fake news like good old fashioned propaganda, is still the manipulation and conflation of fact with fiction… it just has an ‘always on’ button now.
What the..? This is a ‘modern adventures in model photography’ blog, not some deranged sociopolitical rant Anthony… what’s your point here young feller me lad?
Err sorry, kit reviews is where I’m going with this.
- Can we really trust them to tell us the unadorned truth?
- Are they the real deal?
- Can you:
“tell your plastic from your trash, your culture from the crash, the stripper from the paint, the sinner from the saint, the ladder from the snake?”
Caveat: Before we go any further, this is a satirical poke at our rapidly disintegrating world, addiction to consumerist marketing spin at the hands of commercial greed and our (at times) unwitting complicity in all of it by taking the word of others at face value.
So, don’t growl at me if your sensibilities are offended or your favourite reviewer’s ego takes an Aichi Val amidships, it’s meant to be tongue in cheek; and I’m a sensitive lad who doesn’t take kindly to shouty men with no sense of humour.
Also, watch out for the purple prose and tangential song references…”Ask questions, demand the truth” Continue reading “Fake news, flaky reviews (a parody)”