Friday, 26 August 2011
The recent uprisings in the Arab world are interesting on a number of counts. These insurrections are propelled by the youthful naivety of Arab populations – half of whom are under 25, after all – not to mention the skilled self-marketing of Anglo-American nations.
For those of resident in the Anglosphere, the images projected by the Anglo-American media are fantastical nonsense – we know from our daily lives that very few people own private helicopters, live in mansions or earn billions of dollars. However, to people in Libya, the radiant images beamed at them by Hollywood are accurate depictions of life in the contemporary Anglosphere. Most of the youthful revolutionaries doubtless believe they, too, will own a helicopter if they adopt a western lifestyle.
One of the core myths projected by the Anglo media is the notion that sex with beautiful women is happening everywhere, to everyone, all the time – that casual sex is like autumn fruit, an endless abundance. I recall a coca-cola advert that typified this agenda. Some fool was jogging along when he encountered a beautiful blonde girl running in the opposite direction. In moments they were jogging together, saccharine music welling in the background, caught in the first flush of love... have a Coke and a smile.
Now, many American men report that such easy-going attitudes are rather rare among American females. PUAs talk about continual ‘shit-tests’. MRAs talk about over rudeness and hostility to decent, middle-class men, not to mention no-fault divorces and widespread female misandry. It is reasonable to say, therefore, that a vast gulf divides the reality of American sexuality and its media portrayal.
Sadly, people outside the Anglosphere only see what the Anglo-American media show them. Most young Libyans doubtless walk about thinking that all American men are dating nubile models and enjoying daily orgies. We cannot blame them for this – how could they think otherwise? The Anglo media does not tell them that a vast number of America males are sexually disenfranchised, or that most American women are obese. All they see are Coca Cola ads – hardly an index of social reality.
George Sodini’s rampage had a great impact around the world for this very reason – it confounded America’s carefully-groomed international image. Suddenly, people in Asia, Africa or the Arab world glimpsed the bugs lurking in America’s bed. Sodini’s massacre hinted at a very different America than the one typically portrayed – one where thugs and plutocrats monopolize the few attractive women, leaving all other males to the tender mercies of Divorce or sexual disenfranchisement. That was why the Anglo-American establishment was so quick to decry Sodini as warped and deluded – much more was at stake than a few dead women. One interesting fact that garnered much international attention was Sodini’s attachment to the PUA subculture. Many foreigners were fascinated by its very existence – that American men had to go to such preposterous lengths to get sex with even obese, past-prime or plain women. This went sorely against the grain of America’s international image, where debutantes and models are routinely depicted leaping into bed with ranch-hands and truck-drivers. Consider the lyrics to Katy Perry’s ‘California Girls’, a paean to American girls’ sassy, hedonistic ways:
You could travel the world
But nothing comes close
To the Golden Coast
Once you party with us
You'll be falling in love
Oooooh oh oooooh
Bikinis on top
We'll melt your Popsicle
Oooooh oh oooooh
Fine, fresh, fierce
We got it on lock
Now put your hands up
Oooooh oh oooooh
Sex on the beach
We don't mind sand in our Stilettos
In my Jeep
Snoop Doggy Dogg on the stereo (Oh oh)
American pop music from the sixties went even further in its ludicrous misrepresentation of sexual reality; consider ‘Surf City’, the old Jan and Dean surf song. This warbling ditty implies that all American men are driving around in customised T-Birds, attending an endless round of beach parties and banging two or more tanned, beautiful chicks at a time:
I bought a '30 Ford wagon and we call it a woody
(Surf City, here we come)
You know it's not very cherry, it's an oldie but a goody
(Surf City, here we come)
Well, it ain't got a back seat or a rear window
But it still gets me where I wanna go
And we're goin' to Surf City, 'cause it's two to one
You know we're goin' to Surf City, gonna have some fun
Ya, we're goin' to Surf City, 'cause it's two to one
You know we're goin' to Surf City, gonna have some fun, now
Two girls for every boy
You see they never roll the streets up 'cause there's always somethin' goin'
(Surf City, here we come)
You know they're either out surfin' or they got a party growin'
(Surf City, here we come)
Well, with two swingin' honeys for every guy
And all you gotta do is just wink your eye
And if my woody breaks down on me somewhere on the surf route
(Surf City, here we come)
I'll strap my board to my back and hitch a ride in my wetsuit
(Surf City, here we come)
And when I get to Surf City I'll be shootin' the curl
And checkin' out the parties for a surfer girl
Yeah, right. A world-view totally at odds with the experience of every American male I have ever met. All you gotta do is just wink your eye... and be a mumbling, sadistic thug with personal hygiene problems. The surfers forgot to mention that, unfortunately.
Of course, a tiny minority of rich, famous males were enjoying such a lifestyle in the early sixties – and their experiences were amplified by the mainstream media to create an entirely spurious image of the United States as a haven of sexual freedom. In primitive theocracies, the broad masses lack the cultural acumen to perceive the squalid reality behind America’s glittering public image. Young Libyans and Iranians truly believe that adopting Western ways will result in ‘two girls for every boy’. The reality, as we all know, runs more like: ‘ten girls for every mumbling thug/swaggering plutocrat - very little for anyone else.’
The foregoing discussion partly explains the Anglo-American establishment’s rabid antagonism towards the men’s movement. By revealing the tormented reality of Anglo-American gender-relations, the manosphere deflates decades of Hollywood propaganda, indirectly challenging the Anglosphere’s global agenda of economic coercion and cultural infiltration.
Only since the Internet obliterated the legacy media’s tired tales has this ‘revolution of truth’ been possible. I would compare the Internet to a Roman legionary’s pilum. These short spears were designed to stick in enemy shields, not to kill or wound the foe. Thus encumbered, the enemy could not raise their shields to defend themselves at close quarters; which exposed them to fatal, stabbing thrusts from the Roman gladius or short sword. In the same way, the Internet downs the Pan-Anglosphere shield of carefully-crafted media delusions, exposing the Anglo-American world to foreign eyes for the first time: misandrist, repressed and gynocentric.
One good MRA blog undoes decades of surf music, Hollywood romances and Coke adverts. Is it any wonder the men’s movement is so suppressed and marginalised in the United States? When the Arab revolutionaries find the sexual benefits of western life are only for an unrepresentative few, one can only guess at their response. Whatever, the West’s media shields are down or discarded, their filters ineffectual – and there’s not one thing the Anglo establishment can do about it.
Saturday, 13 August 2011
Futrelle and other feminist sympathizers always consider themselves iconoclasts and revolutionaries – strange when one considers their boundless admiration for the mainstream media, which enjoys an intimate relationship with the Anglo-American cultural establishment. This gushing approbation makes more sense if one considers television and newspapers to be pro-feminist, misandrist institutions – and that feminism defines the Establishment rather than opposing it.
Antonio Gramsci argued that the media bound the consent of the masses to the existing social order by injecting them with a worldview contrary to their real lives – in short, they adopted the worldview of the elite (or their media minions), becoming detached from (and indifferent towards) their own reality. In this deluded condition, they were easy prey for elite manipulation. What the Internet has done – in its various forms – is challenge this indoctrination process. And that is frightening the elite, for obvious reasons. Richard Scarecrow’s blog is an excellent example of this ‘reality revolution’ in action. While the legacy media continually aver that Anglo-American women are kindly angels brimming with love for humanity, Richard gives us telling anecdotes about real American women – seemingly a very different species.
When Richard – a personable, educated, solvent male – approached women in his youth, he met remarks like: “You’re so ugly I wish I was a lesbian”; “fuck off”; “Go shoot yourself”. Now, encounters like this are very rarely described in the legacy media – yet seem rather commonplace in contemporary North America. Likewise, the ubiquitous female attraction to thugs and psychopaths is widely discussed on MRA blogs and websites, yet comprehensively vetoed by the 'mainstream' media. It seems that TV and the print media are living in a cocoon of utter self-delusion on any issue that might cast women in a negative light - in short, hopelessly out-of-touch with mainstream experience. This partly explains their recent marginalization and decline into low-brow slogans and platitudes - nowadays, only working class morons, knee-jerk conservatives and libtard fanatics uncritically swallow the puritanical misandry peddled by Murdoch’s legacy press: thinking people have gone elsewhere for news and opinion (according to Reuters, 70% of Americans now consider the media 'out of touch').
This dramatic shift raises many issues of interest to MRAs and anti-feminists. With the media’s hegemony crumbling, we are seeing reality aright for the first time in centuries. While the mainstream Anglo-American media would have us believe that 60 year old women are as attractive as 20 year olds, that all men want sex with Sarah Jessica Parker, that fashion models are all leaping around in bed with truck drivers, that women aren’t hypergamous and that no one is INCEL – in short, a farrago of fictions – most thinking people now see that these are remarkably silly messages. The point being, only since the Internet emerged has any opportunity for consensus social reality to be described or upheld at all – prior to the Internet, reality was systematically vetoed.
The Internet revolution also permits new perspectives on long-standing men’s issues. It has long been assumed by PUAs and conservative anti-feminists that the late sixties weakened monogamy, allowing women to pursue 'alpha' thugs and celebrities and creating a large rump of sexually disenfranchised males. While there is some truth in this model, an alternative explanation exists. In short, could it be that there have always been sexually-disenfranchised, INCEL males – that they are not new at all? Perhaps they only seem so because - prior to the Internet - there was no way for them to articulate their experience.
The media aimed at the Anglo-American working class projects a strongly sexualized agenda – ‘everyone’ is having sex ten times a day in Murdoch-world. Given that Anglo-American working class males are – given their low incomes and desultory life-chances – unlikely to enjoy much high-quality sex, one must accept that this is classic hegemonic manipulation at work. Further, anyone who dares challenge these mass hallucinations is reflexively lambasted as a ‘freak’ or ‘misfit’. And the middle class media (GQ, Men’s Health, Esquire) are little better, largely devised by Anglo-American homosexuals and projecting a denatured, high-bourgeois fantasy world as some kind of hyper-real ‘norm’.
But now – zum Teufel! – we have a plethora of blogs, websites and social media where normal people can express themselves without Murdoch’s tyrannical filter. It is our contention that this explosion gives the impression that INCEL males, PUAs and MRAs are something new – when they have always existed, albeit in a voiceless state. After all, the voiceless might as well not exist, for all practical purposes. Similarly, anti-feminist dissent has a 'fresh-minted' aura that is entirely spurious: a good British magazine called Male View existed in the early 90s, covering much of the ground now ably traversed by Angry Harry (I know – I published in it). Of course, Male View came by subscription only – its message was too radical for the mainstream – but it still existed, albeit in a marginalized state. In sum, the Internet has made the marginal mainstream.
Anders Breivik’s massacre in Norway has caused the Anglo-American Establishment much angst, most of it focussing on how online ‘communities of interest’ can form spontaneously in cyberspace, blissfully free of their ideological control (the manosphere being a good example). This fear is interesting, since fear always betrays weakness:
Anders Behring Breivik: Tunnel vision in an online world
Every country needs some degree of cohesion. Just how much is a legitimate matter of dispute. Some believe that cultural pluralism is a recipe for fragmentation and the loss of trust. This may be the case, but not necessarily. So long as common institutions function impartially – education, housing, work etc – a society can live well with considerable diversity. However, the moment we cease to speak to each other, something serious is under way. This is exactly what happened with Breivik and many of his co-believers: they developed a parallel reality on the internet.
The role of the internet in fragmenting the public sphere has been the subject of some scholarly and journalistic interest, most recently in Eli Pariser's excellent The Filter Bubble, which shows how Google, Facebook and other major actors filter our web searches, updates etc according to our user profiles and previous cyberhistories. So if I am an environmentalist typing "climate change" into Google, I get a different set of results from you, if you are an oil executive. The filter bubble operates on Amazon by giving personal recommendations; in its more insidious ways, it tailors our web searches to confirm our pre-existing world view without us noticing. Eventually, we may drift apart and end up living in different worlds.
Breivik must willingly have allowed himself to be brainwashed by Islamophobic and extreme rightwing websites. However, had he instead been forced to receive his information through a broadsheet newspaper, where not all the stories dealt with Europe's loss of confidence and the rise of militant Islam, it is conceivable that his world would have looked slightly different. Perhaps one lesson from this weekend of shock and disbelief may be that cultural pluralism is not necessarily a threat to national cohesion, but that the tunnel vision resulting from selective perusal of the internet is.
Thomas Hylland Eriksen, The Guardian UK, 25 July 2011
'... had he instead been forced to receive his information through a broadsheet newspaper, where not all the stories dealt with Europe's loss of confidence and the rise of militant Islam, it is conceivable that his world would have looked slightly different.'
True enough - but would his world have looked like reality? The same discourse emerged in relation to George Sodini - if he had not been immersed in the PUA subculture, would he have shot the people? Well, had Sodini been listening to the 'mainstream' media (and there is no evidence he did not) he would still have thought himself a crazy misfit - and perhaps been even more dangerous. After all, the 'mainstream' media's distorted fixation with demographic oddities - rich people, cross-class relationships, teenagers, alternative lifestyles - is hardly conducive to normal social adjustment. British academic John Downing cites evidence that people who watch a lot of TV hugely exaggerate the number of privately-owned helicopters, tennis courts, swimming pools and mansions in western societies - clear proof the 'mainstream' media promotes a delusional view of the world. How, then, can accepting the 'mainstream' media promote proper adjustment when it projects such delusions as casual norms?
The establishment's worries were recently compounded by the riots in England, challenges to the power elite's hegemony organized through social networking media. Prime Minister David Cameron has already promised to shut down social networking channels during future riots. This highlights the danger they represent to our oppressors - and the opportunities they give to us.