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Monday, August 27, 2012

Breitbart's "Righteous Indignation"

Have you heard of this book? I had, around the time that Andrew Breitbart died an early death, but I hadn't read it, until now. Not from lack of interest so much as forgetting to find it at the libary. Mom brain! Anyway, I recommend it to anyone who wants to understand why the conservative movement is finally organized, energized, or even exists. I haven't finished the book yet, but I have read enough to guarantee that I will, and soon.

Chapter 1: the rise of new media. Conservative media, that is. How the internet is allowing conservatives to change the liberal narrative that is media in our country.
The left does not win its battles in debate. It doesn't have to. In the twenty-first century, media is everything.The left wins because it controls the narrative. The narrative is controlled by the media. The left is the media. Narrative is everything.

The conservative movement began with Rush Limbaugh on AM radio, continued with Matt Drudge and FoxNews, and continues today (obviously) with more sites and bloggers and commenters than ever before. Breitbart, let's not forget, through forcing change in the narrative, is responsible for the defunding of ACORN, for Weinergate, and even the dismissal of high-up operatives in national organizations such as the NEA.

Towards the end of Chapter 1, Breitbart shows his insight into the implications of rising conservative media.
If the newspapers weren't so close to the situation, and the implosion of the Old Media didn't involve the livelihoods of those covering the revolution, reporters and journalists would recognize this moment as the beginning of a massive global information awakening.

These are big times. The expansion of freedom in the digital world will lead to the expansion of freedom in the real world.

The people of the United States, with its First Amendment, are leading the way in combining free speech and technology. Just as Western rock and rolls helped bring down the Easter Bloc in the latter half of the twentieth century, the Internet if going to provide a similar impetus to the people of the world to grasp the possibilties of freedom.

In the entire history of the world, these are the most exciting times to live in.
Wow! He's right, but I had never thought through the natural consequences to a more balanced narrative, protected by free speech. Freedom spreading across the world. It is an exciting thing to be a part of and contribute towards. The more the merrier!

We've already seen some of this influence in the Middle East, though the Internet is not yet freely accessible across the world. I've seen the beginnings of this movement in China, where the state closely controls the information its people are allowed to use. Many websites (at least a decade ago when I visited) are blocked, unavailable to Chinese citizens. That very insistence by the state that information can not be free drives the movement there.

Read Righteous Indignation!
My only question thus far (which will probably forever remain unanswered) is why he talks about starting a Big Education website, in addition to Big Government, Big Journalism, and Big Peace (all found at breitbart.com). Maybe because of his untimely death?

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a great book with so many fantastic insights. I have to agree with the points in your synopsis... it's frustrating and sometimes feels like we're swimming upstream.

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