Now, everywhere we turn, from the lower echelons of Web entrepreneurs like Aung Than, who use it to cash in on their cartoons and pretend they are doing some vital service to mankind, to the upper atmosphere of privileged tech millionaires who urge us to “do what you love and the money will follow”, we are drowning in a flood of aspirational libertarianism. This is not the cruel, hard-edged objectivism of Ayn Rand that scorns charity and embraces social Darwinism; it is a feel-good philosophy of wealth as a byproduct of passion, always equipped with a quote from Einstein or Vonnegut or Deepak Chopra to ease our conscience about using capitalism as a method of spiritual enlightenment. It is a gospel of achievement, not of domination. It paints the lower orders not as moochers and leeches, forever begging their betters for a handout, but as non-creatives and under-achievers, whose greatest crime is not wanting it bad enough. But while it couches its message of attainment uber alles in (literal) terms of art, the message is essentially the same: you deserve success, and it is your talent that entitles you to it. And if you fail, it’s because you’re just not trying.Inspiration Disinformation | LEONARD PIERCE DOT COM
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Those generally sanguine about the disappearance of the BBC’s flimsy youth wing should consider the implications of BBC3’s axing more carefully, because it’s entirely of a piece with one of the most objectionable tropes of the coalition’s wider strategy. Is there a single strata of society doing worse out of the Cameron Project than the young? This latest blow represents yet more ruthless targeting of the powerless - it’s just that this time, the government has diverted the cause and effect downstream and found someone to do their bidding for them. Presumably, there’s an assumption at the BBC that the consumers of Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show and Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet of Crisps will be less likely to kick up a meaningful fuss than lovers of Jonathan Meades and Storyville. Based on the BBC 6Music furore, it’s probably a correct assumption, but that doesn’t make it any less ignoble. In any case, viewers should be under no illusions that the axe doesn’t still hang over BBC4 too.
So does death by a thousand cuts loom? Well, yes. The best way for the BBC to guarantee this kind of lingering, painful death is to proceed exactly as it is - quiescent, conservative and increasingly indistinguishable from its competitors. It’s time for the BBC to draw a line in the sand, stop apologising for its own best qualities and launch a counterattack.
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So next time you share a Daily Mail link and are shouted down by social media police, tell them this. All of this. Tell them that they are perpetuating a baseless half-truth about the mailonline’s profitability that might actually help the Mail weather the financial storm, because consumers, investors and advertisers will mistakenly perceive it to be more valuable then actually is. Tell them that by sharing these things on Facebook, you will bring about greater scrutiny on their content from our dark overlord, Zuckerberg, who is looking to stamp that sort of thing out. Tell them that in clicking on links to the dailymail.co.uk you are helping to destabilise their primary source of revenue and might actually be expediting its demise.Profits Of Doom