Monday, August 26, 2013
Monsanto, Facebook and ExxonMobil Censorship strike again!
Meanwhile the Mainstream Media Completely Ignores the March Against Monsanto Event,
Corporate America is dominating the airwaves, while the majority can't afford to pay the big money to even try to get ad time, assuming they would be accepted; and they're increasingly trying to suppress criticism through other sources as well. Some of these attempts may seem like an incompetent attempt to some who pay enough attention to the alternative media outlets but many people that don't might not be aware of it.
In practice it is becoming increasingly obvious that modern interpretations of the first amendment mean that a small number of corporations can have virtual monopoly, or oligarchy control of the mainstream media that reaches the vast majority of the public.
While the vast majority of the public only has the right to free speech as long as they either repeat the corporate ideology or only attempt to speak where no one is listening, perhaps in "free speech zones!"
One of the latest attempts at censorship by Monsanto and Facebook is the deletion of a March Against Monsanto Event, as described in the following article:
ExxonMobil has also been involved in attempts to censor another satire as described in the following article:
All these large corporations have a history of censoring smaller grass roots organizations even though they don't have nearly as much opportunity to get their points across and if their claims are false the corporations could easily refute them. Past examples of censorship include attempts to censor autistic children and their mother, a Gandhi quote about guns and another satire about how pollution is killing children as indicated in the following excerpts:
Thanks to their army of lawyers, lobbyists and propagandists large corporations have an enormous advantage, at least in the short term, when it comes to getting their point across, even though it is often much less reliable than their oppositions points which are often legitimate even if they aren't always perfect. Technically the satire about ExxonMobil "hating your children" might not be true but they clearly care much more about their profits than the lives of children and they are making an enormous amount of money off of the pollution that is already killing thousands if not millions of people around the world. As I indicated in Trade Secrecy laws provide license to commit negligent mass murder many corporations have been in many more environmental disasters than the mass media seems to imply since they report each one as an isolated incident and they often only report many of them in the local news without informing the public of the cumulative amount of damage which is already much worse than they let on.
The commercial media is presenting so much propaganda from the oil companies and allowing Monsanto to avoid any scrutiny and fly below the radar while many of the best researched critics are only able to present their research to those that seek them out. Monsanto successfully convinced the public in California to vote against their best interest with their expensive advertising campaign that controlled a lot of the information that the public had available to them. Part of what they did is convince people that their food would become more expensive if they had to add on the cost of labeling to it; this is only party true and ignore a much bigger expense that also has to be added on to the price of food, the cost of their own propaganda as well as the cost of regular advertising which is also deceptive in most cases. To pretend they have to pass on the cost of accurate information without acknowledging the fact that their inaccurate information is also a business expense that has to be passed on is the height of hypocrisy; and that is exactly what they did. they will almost certainly add more to the cost of food to cover their deception and now the consumers won't have accurate information to make their decisions so they lose both ways.
This tactic may be working with a large number of complacent people but it isn't working with those that pay more attention and if a growing number of people see the protests and hear from more alternative media outlets that actually do try to report the news then they will lose what little credibility they have left, assuming you think they have any left.
Montauk March Against Monsanto Gandhi quote
The following are some related articles including some from Timing Logic and Earth first who first pointed out some of the articles contributing to this blog:
Earth First: Facebook Removes March Against Monsanto Event
Timinglogic Facebook Censors Freedom Of Expression - Mom Who Protests Genetically-Modified Food
Reversing Autism on Facebook
Earth First: Removal of YouTube Tar Sands Satire Video Tied to Big Oil