Democratic Party

The democratic party is on again this week, so if you have anything to do with politics, be there or be square.

This is not your usual party political democrats meet up. Food will be served yourself. This is a self catering do. Which means you’ll just have to bring your own bottle.

We’ll be launching a new boat and a surprise guest will cut the red ribbon. You can look forward to politicians old and new. There will be a charitable whip round for surprised politicians selected to walk the plank.

The party doesn’t end with a boat. Expect posh lodgings around the city. Funding will be available for anyone who finds free lodgings. On occupation of the building we will provide you with the best space possible and perhaps some clean linen. You can expect wide screen projections and long PowerPoint presentations. Bring your own laboratory paper please because on site chemical toilets will be reserved for leaders of the dark side.

We ask that you provide your own rosettes and tie your own tie in the morning. We recommending matching ties and Rosetta, blue for cribs and red for honour. Be prepared this is a GTA5 game graphics event. We expect you to do as your told and get the job done as quick as humanely possible. Gang bangers will be turned away at the door, so dress appropriately, leave the clown suites at home.

This is a once a year event, so prepared for anything for this not your usual democratic party. If you attended last year and survived it, please wear the lousy t-shirt we got you. This years event will have great keynote speakers who have recently retired from the political force. They will be signing shirts, so look out for them. Expect another whip round for them. We hope to raise enough funds to send them home packing.

SPOILER ALERT: topics of the day include – politics, sport, keynote jokes, funding guidance and inside tips about up and coming red tape. All the fun of the fair really.

Democratic voting, offshore banking and political finger pointing

Lets just take a step back for a while please, at a time when a lot of people are pointing fingers three things stand out right of the bat.s

People are people, banking is banking and politician’s, well they’re still politician’s. You see nothing has changed and the information you see before you is nothing new.

A lot of people want you to know about stuff, they don’t care what that stuff is. Often it starts of tit for tat; whilst one side of the fields a butterfly flaps it’s wings and on the other a buffalo storms a China shop. The spicy ingredients in all of this has always been (and rightly so) a propriety secret they don’t want you to know about.

The appetite for economic destruction all began thousands of years ago before the Levellers. Landowners working for the crown took it upon themselves to create a system worthy of any family. Built on a British framework with scaffolding laid out on a scale never seen before. This rental process eaten into allsorts of funds, leaving wayfaring workers out of pocket and at times left redundant because of mismanagement and compartmentalized argument’s on a scale never seen before.

Banks have shuffled around funds for years now and there has been a lot to learn from these once effective mechanisms. Organisations outside the usual framework have been on the sideboard waiting, anticipating and try a little to help to aristocracy save cash. It’s like any other business growing by referral. One man abuses the youthful idea, has a field day so invites all his mates and business associate’s to steam in and abuse the young. Politicians and bankers have worked on your high street hand in hand for years, outsourcing and countersigning allsorts of stuff.

This week Iceland Prime Minister did the honourable thing when the lipstick on his collar was revealed. They say in democracy anyone involved in politics has skeletons in their closet. At the drop of a hat this shit on shoes is used to control or bribe leaders into doing stuff they may not necessarily do.

The secret services banks offer is nothing to get aerated about especially offshore bank’s. These sorts of accounts are outside of the crowns jurisdiction. There is allsorts of media abuse going on right now. Big Brother is treating the world like its own sensational brothel. We are naturally suspecting allsorts of things based on the smallest things.

When you look closely this is what all the big sports cars, grand flats in Vauxhall, Chelsea are all about. You find an area, steam in there, trash the place, invite in a van load of squatters from Romania in to party and spray paint previous pillars of communities. Then the rebuilding process begins an outside investor in Saudi Arabia say wants to spend millions on new flats in areas where development is taking place. Before this road diggers from all around the world ( Bulgaria etc ) steam roll in, flattern and tarmac roads, close of traffic and purposely slow things down a bit. One man works whilst the rest at and their pointing fingers. His job is more important than her job, or that job costs less long term to justify than the alternative.

Fear tactics have been around a long long time and I do not for the foreseeable future see any justice in the world that can replace bigger problems of poverty, mismoney management and the banking systems.

Best thing to do is not get caught up in all the sensationalism. Also when leaks happen I do not get impressed. There is after all nothing glamorous about rats ratting on one another. Lets face folks we live in a world of sin, where people are sinning. Most people are walking on eggshells and have had it hard one way or another so if none of the tabloid news directly affects you or your family in someway I really would not be to concerned with whats that all about.

Democracy and healthy world peace: John Pilger

This video introduces Mr Pilger’s work and why he chose this type of research.

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As a continuation of the post after this one more video’s from John Pilger they include include

Obama Marketing Misconceptions.

Democracy Now! - John Pilger on Empire 1 of 5

This video introduces Mr Pilger’s work and why he chose this type of research.

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This second clip includes an excerpt from John’s documentary stealing a nation.

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John Pilger is questioned about Islanders in the Empire and how Tony Blaire had to deal with this type of situation within the British Empire that was part of the Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez questions.

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Vociferous groups that support Israel have been intimidating British Intelligence. ‘Freedom Next Time’ and the ‘War on Democracy’ is highlighted in this clip to demonstrate this point. Both shows again were produced by John Pilger. The clip of ‘War on Democracy’ uses the Hugo Chavez example to show how cu’s in countries can intervene in Polatics.

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Democracy or World Peace reflections.

Reflections on Democracy and World Peace.

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The landscape of peace is on reflection being won by information, sales and Internet utilisation. The high end use of the internet has become yet another vessel of commodity. The commodity it holds are often useless and loaded with biased misinformation. You can find out more about this by listening to Noam Chomsky’s interviews with Democracy Now.

The link below again highlights the importance of Marketing role models. Below this you will find a back link to Chomsky’s page about Empire’s and how they practice what they preach.


No Place to Hide: The Strategy and Tactics of Terrorism (1982)

No Place to Hide: The Strategy and Tactics of Terrorism. A WESTERN GOALS PRODUCTION.

Directed by Dick Quincer. With G. Edward Griffin. The operation of powerful Marxist forces behind many global terrorist networks is uncovered and researches then in 1982 the long-range strategy and tactics are understood of terrorism around the globe. It points out the merger of two countries or rather two organisations relying on each other to do their dirty laundry.
 
Bill McIlhany who did the McIlhany Report show was first broadcasted on public access cable TV. The studies and audio-visual materials were all included in the public access cable TV show THE MCILHANY REPORT.

Big Brother. Realism and Genre.

This research essay has drawn upon academic research and online sources to discover broad social questions of society, that may be drawn from the Reality TV’s game show Big Brother. The academic origins of media analysis have been from anthropology, linguistics and historians of the media; the research has considered an open narrative analysis of British culture. Specifically Roland Barthes a post Marxist influenced Semiotician, Noam Chomsky a linguist and media critic, Tzvetan Todorov a Bulgarian philosopher who explains genre and human happiness, as well as Annette Hill through her study of  contextual culture, by explaining accordingly audience, origins to the institutions; furthermore some coincidences are noted from other similar profit based ideas on TV.  Moreover with this idea I considered three ‘broad social questions’ of our society and who it chooses to represent then control in entertainment. Firstly the technology available evolved, then British society as apposed to the rest of the world’s society, finally the vote of the people compared to Big Brother voting consequently how this factor may be something bigger than just entertainment in Britain using descriptive analyse in effect of ‘big brother’.

The name ‘Big Brother’ have origins from George Orwell’s idea of Big brother watching over society ‘1984’, a book with ‘utopian’ (Sir Thomas Moore, 1616) ideas of control. In the book ‘1984’ it’s society raises issues about relationships and controlling the workers. Holland has been experimenting with integration of people. Amsterdam especially a man made land from sea originally was connected to Britain 8,000 years ago until the rise in tides, which begins of this idea of reality TV as unnatural. But Britain has always compared it’s self to us or them, an island separate from the rest of Europe.

Anthropologists noticed ordinary lives document back as far as the 9th century from the Arabs who created light-rooms for entertainment. They were without any script and free from any narrative, just a room that framed nature. Nature created its own natural lighting required to exaggerate experience. In the 18th century Dumfries a similar discovery from a similar period revealed the first ideas in the dark-room of ‘camera obscura to camera Lucida’ (1993,Barthes, Of Mythologies). The dark and the light of the real world described coherently as ‘transparency’. From outside looking in the second dimensional view is improved by providing a middle ‘media’(B&S, 3rded, Intro).

The codes and conventions of Barthes supported by Polysemy in Semiotics used initially to understand reading the ‘media texts’ as a format of realism, this essay’s information however suggests ‘an audience desire connection with the real world in a controllable environment’ (B&S,c5, p117).

The case study of John Dovey (2001,135) is referred to explaining an audience as the public sphere for the creation of a community of ordinary people who by explaining the various technical practices will soon adopt there own interpretations through there own eyes. Specifically like online forums. He also speaks of a ‘window on the world’ but to explain this idea in more detail the apparatus available today is considered. (et.al,B&S,ch3,p62).

Today’s introduction of technology consists more of hidden cameras or surveillance video footage focused on ordinary lives. Wherever creating a 3D illusion but this must not be confused with the secretive camera’s of ‘The Truman Show’ movie (Jim Carrey, 2005). More interested in surveillance that has elements of promoting a lack of privacy and more set toward control by re-branding a new identity through the eye of a lens.  HD television improve our visual experience of viewing by filming from various angles otherwise repeating this should not be confused with the lighting and filming. Format of music may well change the surround settings, that I suppose could be argued it contributes  to the ‘deep focus’ upon any unscripted reality appose to the cinematographic opposite ‘shallow focus’(Hill,2002), Barthes accepts these as codes(et-al,B&S,ch2,p33.).

Terrestrial television here in United Kingdom has provided great statistical data thanks to BARB (Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board) this data has relevance to the media’s commercial market, that attracted sponsors like Car Phone Warehouse. 

Factors such as these have contributed to profits from text messaging and the ‘access’ activity that are made from reducing salaries and creating cheap news and like the cinema it also profits from advertising. Advertising is based upon artistic franchises that cost money so for Channel 4 to justify the cost it must show an audience. Adverts support the reality TV for entertainment as well as profit. This synergy (VOD) of working together supportively adds to the illusion of reality through products, fashion, toiletries, music and banks to inter-act with. (B&S,chp6, p165.)

Based in Hilversum, Holland, ‘Endemol’ has scripted (comedy and drama) and non-scripted (reality TV and talent shows) programmes and is the originator of the Big Brother show. Big Brother is basically twelve people, who have never met before, live together for approximately 100 days in a fenced-off compound. They are isolated from the outside world. No phones, newspapers, radios or televisions. No contact with loved ones. They’re all alone except for the millions of viewers watching. Housemates are recorded, broadcasted on television and the internet, and even sent through text messages to mobile phones about the evictions. On a regular basis, the participants are required to nominate two or more housemates. By voting, the viewers decide who leave the house. The last participant to leave the house is the winner. (Endemol,2006.)

Edemol in 2002 had 19 different countries that use the similar idea. Already Big Brother is annually creating a made lineage of previous contestants. These contestants are rewarded with work, there views are requested by understanding new contestants, unlike the British elite this luxury was not inherited. But globally this is a process of  ‘sorting out the winners from the losers’. Contestants are played upon like real life. (Ellis,2001.)

Described fully in ‘Hyperdermic model’ (Chapter6, p148) of quickly introducing to the young or naive a package in this case like a narcotic injected into there lives that they must purchase to be part of that will guarantee pleasure, but it’s life expectancy is short unlike a classic movie or an ongoing soap more an instant fix, how else could one justify observing people sleeping for hours. Simultaneously this generation of couch potatoes (I Ang, 1991, p149) is affective and we see this from statistical figures of all those actively watching ‘Big Brother’. How long will this product remain worthy of watching?

The cognitive therapeutic viewing of bizarre wallpaper Zap Happy Britain (ch6,p160) appeals to the audience anticipation by Endemol of  votes are cast also by pressing the red-button on there remote control another technological extension of realism with there on the spot spin.

“We may be in the early stages of a new social movement for which democratization of the media will be a central focus of discussion, activism and reconstruction.” – Noam Chomsky.

Activism is a term used to explain a social change that I believe contextually Big Brother intended to do, by noticing the numbers of young actively studying media. Chomsky talks about Globalization and this idea is drawn from by paying to vote the audience are far more satisfied compared to the reputations on television. But to assume that technology will improve our reality’s in Britain or to adopt America’s successful idea of Democracy as stated by Chomsky would be contrary to history’s myth of independence (1775–1783) where by the British elite were expelled from America. Other research of political attitudes gives a hint that ‘Big Brother’ may even introduce democracy in Britain, understanding European ideologies, after all the UK is part of the EU.       (B&S, C6)

From further research I noticed GMTV, Richard & Judy’s (Cactus TV) shortcomings. Trust in televisions inter-active TV is depleting. From so many viewers with mobile phones we are well aware of the profit they make from voting. Reinforcing this example laws exist about consent of using the home phone if below the age of 18 (B&S,ch6) but how can these laws be reinforced?

NVLA now known as Mediawatch UK who used to employ Mary Whitehouse is a contemporary movement voice that observes and challenges any violence on TV. They are looking for sexual and profanity matters with an emphasis of any violence. Channel 4 targets a youthful audience prior to the Watershed. Late night viewing was regulated by dubbing the sound out and replacing the sound with birds chirping replacing the real with something close.

Their views are moulded more from ‘Little Brother’(B.B.L.B.) hosted by Dermot O’leary who interviews the stars and the public, ‘Big Mouth’ is hosted by Russell Brand who from Sunday to Friday straight after the show speaks with his audience in London. Both the hosts selected West Endemol were young up and coming comedians. Also Big Brain on channel 4 hosted a more psychological profile of body language and profiling, they call it exposing the intelligence.(Big Brother, 2007) All of these shows contribute to ‘objectivity’(Barthes) of the shows genre.

That is to say by in discussions the shows views become a new perspective all these factors and discussions may help understand their personal views. A good example of controversy arising from the audience observing real life television was Celebrity Big brothers argument between Jane Goody and Shilpa Shetty consequently issues of racism and bullying were raised.

The cat-walk scene of evictee’s greeted by Davina McCall:  The camera and lighted entrance justify this panning around the perimeters’ of the house by the camera crew then narrative sets up expectations of a good speech about the competitors. Horizontally for the audience at home as well, the thousands cheering outside know this realism is pre-ordained and un-rehearsed. Todorov spoke about endings of characters in the story of a film westerns, Barthes through several ways of explaining the Format, that is the contextual linguistic terminology that explains the Media text or the presentation to the audience.

We see the losers rejoicing and cheering eviction, restoring the equilibrium somehow to guarantee celebrations. A happy ending.

This realism has turned over large amounts of money. Concluding that ‘Realism’ as a package on TV has been successful. Although this lack of control within what happens especially with the Jane Goody incident cost West Endemol its sponsors Car-phone Warehouse.

But more importantly of the technological advancement information whereas in life, the internet, You-Tube and forums. Finally the codes incorporated to Big Brother’s Genre is just as valid in this country as it would be in America, it’s only the audience who can also influence anything they don’t like, and traditionally they do. In conclusion this reality TV package delivers an atmosphere where you don’t have to go out and meet people but my reality is what’s real has to excite all of the senses. Not just watching. We all pay rent , or all have mortgages and bills looming overhead; it’s this realism that this era of disaffected and disempowered young middle class may reach out too. Replacing the dissatisfaction so subsequently keeps the young inside the country, an important addictive healthy option.
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Footnote:  Russell Brand has announced that he has quit. Edemol this week just purchased The Hammer house of Horror a new element am sure that may influence the format or comedy genre of big brother in UK. Meanwhile this week begins a new episode of big brother. The only contestants I’ve met who has been on big brother is Goldie, Bez and Ken. I have met all the comedians who host the shows and have just noticed a new advert on the web-site ‘Celebrity Big Bubble’ “Stay in and get tanked”, Marilyn Manson appears to be the winner.

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