The Dangerous Rise of 'Alternative' Media

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The media is an essential component of a modern democracy. Without it, people are uninformed of the issues that affect their lives and are incapable of making informed decisions when it comes to business, voting and everyday life. In the modern world, people are more up to date than ever with developments in politics, sports and science. It has never been a more exciting time to be alive. However, alongside the respected media outlets consumed by ordinary people, there is a more sinister and dangerous type of media developing on the internet.

The so-called ‘alternative’ media caters to an array of societal outcasts, from vulgar video game addicts and ‘natural’ health quacks, to far-right conspiracy theorists and survivalists. The alternative media generally believes that it can publish whatever it likes, and answers to nobody, unlike the mainstream media which is guided by a strict code of ethics and answers to average people. Much of the alternative media promotes lies and conspiracy theories directed at respected government officials and business professionals, and attempts to undermine the work of essential government institutions such as the NSA and TSA.

What’s even more scary is that the alternative media often targets the most vulnerable people in society, such as rebellious teens and social outcasts. These people are naturally drawn to the sensationalism of conspiracy theories and anti-establishment rhetoric, preferring to believe that they are living in a Hollywood movie, rather than the real world.

Alternative media is far from a harmless alternative to respected media outlets. We as a society need to recognize the dangers that it poses to the peace and stability of our civilization, and take steps to limit and reduce its influence on our most vulnerable people. The internet simply has to be regulated, to limit the kind of content that can be uploaded or shared. Some types of information should simply never be available, as they only serve to destroy, not to inform. If we want progressive values to continue to spread worldwide, and would like to put an end to bigotry and hate, then I’m afraid we have no choice. The future of our planet, and of our children, depends on our willingness to stop the spread of hateful information, and say that enough is enough.

James
James

You sound like an aspiring Nazi. Any photos of Hitler in your Bedroom ? So, what exactly validates a “respected media outlet” ? Respected by whom ?

MillionDollarBonus_

I don’t appreciate the insinuation. Respected media outlets are those newspapers, TV channels and websites that have proven to be trustworthy over many years. These would be anyone from the New York Times to CNN and MSNBC.

klaus
klaus

Either you are ignorant or a troll. Everyone knows the associated press is a joke along with main stream media. It’s been bought and paid for. everything they print should be read for comedy purposes. newspaper are dying because their model has long been dead.

Arch Stanton
Arch Stanton

Couldn’t agree more MDB!! Limiting speech to specific news organisations is aimed at educating and disciplining society, particularly young progressives, and fighting delinquency on conservative “news” networks. Freedom of expression can’t be lying to the people or insulting citizens and politicians!

Libertarian nutjobs are hiding inside constitutional freedoms to take down the diverse culture of progressive America. That’s how the Muslim terrorists, IS, etc., are doing it now: Divide from inside using violence and radicalization. Hate speech needs curtailment if it’s a pathway to destroying the very freedoms that protect it.

I am sickened by some of the rightwing racist comments to this article! Can we get a moderator to remove the offensive posts please?

MillionDollarBonus_

I should really ban most of the non accredited commenters here, but I choose to tolerate them in order to educate them. They need to learn that hate speech is not free speech!

Deplorable Zero
Deplorable Zero

Ban me, please. Your little reign of anti-White/Christian terror is over anyways. Live in your fascist echo-chamber with the rest of the Marxists-in-training and tell yourselves that your own hateful speech is justified.

Deplorable Zero
Deplorable Zero

You do realize you’re a fascist right? “Limiting speech to specific news organisations is aimed at educating and disciplining society”, a la N. Korea and the USSR. Everything you don’t agree with is “hate speech”. Thank God Trump won and people realized you lunatics for what you really are, Communist/fascist haters of the West and of White people in general.

trav777

how dare you criticize an accredited writer like MDB?

You are defending purveyors of hate speech and anti-diversity. MDB wants them shut down and if necessary violently murdered in the name of peace and tolerance. This is what all progressives want.

Just like the professor who, in response to the lack of his desired legislative action, posted that he and other anti-gunners should storm NRA HQ in Fairfax, fully armed, and kill every single person there. THIS is tolerance. THIS is diversity. How could any right-thinking person disagree with these things?

Darren Perkasian
Darren Perkasian

For those who criticize MDB – look at the credibility rating – 83K hits at the time of my reply! If that’s not proof that he’s credible, I don’t know what is. How are we supposed to know if something is good if you don’t know how many hits there are?

Do you think Kim Kardashian gets so many hits on YouTube just because she’s pretty with a voluptuous figure?? Of course not! She is credible! She is a true progressive woman helping others around the world fight body shaming and offering valuable lessons on how to be a positive role model. Her husband, Kanye, is incredibly credible too! Here is a man who has been a pioneer in the influential in helping us all understand how important it is to have a cool pair of jeans and correctly use auto-tune.

Darren Perkasian
Darren Perkasian

I, for one, shudder to think of a world without credible folks like MDB, Kanye or Kim! Remember you can’t get hits unless you’re credible, and you’re not credible unless you get hits – it’s that simple.

Deplorable Zero
Deplorable Zero

Kanye likes Trump now, how do you feel about that?

PratiHara
PratiHara

This was satire, right?

PH

MillionDollarBonus_

Why would it be satire? Nothing could be more sensible than restricting the flow of dangerous information. My beliefs are shared by many of the top policy makers and political scholars.

Deplorable Zero
Deplorable Zero

Your “beliefs are shared by many of the top policy makers and political scholars” because politicians are criminals and academia is infested with Marxist scum. Why don’t you push your multiculturalism agenda in a place like Africa or Saudi Arabia, or Japan? Oh right, because what you really want is the destruction of Whites. You hateful simpletons. White America, who put Obama in office twice, just voted your regressive asses into obscurity.

trav777

Again, I find myself in total agreement with MDB, one of the most progressive viewpoints on the internet. THIS is the type of viewpoint you can expect from accredited, progressive writers and media outlets.

The common-sense, consensus viewpoints, validated by polls, that shows that elites and experts should be trusted to guide information flow and to keep dangerous information out of the hands of people who might misuse it.

The large media conglomerates are the experts in information flow and they wield this power for the common good and for rightthinking, progressive thought.

Progressives don’t believe in stupid notions like this “freedom” right wingers claim to violate everyone else’s rights with all their individual fetishes and kinks and crazy gun clinging…or their claims to have the right to offend people. Right wingers and libertarian kooks make all sorts of certifiably nuts statements, and there’s no place in civil discourse for them.

Anyone who is outside the mainstream is a threat to progressive order and should be shut down. Anyone espousing information that isn’t approved and accredited should be shut down. Only this way can we ensure that people don’t start getting the wrong ideas and start becoming a threat to their fellow man.

Don’t let hate win, it is the current year.

MillionDollarBonus_

Exactly. There simply has to be accountability for people who post discredited and hateful information on the internet. Words CAN hurt people. Words can be dangerous. Words can undermine the whole of society and instil mistrust of government officials, scientists and the media. If we allow people to disseminate whichever information they choose, we are sacrificing our society to a sinister force that threatens to undo decades of social and political progress. The so called ‘alternative’ media must be stopped!

Sgt. Oddball
Sgt. Oddball

The solution is obvious as it is simple MDB: – All news and current affairs should be placed under copyright/IP protections.

We already have Reuters and the AP as accredited wire services, from whom the vast majority of the already copious and ‘broad-church’ accredited news media already take the vast majority of their day-to-day copy. Really, need we any more?

Let’s finally legally recognize the so-called ‘Alt-media’ for the treacherous pirates they are.

Robespierre
Robespierre

Yes the respected mainstream media which never lied in its life. Never pushed far out conspiracy theories like Weapons of Mass Destruction existed in Iraq. Never refused to publish works by former Pulitzer prize winners like Seymour Hersh. Never spent hours dribbling about nonsense that was of no fundamental importance. Ahh yes such a mystery why “alternative” media is on the rise.

As Government corruption escalates to the point where war crimes trials are being sought for some of the major leaders of recent history, it is also so confusing why “Conspiracy Theories” (or “Investigative Journalism” as it used to be called) is on the rise against Government officials. Yup.

Thankfully the elitist power structure has entered the same trap that those in Versailles France of the late 18th century found themselves in. So delusional and obsessed with their own propaganda they could not see the end coming until they were on the steps of Madame Guillotine herself.

MillionDollarBonus_

You are a perfect example of how the ‘alternative’ media instils a distrust and hatred of our own government. You OPENLY criticize our own government and boldly accuse respected government officials of committing heinous crimes! And then, on top of all that, you have the GALL to claim that those who follow respected media outlets are deluded! Your behavior demonstrates exactly why conspiracy theories and unfounded accusations directed at political leaders need to be banned.

Robespierre
Robespierre

Your Government carpet bombing the rest of us in the world is what lead to the distrust and hatred not anything any alternative media wrote. Didn’t need to read anything to hear the heavy bombers over head. Also your Government is NOT the world government as much as you delusional twats may wish to believe. So your disgusting government is thankfully NOT my government. I openly criticize mass murdering scum and am proud to do so. Your empire is completely in flames and if you can’t see that then may the day you fade into history like all other empires before you hasten to us. Good riddance to the whole sorry arrogant lot of you.

Robespierre
Robespierre

Stick that in your “Safe Space”

MillionDollarBonus_

Well forgive me if I don’t buy into this ridiculous insinuation that respected government officials are guilty of ‘war crimes’. I haven’t seen this accusation taken seriously by ANY respected media outlet, reputable university professor or political scholar. The only media outlets that give any credence to these insane ideas are fringe blogs laced with conspiracy theories and anti-government propaganda. I choose to put my faith in the established media and professors with credentials, not unknown lunatics on the internet!

klaus
klaus

Government officials are not respected because they lie and steal. everything the government says is for their own benefit. they have lost the trust of most thinking americans. The main stream media is nothing more than a propaganda machine for the corrupt government we have. Just like Goebbels did for the Nazi’s. Its like Herman Goering said, “its good for us rulers that the common man doesn’t think. Wake up.

pablito
pablito

information is not knowledge and truth is not wisdom, therefore it’s dissemination should be restricted to those within the circled walls of power. We don’t want people to get upset or scared, so we need to keep a lid on things, until we can figure out what to do next.

btw
I find accredited commentators much more believable than accredited writers, that is why I want to be one, when I grow up.

klaus
klaus

Knowledge and truth applied is wisdom.

Fanakapan
Fanakapan

It aint the ‘Alternative’ media thats the problem, its the fact that the idea that you dont need money to play at the table has taken hold. Thats led to every Kook and his wife getting the idea that they ought to be listened to.

Just as in the old days when some form skin in the game had to demonstrated before being able to vote, today the system is weighted towards those who stand to lose if everything goes pear shaped. Thats the way it ought to be, it saves Everybody from the results of policy enacted on the whims of those who dont have a pot to piss in, and next week will be shouting the opposite from what was their ‘Must Have’ of this 🙂

Karl Kolchak

Oh please–one huge reason that “alternative” media is on the rise is because your so called “respected media outlets,” have repeatedly proven to be nothing more than propaganda organs for the wealthy and powerful. Witness how the media sold Iraq War to American public, and gleefully helped torpedo Bernie Sanders as just two of many, many sad examples. Add to that the media’s obsession with vacuous celebrities, which among other things greatly helped fuel the rise of Donald Trump.

It has come to the point where whenever I see a story on CNN or MSNBC, I automatically assume that there is hidden agenda pushing how the story is slanted or the fact that it is even being reported at all.

Sgt. Oddball
Sgt. Oddball

An excellent example of exactly this kind of filth is the infamous so-called ‘financial blog’, Zero Hedge: – a trashy screed-site, written by a paranoiac loner basement-dweller who is delusional and firmly believes himself to be a successful Wall St. trader (Stockholm Syndrome/Transference, perhaps?…).

Zero Hedge trades on an affected, ‘edgy’, ‘fight-club’ ‘kudos’ (no, seriously!), and peddles tabloid, sub-InfoWars level clickbait drivel, guaranteed to appeal to exactly the sort of simple-minded, foaming-at-the-mouth ‘Libertard’/’prepper’/’MGTOW’ types you so acurately describe in your post MDB.

I’m not prone to violence but that ‘Tyler Durden’ jerk *seriously* wants shooting through *both* lungs, JMHO.

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