Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all! Admittedly not above the radar, I have been quite feverish. By the time you read this, I’ll be in situ at the inaugural Content Creators Coalition meeting on the west coast with plenty to contribute and observe in the discussion of copyfight and artists’ rights. Here’s a snappy little video selfie that I made for the Copyright Alliance ‘Art Matters’ and the #iRespectMusic campaigns.
I guess my big news is that I am publishing an iBook by an author who has keenly observed events of the past year and I’m gauging interest in preview material. The ebook, Truth Vs Reality, will be released this spring.
It’s an interactive project, so I need appx 2 dozen UN observers monitoring social media for a known group of conspirators who, by now quite familiar to me, have targeted my livelihood and reputation. I will provide the dossier on those involved in this smear campaign and the preview material will provide ample background for the purpose of the effort. Hit me back if you’re interested in participating.
With that in mind, I can cautiously announce plans for a UK tour in October and a US tour in November. And any who are in the LA area are invited to come down to Viva Cantina in Burbank on April 3 for their monthly Western Music Association jam. My favorite intellectual property rights lawyer, Greg Victoroff, will be swinging the brushes and I heard rumors that a delightful singer named Vivienne Dominguez sits in on a few songs! Orale!
Otherwise, it’s been a plethora of self-improvement projects; Jedi classes with Master Guo have incepted the first 15 Chen Taiji moves; a former Stockhausen disciple has infused piano chords into my fingertips with minimal catechism, and a wonderful senora in Pasadena has me conjugating verbos and splitting infinitivos en espanol. Me gusta mucho!
TRUTH VS REALITY
BY PERRIN BLACKMAN
This is not a story about Michelle Shocked. This is a story about a leviathan. This is a story about click-happy consumers who have become the by-product, and of thought leaders who operate with paid and unpaid legions of enforcers that we might as well call “thought police.”
This is a story about hate. Not H8.
It isn’t pretty. But it sells! How we love getting caught in the current of righteous indignation! Get caught in that current and faster than you can fathom, you’ll find yourself front page news.
The underlying message: Keep your head down.
The darker message: This isn’t limited to red states or blue states. Media content is filtered for all but the most glaring and blaring statements. Subtlety and nuance lost, critical thinking is the casualty unless you’re willing to actively and doggedly pursue every suspicious fact you are fed.
Like pre-cooked meals, anger (and fear) sells. Packaged and processed, news is now sold a la carte. This is a business model that ensures profits for NOH8 campaigns. And HATE campaigns.
How? By registering your likes and dislikes, but mostly, by harvesting your clicks. Anger feeds this monster and daily fuels the click-machine. “A click is a click,” Ryan Holiday explains in “Trust Me, I’m Lying.” It doesn’t matter whether you clicked on a well-researched story or a sensational headline that asks, “Is Barack Obama Gay?” Even when the answer is, “of course not, silly,” it doesn’t matter because… you clicked. And hopefully you shared the story as well.
As for this story, while I am using continue