In order: the first pot is defined by the mega-media, the global corporate giants for whom communication is an enterprise. The giants, for whom wealth is the bottom line, only embrace a small group of boring voices who live in two metropolitan areas (DC and New York) and who perseverate the same thing—no matter how dull, jaded, titled, distorted, wrong, furious, or biased by ideology and thick headedness.
Their prime shamelessness is they ignore evidence and narrow the world. China, for example, is discussed as a sound bite and a video slide and the whole country of steppes and plateaus, coastal and mountain regions, tropic and arctic zones, cities and vast rural plains that are the heart of Asia and that struggle with the shift to a single national language is turned by pundits and corporate production teams into a single, very large grouping stripped of dynamics and lifted out of reality: the recent market crash was due to “China” and its “economy”–because China’s demand for commodities slowed and caused prices to fall. A country largely dependent on exports was experiencing a slow down in its demand—but by the pundits, it was China’s fault that the collective economies to which it exports were slowing down and buying less.
And the biggest impact on commodity pricing is not China’s slowdown, but the drastic drop in the global pricing of oil. Cheap oil is better for consumers and cars, but it shrinks global economies by reducing revenues and incentives for growth and narrowing corporate margins.
The $100 billion global plastic recycling is experiencing a direct hit. Recycled plastics lose their advantage and leverage when new (“virgin”) plastics are comparative in price. Made from oil, the sustained drop in global spot pricing has helped new plastics displace recycled products from the market.
Global change seldom reflects a single source. Rather than offer a complex truth which also makes for great stories, the cooks and caretakers of the mega-pot keep the lid on, and are famous for their reductions.
The second pot is the pot of fish oil and alchemy: projecting slick fantasies, thousands of voices like mine are pointed to as an endorsement of the new technology and options brought to the conversation by the worldwide web. These thousands of voices are taken as solid affirmation of the magic of the internet. Not only has the web advanced the ways we reach out, it has also leveled the playing field. Everyone can be heard! As proof, mainstream media shows occasionally display a twitter post or recommend you “join the conversation” on Facebook. Local stations remind you to do so in their ads. You can be heard; but no one is listening. Waiting for you is a slow suffocation of your ideas by parasitic trolls.
The third pot is made from clay thrown by your own hands; posts which are fired and dried for your own satisfaction, that sit proudly online. Millions of sites reflect personal tastes—and skirt the wider conversations of engagement. The environment, local schools, traffic, plans for growth are not a part of the body politic of these sites, unless they are geared to anchoring local peeves about persistent local problems.
These anchoring sites have loyal followings, but often have little influence. Politics is about influence and power, making change and making money; the internet and web are tools without value assigned and zero global pricing for its platforms. Despite its reach, the internet generates little revenue for the farmer in Kenya; its value is assigned only to the service provider and not to users themselves.
This huge imbalance breaks with tradition. Think real estate: imagine office leased and rents paid, but the hundreds of workers using the space were not able to generate revenue or build commerce or create value for the market place.
In 2013, Yahoo brought Tumblr for $1.3 billion; the company was completely unprofitable and had less than 200 employees and made nothing; it simply operated a host site for pictures, including pornographic works Once again, the narrative of the internet diverged and separated from the facts.
Across the country, interesting, unique, insightful, colorful local voices are consigned to the web where their readership has little influence despite their fire and intelligence, and where the writings are shared in a small circle but seldom gains traction and rarely makes any money.
Its time to take the lids off! B’rer Rabbit had a home in the briar patch, but today’s internet is a hostile environment. I am a heavy user, a daily digital writer who loves ideas; who enjoys community and has a moral passion for progress, but more and more, (as I review Huckabee, Jeb, and others!) the bright narrative being put forth about the internet’s magic veils that when it comes to progress, much of what is being extolled is a immoral waste of time.
On the Trans-Pacific Partnership: In the present era, no country can force another into a single camp without the threat or use of force; too often the Russian method. The fear here of the TPP is not in geo-confrontations with China or battles over hegemony, or in extending capitalist structures (mainly, factories and consumer markets; finance in Singapore and Tokyo) to exploit workers–but in assigning corporations the right to challenge government decisions about in-country taxes, legislation, and regulation in courts that could decide against the country’s sovereign intent.
It puts public governments policy and private corporations strategy on the same level, with address of the potential, not actual, injury possible by only one party–the corporation!
This is the Elizabeth Warren objection. One the President has never fully addressed and nor have members of his Administration clarified or explained how the TPP expands corporate power or its effects on sovereignty.