Thursday, March 3, 2011

"Just because you're paranoid...

...don't mean I'm not after you."

Ahh, the truth sounds so simple when it's sung. Thank you Mr. Cobain.

Newsflash: Rolling Stone are nothing more than a bunch of corporate shills tap-dancing to the tune of the elitists that control the media in this country.

Yesterday Rolling Stone came out with an article titled:
Meet Alex Jones, the Talk Radio Host Behind Charlie Sheen's Crazy Rants: The most paranoid man in America is trying to overthrow the 'global Stasi Borg state,' one conspiracy theory at a time

It would appear that in the wake of the tornado frenzy media circus surrounding Charlie Sheen that Alex Jones, long time friend of Sheen's who frequently would have Sheen as a guest on his daily radio show, has been swept up in the mania.

Rolling Stone isn't the only media outline shining a little light on Jones. If you haven't seen it go check out the video clip of Alex chatting with the lovely ladies of The View. I haven't seen Baba Wawa with such a constipated look on her face since I was in grade school. Brilliant.

But back to Rolling Stone. I remember a time when that magazine had integrity, to an extent at least. I'll be the first to admit that Alex Jones may have a tendency to take the ball and run with it like Forrest Gump steaming back to the locker room mid-game, but on the same page he makes some very valid remarks, and is very well researched and supported.

To so offhandedly cast aside his value to society with this printed attack against the integrity of his program is worse than irresponsible. While most people today realize Rolling Stone to be the bubble-gum pop marketing tool that it is (see last months cover with Justin Bieber sporting a Clash-esque punk rock leather jacket - I'd post it here but I'm not exaggerating when I say I almost spilled the contents of my stomach the last time I saw it), many members of the younger population in their formative years still take stock in its stories due to the reputation it still carries in some small way from the days of Hunter S. Thompson's time with the publication.

To me, the fact of the matter is that while Jones may come off as eccentric and paranoid, I honestly think that those are two of the most undervalued virtues in our society today. In the words of William S. Burroughs, "Sometimes paranoia is just having all the facts." And since when has eccentricity been a bad thing? I thought this country put stock in individuality!

I'm not going to tell you to believe everything Alex Jones says. And I'm not going to tell you that he is a paranoid wing-nut screaming in the wind, either. I want you to expose yourself to what Alex is really saying. And then, take the time to research some of the things he's talking about on your own time. And then, draw your own fucking conclusions. That's the important thing here.

You know, when Martin Luther first left the Catholic Church to start the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century, one of his 95 Theses that was nailed to the doors of his local church, along with complaints surrounding the ineffability of the pope and the practice of plenary indulgence, was that the sermons and bible readings were spoken in Latin. Many of the common folk in Germany, and most other European countries, had only the barest knowledge of Latin, maybe a word or two here and there. As such, they relied on the priests to translate and disseminate the teachings of the bible without being able to personally examine the text and make any sense of it. This made it rather simple for corrupt members of the clergy to make minor changes in the messages over the centuries to the point that one of the results was a hard-held belief that one could get into heaven with nothing more than a heavy purse and a freely giving hand to the church. Martin Luther's advocacy for the church to begin adjusting to spreading the word in the native tongue of the locals was one of his beliefs that ended with his excommunication.

I may not believe or agree with all of Luther's thoughts, or his theology, but god damn do I love the idea of allowing the people to decide for themselves. And in a big way I see a lot of parallels between Luther's battle against the monolithic Catholic Church and Jones' battle against the information monopoly that is worked by the media giants of our country. Take time to listen to what the man has to say before you grab your torches and pitchforks.

Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me

Thank you, and goodnight.

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