You all know that we're considered freaks, right?
Sarah Palin, in between promising to help our allies in West Korea in their battle against Narnia, would criminalise you if she could.
Meanwhile, the achingly trendy urban atheists of North London or Manhattan would smugly smile at our practices the way we smile at someone else's child's finger painting.
Well, fuck them.
Their world is collapsing. Their emperor has no clothes.
Here are some fun things I learned in the last week or so:
- Coca has been chewed in South America for 8000 years. For those who are counting, that's longer than civilisation is supposed to have existed in South America. That's also the same substance that shows up in trace amounts in the mummified remains of Egyptian kings. Who have been dead for four thousand years.
- An ancient mega-lake has been found in Egypt. Discovered complete with archaeological sites around its former rim. Maybe now we can reintroduce the absolutely indisputable geological age of the Sphinx. (It has severe water erosion. That makes it extremely old.)
- Oh yeah, and diplomats like to talk to each other about sustained alien contact. Can't wait to see how that turns out.
I'm not in the least bit interested in whether you think this alleged albino rapist from regional Australia is justified in his actions or not because it really doesn't matter. You opinion means nothing because the pale, rapey-looking cat is out of the bag. Call it creative destruction. There is no coming back from this. As of now, the world has permanently changed because the idea that you can leak truths that destroy lies will occur to everyone. Whenever there is a disgruntled employee or a conscientious objector within a brutal government or an evil corporation, he or she will know that this is an option now. The terror of which will permanently change our large institutions -ultimately for the better.
That's where I sit. I don't mind secrets. But I fucking hate lies.
And I'm not alone. There was something so breathtaking about a bunch of internet nobodies like us taking down Mastercard because they weren't willing to put up with their arbitrary corporate behaviour. We have voices now. (Or rather we have always had them, we just haven't self-organised in such a way before.)
So I'm pro-wikileaks because I am pro press freedom. (Pause to enjoy the spectacular irony of this statement about press freedom from the US Department of State.) I also find it unbelievably galling that governments will claim that the site has put lives at risk simply because it exposes some of the real reasons we are in wars that these governments fucking started in the first place. That's like saying you caused 9/11 because you watched it on someone else's TV. Besides, I find it difficult to assess where the additional security threat is in the discovery that Texan contractors pimped out small boys to their Afghan thugs.
Well, Palin -once again showcasinging a truly magnificent display of geographical understanding (will someone please buy that cousinfucker a map?)- has accused Assange of "treason" despite the fact he is not an American citizen. Maybe the fact that she hasn't lived "next door" to Australia like she has to Russia is confusing her? Her solution is that he should be hunted down like Bin Laden. (So that means he's safe for at least a decade, then, yeah?)
Where is this rant going?
Let me tell you a little secret about me. It deals with my motivation. It sheds a light on why I chose media -and specifically news/factual media- as a career. The sublime -dare I say sacred- role of news media is to prevent power from moving in the dark. I am intoxicated by this idea because I know that darkness is power's natural habitat. Power is inherently nocturnal.
Power that tells you that magic is foolish. Power that tells you that Atlantis is a lie rather than a memory. Power that tells you that belief in UFOs is stupid. Power that says you are stupid for all these reasons and more.
Well check us out now. From out of nowhere comes a Bond villain -the first of many- to shine great big halogen lights in the habitat of power.
In the space of a week or so we'll have aliens, a genuinely ancient beginning for Egyptian/magical civilisation, chemical evidence of a global diaspora of ancient people four thousand years ago... And proof that you can tell when your elected leaders are lying by the simple fact that their lips are moving.
So tune up those fiddles, my beautiful brothers and sisters of the fringe. Our world just became permanently more interesting. And soon it will be our turn to be smug and condescending.