I’ve become a huge fan of the Myth of the 20th Century podcasts, and I keep on confusing their names, but have finally established that the main guy calls himself “Adam Smith” after the economist. AS is the guy I can most identify with. He has called himself a “representative of heritage America” – like me. He’s completely solid on race – he’s pro-white – and he’s solid on the Jewish Problem, but without a hint of the Hitler-fetishism that has always turned me off. He is also at the least sympathetic to 9/11 truth and perhaps even a 9/11 truther himself. (Politically, that’s all I ask of anyone.)
On one of the podcasts he mentioned he’s a fan of those “primitive technology” videos on youtube – as am I. The first series I saw was of an Aussie dude who started, literally, by banging two stones together, and after a hundred or so videos had built an entire village complete with houses, workshops, a full set of stone tools, and other such cool stuff. Other channels are by two, I guess, Indonesian? boys making some absolutely amazing stuff out of bamboo, and another with a pretty Asian woman making amazing furniture and out buildings out of bamboo using very primitive hand made tools.
For any American boy with that frontier pioneer blood in his veins, this stuff is catnip. I once knew a guy who taught middle schoolers to write fiction and he showed me a bunch of their work. Half of the stuff was basically fanfiction based on TV shows – all garbage. Maybe 10% of the boys and girls would write honestly creative stories and the top few he showed me were of kids writing what is called in anthropology “origin stories.” This includes “where we came from” (always came from somewhere else, in the distant, mythological past, to where we are now which starts ‘history’) and the invention of agriculture.
In fact, not long after my parents died, my older sister gave me a story I had written when I was about five, that my mother had kept. It was exactly and precisely an “origin story” that included all of those things. It started with my parents dying (which I cribbed from Superman, apparently) and then I discovered how to grow food, make tools, hunt animals, then moved to a village and found a wife. (All of the marriage, tribal stuff cribbed from Sunday school stories from the Old Testament.)
So this Adam Smith guy reminds me of my old college roommate. I was living with my first real girlfriend, and her girlfriend, and my other best friend was my ex-girlfriend. While I loved being surrounded by cute college girls, sometimes the estrogen was just too overpowering, so I could always hang out with my college buddy and we would drink beer, smoke weed, and talk about his major, philosophy. AS reminds me of the kind of guy I could have a beer with and spent a couple of hours discussing everything under the sun. That’s why I blog now, because while my ladyfriend is super-smart, straight-A honor student, and knows a lot of things, she is extremely feminine-minded. I have compared her to Deanna Troi of Star Trek, an “empath” and her emotional intuitions have never been wrong. But her eyes will glaze over when I start discussing technical or analytical topics. Considering I live in a state of, essentially, externally-imposed exile and semi-isolation, I can’t stop blogging because this is about the only place I can get that kind of interaction. The guys I see on a daily basis are mostly blue-collar and few are college educated. Not bad people – although a often surprising number of them are, in fact, ex-cons – and not stupid – although some of them are thick as a brick. But I can’t get the kind of conversation I got back in college or when I was a coke-snorting, model-banging aspiring yuppie on Wall Street.
AS was a typically “libertarian” type that got “red pilled.” Libertarianism – the instinct – is the “default” for American men. At my core, I’m a libertarian, although I never got into the Ayn Rand stuff nor (((Austrian Economics))) – I thought Atlas Shrugged and We The Living were good fiction, but I never identified with the characters at all. They seemed like sociopathic, anti-social ideologues. Ayn Rand Libertopianism is not at all compatible with my “libertarian instincts” and thankfully I was never autistic enough to be fully taken in by Austrian pseudoscience.
So the Myth of the 20th Century guys have a website, The American Sun, and there’s an interesting link to an article by theotherlifenow.com titled “Respectability Is Not Worth It.”
This goes over exactly what I’ve been trying to say about the 20th century era of mass electronic media – radio, TV, cinema – and how the internet has changed all that. Some good points about Joe Rogan being the “Tom Brokaw for everyone who only ever watched Brokaw because there was no producer of daily media who specialized in the unique combination of martial arts, weed, and stand-up comedy.”
I’m not really a fan of Rogan’s podcasts, although I am a HUGE fan of his old show, “News Radio” which was one of the best sitcoms in sitcom history (RIP Phil Hartman.) But Joe Rogan is *MAINSTREAM* now. Rogan’s audience is as big as anyone’s. Once the white Baby Boomers die, FOX news is over and something like the Joe Rogan Internet Network will take its place. FOX tries hard to be “cool” with stuff like Gutfeld, but he’s too much of a GOP shill and a “conservative” for anyone to care. As much as shows like Gutfeld try to be “edgy” they simply cannot stray too far off the conservatard plantation.
Same with Alex Jones, as mentioned in the article. Jones is so big that they have to censor him – he’s now utterly banned from Facebook and Instagram and they are even banning regular people linking to InfoWars.com. I hate Alex Jones precisely because he was instrumental in destroying the mainstream 9/11 Truth movement – I am 99.99% sure, in fact, he was literally paid to do that, in fact. But apparently Alex Jones is quite influential.
Someone smarter than I am needs to come up with a coherent theory of communications networks. There is the pre-history, there is the development of the printing press, mass literacy, the Reformation and the Enlightenment, then the newspapers.
But once the media become electronic things began to shift rapidly. You can actually see significant disruption caused by the telegraph especially militarily and economically. FDR became the Stalin of America because of the radio. Christianity was disenfranchised because of television more than anything.
All of these 20th century mass electronic media networks were centralized and broadcast from one central headquarters to “the masses.” The internet has changed that and the story of the 2000s-now is the attempt (somewhat but not entirely successful) at recentralizing the internet via “social media” – Facebook, Google, and Apple. Even the infrastructure is become re-centralized due to Amazon.
But they haven’t exactly won yet and we have a good opportunity to, if not exactly “take over the internet” to at least carve out our own network, technically and socially, if we put in the work.