Alternative media ... truth movement ... citizen journalists ... sounds good? Well ... we'll see about that. In this two part analysis we lay out what seems to be the true nature of alt media as a new form of propaganda - a veritable self-propaganda - ripe for internet age. The specimen we focus on are pro-regime pro-Syria activists and intellectuals and their understanding of reality as exemplified by their treatment of other historical events: in this case war in the aftermath of dissolution of Yugoslavia. We claim that the whole batch of alt media indicates to a rather sinister tendency - an attempt to erase the past; an attempt that, now that the means of virtualization are ready at hand, could just succeed.
Tagged: Slobodan Milosevic
One more of those rare "nicked posts" on Kali Tribune. As KT on occasion provides some insights on history of the war that was an aftermath of break up of Yugoslavia, it is only fitting to provide our readers with some ready references. Therefore we skip "the original content only" rule and introduce this old but still very relevant article by Marko A. Hoare on the subject of Leftist revisionism of "Yugoslavia war". If you ever asked yourself how come far Left ends up supporting people that are as far Right as it gets, here you can find, if not the straight answer, then at least abundant food for thought. Also this is very relevant for the analysis of alt media, because the arguments Hoare brings about against relatively mainstream charlatans like Chomsky, Pilger and Chossudovsky, can easily be reapplied to a plethora of alt media outlets and individuals. This is one history lesson you really shouldn't skip.
Narrative this ... narrative that. Getting kind a tiresome, isn't it? Well, Kali Tribune never tires of pointing out that narratives cannot be true or false, only tiresome or, in certain instances, dangerous. Here we'll prove this point again by dissecting probably the worst to date exposition on war in Yugoslavia (and competition is indeed strong). The author, notably starting from declarative extreme empiricist position, goes on to prove that what he sees as present was also the past. And in the process gets just about everything wrong in unintentionally comical fashion. In conclusion to the brief exposition of what actually happened in the early Nineties in this ill fated region, we point out an ominous tendency of amateur/alternative research to fit itself into quite an Orwellian mold of transforming the past into virtual reality by making it the mirror image of the present. And all of this supposedly based on "stubborn facts".
Btw. you'll also learn a Croatian word for "Boeing". Definitely not to be missed.