If you watch mainstream news, you might not even have heard about the recent rioting in Brazil. In short, the Brazilian economy has been in big trouble for many months, and while the people witness their purchasing power decrease, they have begun to get very angry.
At last, they have begun to revolt against their own government. While this ought to be hailed as a good thing, and at minimum a step in the right direction, Zerohedge takes a different tone. A tone that tends to mock those seeking freedom.
The following comes from a recent Zerohedge article:
“…said Christopher Garman, the half-Brazilian head of country analysis at political consulting company Eurasia Group in Washington. “The notion that a new government can easily turn the corner on this crisis is overstated.”
First off, who is this guy, and why do we care about his opinion? What vested interest might Eurasia Group have in this ordeal?
And second, what are Brazilians supposed to do, just take it lying down? “All this revolting business is absurd, people must learn to be looted and like it”. Who said the corner could ever be easily turned, anyway? It’s not easy. But it would be a lot easier if people shed their slave mentalities and wanted to fight the powers that be instead of each other.
The criticisms leveled against certain alternative media sources such as Zerohedge can be substantiated in some ways. For example, the whole “pessimism” complaint. Articles like this do in fact conform to that criticism, since the overall tone denotes a sense of helplessness. Any potential solution gets ridiculed to no end. Resistance is futile.
Overall, while alternative news focuses more on obscured topics of importance, it also seeks to put its victims in a state of psychological fear and helplessness. All this while the mainstream media does the converse: focusing on mainstream topics of little importance, while seeking to put its victims in a state of distraction, apathy, and of course, fear (albeit a more mild variety than that of fire & brimstone, doom & gloom media).
Then you have those who blur the lines between mainstream and alternative. Take Michael Snyder of theeconomiccollapseblog.com, for example. He warns people of what’s really going on in the global economic & financial system. His website has become very popular, and profitable.
According to himself, Michael Snyder was just an average law school graduate in D.C. before he took up blogging full-time and began to make a living at it. He now lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and children.
He truly can be considered a modern American success story. I hope this website one day achieves a tenth of the popularity and traffic that theeconomiccollapseblog.com does. Maybe one day he will let me write a guest post for his blog.