Think what we have here in 2015 is a new situation of increased awareness by more and more people.
When I began blogging in 2006, that followed blogreading since 2003, pretty much the beginning of wide readership of such things.
The major topics over here then were EU Out and English parliament and the MSM had begun to badmouth bloggers in the Times and other rags. Separately from each other, Brian Gerrish, some other names began on Common Purpose [I was a bit later in 2007], plus the NAU, as well as the usual middle-east output.
There were not all that many tackling Them, as in the Black Nobility, the old money, Tavistock, round tables, C300 but by the accession of Obama, it was certainly being covered, mainly by WND in America. Alex Jones had started and John Coleman began to be heard.
The climate scam exposure had always been muttered about but really got into its stride around 2007/8, mainly through Watts-Up – it’s fair to say that 2006 to about 2008 was the golden era for political blogging, it seemed everyone was into it.
Facebook had been for a while, Twitter started hitting its straps, other social media for the kiddies, such as Tumblr.
Some of us had had the goods on the Muslims back in 2002, telling my mate in Russia the US were never going to leave Iraq by 2003 without going somewhere else in the middle-east, oil being the reason most were blogging about at the time but I kept pointing to Them and the “war of civilizations” – sources such as Svali began to surface.
Peak oil was a major topic back then.
I can’t say a majority have finally tumbled to Them but expressed in terms of global socialism, it was easier to buy and many started blogging on Agenda 21, Monsanto etc. The banksters, Exxon etc. had always been blogged on.
2007 was when I lost almost all my Tory friends by slamming Cameron from Day 1 and those people, now they can see what Cameron is like, would never come back and admit they had the man wrong, nor do I expect it. Many Tories are still under Cameron’s spell.
As more and more material hit the internet, mainly through Wikipedia, so names popped up who had also been following all these things even earlier. Martin of Ironies Too for example. Now we were able to draw some of these threads together, make contact, share.
To this point, everyone on this side of vaguely libertarian, anti-Them, non-left politics basically got along but now we had the rise of the prima donna blogger, heavily into traffic to his site, only linking now to the major bloggers because there was kudos to maintain, one had to be seen to be hobnobbing with the wheelers and dealers. Everyone claimed acquaintance with Guido and Iain Dale.
This bignoting, wanting to be The One, was getting in the way – no one would work together or share, all wanted their own blogs to be the posters of scoops. This dismaying turn showed through in many ways, here were three:
1. Before the 2010 GE over here, we tried to get Albion Alliance off the ground and at least made it to the point of being put down by Hain and dismissed by Tebbit, as against mainly UKIP MPs responding but the most disappointing thing was that everyone seemed to be starting things up themselves, ignoring what others had been doing in the field and so thrusts like ours were doomed, as were theirs of course.
2. There was a very public falling out in the English nationalist area where Toque, the one who had been there from the start and had started some fine initiatives, had an issue with someone called Uncles and that was the end of the English nationalist togetherness. Everyone was trying to be the “leader” of the movement, which was categorically NOT, despite any appearances, my aim. My aim was that we all work together to topple our targets.
3. Then we had the ridiculous falling out between the Richard North EU Out and other EU Out movements, e.g. UKIP. Each was trying to be The One, The Authority, The Beloved Leader and I for one became sick to death of it. Too many bigheads, no one willing to allow any other “name” a voice, for fear it might eclipse him.
Contrast that with the real enemy whom you can see even in America’s plunge into debt yesterday. I’d been getting things from Americans for Limited Government for some days and it did look bad. And as William Jenner had said in 1954, they were highly organized.
We’re a bunch of amateurs by contrast.
The most important people at blogs are the readers, if they’re intelligent and not trolling for it is they who go from blog to blog like honeybees, picking up nectar and depositing it on other blogs. Most bloggers who work have just enough time for their own blogging plus visiting about 8 to 10 sites – it’s up to readers to mention where something has been said elsewhere.
For example, our own reader Behind the Veil commented on the new debt in America, Obama’s legacy he leaves behind:
I understand the spending bill is pork barrel politics at its finest. One wonders if it contains gems like the relief package created after one their large hurricanes which included bungs for senators in states totally unaffected by it and schemes that had nothing to do with natural disaster clear up.
I had offered this:
All bloggers worth their salt should be blogging on that far and wide, linking to everyone else. We can only ever overcome something by massive dissemination of information, the virtual Samizdat.
It can be said that I’m just as guilty of this insularity in not visiting blogs like John Ward or Raccoon, A, but that’s because of their own past actions. As you see below, should others mention things they have discovered, it will still make it into print.
One of our own, Rossa, has been exploring today and found “more about the US/Saudi relationship. This time in a mainstream magazine. Makes a change as this sort of thing is usually suppressed:
Picked it up from a link a commenter on the Slog gave:”
The blogger, the readers, the commenter. Sure you understand, the value of the commenter often surpasses that of the blogger. There was a piece on a scale model of the B17 the other day at my place and by the time commenters had finished, I’d say we all had a pretty good handle on what the issues were. Not political but same principle.
Worries? The global thrust, the march to war, GCHQ and the desire to shut down political comment, which is why we must not fall out with each other, ignore one another, the sources of Samizdat must stay alive and Radio Carolining. Just have this feeling it’s going to gbe increasingly important so to do in the next few years either side of 2020.
Finally, a salutary tale on what is “good” sharing and what is not so good. In El Reg, via haiku:
In a sign that the internet is indeed the end of all good and rational thoughts, The Washington Post has thrown in the towel on its “What was fake on the Internet this week” column.
In what it said would be its final column Friday, columnist Caitlin Dewey revealed that, as with many things online these days, the internet has out-crazied the crazy.
Now, with the boom in social media, Facebook likes, and a general sense that society has given up altogether in even caring if something is true so long as it’s shareable, there is no place for a column that says “this here is utter nonsense.”