The Guardian: Jim Waterson and Peter Walker: ‘Propaganda of privilege’: how Labour went to war with the media

It’s interesting that they give Theresa May the last word. She summons up the mythic notion of the media as an impartial force, speaking truth to power, the “bedrock of our democracy”. The media has and will always be the “propaganda of privilege”. The media chooses what we discussed, how that discussion is framed, and who has the last word. Having the last word is important. It bestows authority, allowing the comments to sit with an audience, letting that point of view be the “truth”. The notion that the media speaks truth to power is laughable. The media speaks truth to like minded people. It is nothing more than the post-show show, a propaganda vehicle for the main attraction. The media is to power what Big Brother’s Bit on the Side is to Big Brother, a fluffer on the set of a porno, there to keep the actors aroused.


The Atlantic: What Can People Do to Get Better at Learning?

Key concept for me is that we need to nurture our curiosity, and get “comfortable with struggle in learning”.

When gut bacteria change brain function

Interesting story by David Kohn in The Atlantic has me thinking, idea for a film?

It could be a “House MD” style medical detective story. A patient’s behaviour suddenly changes, presenting with what looks like autism, but they’re fifty. Test after test leave the team stumped, until they discover a recent trip abroad introduced an unfamiliar bacteria to the patients gut.

The happy ending version of this story has the team introducing healthy bacteria, restoring the patient to full health.

There’s also a “Lorenzo’s Oil” type story in there. Parents struggle to raise their child with severe behavioural problems. Setting out on a mission to help their child, they take on experts, challenge orthodoxy, and discover an imbalance of bacteria in their child is causing the problem.

I could also see this premise being more sinister. A pandemic story. Our germaphobic heroine starts to see the people around her change, congregating like bees in a hive, as the bacteria spreads. Our heroine hooks up with a small group trying to evade this new “normal”, and find a way to fight back. I envision something more akin to “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” than “28 Days Later”. It has the potential to explore issues of power and control and normalisation.

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