There’s a reason why I refer to the world in which we currently live as “the matrix” and it’s not because I believe that we’re all avatars living in some digital universe… well, some of us on social media may believe that, but they’re the kind of people who believe they have “natural immunity” to covid 19 without having ever contracted it . No. It’s because in this world, but more specifically, the United Kingdom, the media (mainstream of course) has created a world of illusions, which are crafted by daft journalists from incoherent narratives and endless opinion polls on “voting intentions”, all of which are intended to manipulate or deceive the public. The people who create these illusions, naturally, deny that’s their role.
On this morning’s edition of the weekly arse-kissing fest that’s the Andrew Marr Show on BBC1, Helen Lewis, who was reviewing the papers with someone from The S*n, inadvertently let the cat out of the bag by opining that the “sleaze” scandal currently engulfing the government had, apparently “run out of steam”. Lewis, formerly of the New Statesman and now employed by The Atlantic, then proceeded to tell Andy Marr about how her profession creates narratives. So, there it was, the truth, coughed up like some mental fur ball. Turn away from the telly for a moment and you’d have missed it.
The “sleaze” scandal will only “run its course” when the media decides they’ve had enough of running stories of political corruption and grift, and returns to bashing its favourite all-purpose bogeyman, Jeremy Corbyn, who is apparently responsible for all manner of evils plaguing contemporary Britain. Add to this, the endlessly recycled World War Two rhetoric, and you have a country in which many of its citizens are unable to separate reality from the fantastic narratives created by a media that wouldn’t know a true story from a fairy story. It’s a land of make believe in which people ride unicorns and warm themselves on the sunlit uplands created by Brexit enthusiasts, many of whom have stashed their wealth offshore and have secured a bolt hole far away from this shit hole country.
Alternatively, we can expect more stories about “migrant invasions” brought to us by the BBC’s Simon Racist atop the White Cliffs of Dover, to divert the public’s attention away from corrupt politicians, crumbling infrastructure and structural inequalities.
Welcome to the Land of Make Believe.