The Revolution will not be MSM’d, but SMS’d (or maybe blogged)

For too long the mainstream media and mainstream politicians have failed to address the nation make or break issues of multiculturalism and immigration.

From this, millions worldwide are increasingly gaining a voice by taking the media into their own hands and setting up weblogs or using Short Message Service (SMS) to reach thousands on their cell phones.

The riots triggered in France by Islamic youths this October utilized both methods. More recently, though, SMS was used to encourage and coordinate the riots across Australia.

Last month, when the riots roared to their height in France many noticed a "media blackout." According to MediaGuardian:

One of France's leading TV news executives has admitted censoring his coverage of the riots in the country for fear of encouraging support for far-right politicians.

Jean-Claude Dassier, the director general of the rolling news service LCI, said the prominence given to the rioters on international news networks had been "excessive" and could even be fanning the flames of the violence.

Mr Dassier said his own channel, which is owned by the private broadcaster TF1, recently decided not to show footage of burning cars.

"Politics in France is heading to the right and I don't want rightwing politicians back in second, or even first place because we showed burning cars on television," Mr Dassier told an audience of broadcasters at the News Xchange conference in Amsterdam today.

The riots were even downplayed here in the United States. Billionaire Saudi Prince al-Walid bin Talal – a shareholder in Fox News – claims he "persuaded network chief Rupert Murdoch to change a screen banner during a broadcast that identified the recent unrest in France as "Muslim riots."

Middle East Online has the story:

He said that during last month's street protests in France, the US television network Fox -- owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation in which Al-Walid himself has shares -- ran a banner saying: "Muslim riots."

"I picked up the phone and called Murdoch... (and told him) these are not Muslim riots, these are riots out of poverty," he said.
"Within 30 minutes, the title was changed from Muslim riots to civil riots."

Now this month in Australia the situation parallels that of France, except it's as Mark Steyn described: "non-Muslim women are hectored and insulted in the streets of both Clichy-sous-Bois and Brighton-le-Sands. The only difference is that, in Oz, the "white youths" decided to have a go back."

SMS's allowed for thousands of Australian youths to network and orchestrate this month's riots. Some text messages even spread into New Zealand.

Unjustified violence occurred in each riot. But, the solid fact remains: integration with the immigrant community in both France and Australia has not happened properly. Both the media and the politicians failed to address this. Therefore, many citizens felt the social elite were "out of touch" with reality. As long as this continues, we will continue to see the rise of low cost technological methods that the average person can utilize to keep thousands of people "in touch" with reality. Gil Scott-Heron proves correct in his prediction. The revolution will not be televised, but broadcast through blogs, SMS's, podcasts, and more.

Posted by Mike Tate at December 22, 2005 8:22 AM