“You shall no longer take things at second or third hand, nor look through the eyes of the dead, nor feed on the spectres in books,
You shall not look through my eyes either, nor take things from me, You shall listen to all sides and filter them from your self.” ~ Walt Whitman
By Catherine Austin Fitts
All around the world, a new media and a new generation of journalists are flourishing. The events of the last eighteen months have contributed to an ongoing shift in market share. The old media are shrieking a lot these days as they scramble to command attention. In many quarters, the shrieking is no longer working.
There are several characteristics that define the new media:
- They have a clear picture of the official reality while also framing and fleshing out reality. They understand that you have to serve people where they are, but you also need to help them manage risk – reality is essential when it comes to protecting health, time, and money.
- They address corruption, but they are more interested in solutions. They are willing to embrace the long, hard work of building a human civilization. They are excited to report on new schools and homeschooling or efforts to start local currencies. Their business model is helping people succeed.
- Many embrace the printed word – newspapers, books, magazines. They appreciate that our digital systems are deeply compromised.
- They are committed to helping people make up their own mind. They take responsibility and they encourage their readers to do the same. They appreciate that finding the truth is a journey and they share the journey with their readers.
The new media in the Netherlands is quite impressive. I have been in two gatherings of new media leaders in the last month. It is a remarkable experience to be in the midst of so much innovation and excitement. Two of the rising stars are De Andere Krant (in English, “the other newspaper”) and Café Weltschmerz who describe their guests as “anyone who has something valuable or original to say and who does not get enough attention for it.”
Journalist Elze van Hamelen covers geopolitics for De Andere Krant and publishes interviews with Café Weltschmerz. Elze has a remarkable ability to integrate intelligence from different worlds and disciplines and sort out what is real intelligence, who and what is useful, and who and what is not. This is a critical ingredient of integrity in a complex world defined by uncertainty and change and overwhelmed by propaganda and disinformation. Else came to Stavoren recently for an interview for Café Weltschmerz. Afterwards, I asked Elze to join me for the Solari Report to discuss what is happening in the new media.
What is happening is very hopeful and inspiring.
For Let’s Go to the Movies, I recommend the 1989 movie Dead Poets Society, starring Robin Williams, an inspiring movie about how teenagers can be taught how to think for themselves and value themselves.
In Money & Markets, John Titus and I will review the latest financial and geopolitical news, and what it means for the months ahead. E-mail your questions for Ask Catherine or post at the Money & Markets commentary here.
Talk to you on Thursday!
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