[“Nothing is Real”; live CNN coverage, 1991 Gulf ] as a thread mostly discusses mass media coverage as (too often) one-sided propaganda on behalf of a political view. CNN in particular is cited as supporting a “neoliberal” or extreme left wing position. That extreme left advocacy has also been ironically classified as “fascism” in its own right, contrasting the traditional extreme right definition but sharing its fanaticism.
Much like Hollywood reflects our social fabric, mass media reflects our politics and both integrate and influence our culture – intentionally. So does government. None of these institutions are entirely virtuous, politically objective or sanctuaries of truth. In fact we all know, especially as conspiracy spotters, they all fabricate, distort and manipulate their presentations to the public to support their view.
It is easy to thus declare, “Nothing is real” since much of it is composed of lies.
Unfortunately, that is also human nature. Our institutions reflect ourselves.
Even on a micro level versus macro, this forum is also a gathering of factions, alliances and diverse social, political and cultural perspectives. Like the larger world, the opinion leaders exert influence to dominate the discussion and have their views prevail, while minority voices get outnumbered, criticized and isolated. In some cases the unpopular opinions and opposition practitioners get banned.
Being a moderator in this continuous conflict is an admittedly thankless job. But it requires a level of group trust to enforce the rules fairly, with less subjectivity and personal bias. Even the rules themselves are not self-explanatory, and require interpretation and even-handed application. It’s a tough call and a harder role.
I’ve argued with the moderators and members openly and behind the scenes when I see what appears to be unfair application of moderator powers. Like media, government and society, group pressure forms factions and position compliance.
In my view Jerky was banned without just cause. Profanity occurs everywhere in this forum, even in thread titles like, “Fuck Obama”. 82-28 likes to use the word “shit”. In any thread on RI we can easily find swear words and vulgarities. Just like larger society and discourse everywhere, especially when strong emotions rise.
“Argument in bad faith” is a subjective call, not an objective classification or style.
“Gang stalking” like “bully bandwagon” is a perception, especially by the person victimized, while the accused group only see themselves as individuals opining.
Realizing, “nothing is real” except for human flaws and opinions, I advocate tolerance and empathy for the less popular members being bullied and banned. The violations of rules being cited simply don't appear in the posts being referenced.