In a few days time, I hope to be launching an experimental new blog, which will simply be a collection of video conversations between smokers. I don’t intend to write anything in the new blog. It’ll just be smokers speaking for themselves. I’ll continue with my current blog exactly as before.
Some of the videos will just be conversations between friends. Others will be interviews. Maybe some of them will be something else altogether. Maybe a few people will make their own videos, and offer them to the new blog for inclusion in it.
The video below is a Skype interview of John Buck in Lancashire, England by Emily Wieja in Boston, Massachusetts. They’re both smokers, and they’re both smoking. It was broadcast last night on the Smoking Section by Cambridge Citizens for Smokers’ Rights. It’s very interesting, because John Buck was a relief manager for English pubs at the time the smoking ban was introduced, and he has a lot to say about that time, and all the lies they were told.
I think it’s a great interview because Emily has a whole bunch of good questions to ask, and John Buck has a whole bunch of interesting answers to those questions.
In some ways it’s an interview which prompts even more questions to be asked. Like, how did the UK hospitality industry get so comprehensively duped by Tobacco Control? How on earth did they manage it? The same question could of course also be asked of more or less the entire UK political class: How were they all duped too? And why do they still remain victims of what is an enormous confidence trick?
I think that one answer to this question is that Tobacco Control is in complete control of the mainstream media, and is able to frame the public debate in whatever way it likes. And this usually entails excluding smokers from any discussion of smoking, or only using “tame” smokers who will, for example, readily agree that smoking is bad for them. In this manner they have managed to create a false public consensus in which everyone is agreed, including most smokers, that smoking bans are a Good Thing, and we need more of them.
It seems to me that the only way round this controlled mainstream media and its fabricated consensus is to record videos of ordinary smokers speaking about their experiences of smoking bans in their lives, and posting them on the internet on YouTube or Vimeo or wherever. Because this is something the mainstream media will never do. And, in time, more and more people will begin to hear their voices. And it will begin to undermine the false mainstream consensus.
There is already a considerable war being fought, mostly in the USA, between the US “alternative” internet media and the US mainstream media. The US mainstream media has been accustomed to be able to frame the debate about US politics in any way they liked, but in last year’s presidential election they lost control of the message that was being fed to US voters to alternative online media outlets like Breitbart, Daily Caller, WND, and Infowars, among others. More and more people in the USA are taking their cue from the alternative media, which is throwing up its own set of alternative celebrities, like Alex Jones, Roger Stone, Paul Joseph Watson, Michael Savage, Rush Limbaugh, and more.
The US MSM has begun to realise that it has a big fight on its hands, and has begun to pay much more attention to the alternative media than it ever did before. So Megyn Kelly, who worked for Fox News until this year, when she moved to NBC News, launched her new show with an interview of Vladimir Putin, and has followed up with an interview of Alex Jones. She went to Russia to interview Putin, and to Austin, Texas to interview Jones. That Alex Jones was interviewed right after Vladimir Putin goes to show how important a figure he has become.
I should know, because these days I tune in most days to YouTube’s live feed of Infowars, that usually kicks off at about 5 pm UK time. And if I’m not watching that, I’m very often listening to Michael Savage (who is banned from entering Britain, thanks most likely to then Home Secretary Theresa May). And of course I never watch anything on the UK’s BBC, not even on BBC iplayer, because I would have to pay £150+ for the licence to be able to do that. Alex Jones and Michael Savage are both completely free. They’re also much more interesting, much in the way that pirate radio stations in the UK were much more interesting back in the 1960s than the anaemic BBC Light Programme.
And another feature of the alternative new online media is that its increasingly international (although almost always in the English language). This will be true of the new blog, on which I hope to have people from all over the world, defiantly drinking and smoking and talking. And maybe even eating cheeseburgers as well.