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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Op/Ed: Why Independent Underground is Closing Down: Michigan's Cognitive Dissonance Effect

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It's been less than 24 hours and emails, phone calls and messages fill the chain ways of communication methods asking:
"Why is Independent Underground closing down?"
Amazing it takes what has been a train locomoting for the past six months towards an abrupt stop --  ignored by many while enjoying the ride for free -- for some to wake up. Nothing can survive free forever including the soon-to-be-former news, information and commentary resource of IUNT, now ending December 1, 2014.

Starting 2014 a little publicly known matrix was formed highlighting a strategic contingency plan for IUNT. It called for if IUNT not monetary stable year end, the business would fold.

However, going gently into the night was not the style of IUNT without a fight. Thus determining the loyalty of on a statistical basis, the "fans" listening to the podcast Independent Underground Radio LIVE (IURL) and reading IUNT was important.

The open question: Would individuals be willing to support monetary by regular donations or contributions what was received after much blood, sweat and tears on the back in, for free?

As a recipient of an degree, a Masters of Business Administration M.B.A., better known as the Corporate Capitalist degree; a misconceived notion of defining the odds was forged in the periled belief the People would support not just by words but monetary revenue - an ideology they believed in.

The stark Reality proved less than twenty individuals put their money where their social media mouths were and contributed to keep IUNT afloat in 2014.

Cognitive Dissonance according to psychologist Leon Festinger stands for holding:
"Many cognitions about the world and ourselves; when they clash, a discrepancy is evoked, resulting in a state of tension known as cognitive dissonance. As the experience of dissonance is unpleasant, we are motivated to reduce or eliminate it, and achieve consonance."
In simple terms, individuals can and often do boast many beliefs about our society, culture, norms and economic conditions. However, when it comes to supporting actions and/or causes aligning with our beliefs, conflicts based on will, determination, want or actual follow-though occurs.

Ironically, the 'Powers That Be' (PTB) fail on their behalf to suffer the same fate.

In fact, by using any monetary means necessary the PTB controls our media, the narrative, nearly all elections, of course Wall Street, most communication channels, a majority of the nations' assets and anything else they so choose.

The PTB determines what will be written in newspapers or discussed on airwaves. Who will be the designated 'Leaders' of many causes by using highly effective strategic marketing techniques. Along with what would be 'pushed' in social media and more.

For instance, Comedy Central's Jessica Williams recent visit in highlighting efforts of Detroit Water Brigade was hailed as a victory on 'pushing the narrative' on a national scale. Meanwhile a litany of city residents facing shutoffs for non-payments of bills, have continued to occur at a rapid pace for at least the last year and one-half.

The reality is it took nearly eighteen months or more for The Daily Show to cover Detroit's water shutoffs. Despite these facts, the visit has been shared in social mediasphere like new news was surfaced with Ms. Williams visit and subsequent interview with race baiting Detroit News Editorial Commentary Columnist Nolan Finley.

Finley for at least the past year in series of so-called Op/Ed articles touted a clear narrative shared by PTB: Detroit's Majority Black Residents wanted 'Free Stuff.

Specifically, these residents wanted Free Water without a responsibly to pay for the H2O, like a new kind of Welfare was forged by resident fighting for an opportunity to flush down sewers bodily waste with a steady flow of water -- instead of such waste piling up elsewhere.

Yet, now post-bankruptcy, Detroit's former water department is owned lock, stock and barrel by a 'Regional Authority' made up of board members appointed by Governor Rick Snyder (R) and 'Suburban' leaders. In a dose of double irony it was Governor Snyder along with former State Treasurer now Consultant for Conway-Mackenzie Andy Dillon, whom pushed for the City to end up in Bankruptcy court in the first place.

The latter is a clear example of Cognitive Dissonance (CD), where "instant' peril and sudden 'concern' is a day late and a dollar short, The PTB not only got what they wanted, Detroit's Water and Sewer Department but much, much more.

Also the facts are, the same PTB will continue to shut off water of 'certain' residents they perceive want 'Free Stuff' anytime they so choose.

In other words: Nothing has changed.

Wrapping our heads at IUNT around the CD reality was not an easy. Yet, Michigan's November 4th Election results definitely helped.

Where again by either a will or want, or others by a complete and utter lack of participation -- affirmed not only Governor Rick Snyder's re-election but increased Republican majorities in the State Legislative Chambers, kept a GOP lock on the Attorney General, Secretary of State and Supreme Court positions. 

Which leads to a future that not pretty in the least for what some call the "Blue" leaning state of Michigan due to another CD effect --- unlikely to be fixed for decades on end.

To be Frank: The PTB are winning in power, structure and message.

They understand that when waters are most turbulent, many individuals will jump ship instead of standing behind the any conviction expressed by so-called words. IUNT stood behind our convictions of words since 2010 and tried to lead a change. We failed and must move on as a result.

As the so-called "Blue" state political party leadership continues to live in bygone era matrix where economic prosperity meant how many union jobs are created to fund the coffers of their Political Party operations. Along with on the back in Political Party Leadership 'secretly' laying down in hay with the same PTB sheep working to maintain a periled vision status quo, while suppressing needs of the masses. 

In this reality, there can be no winners in Michigan unless one controls the purse strings; or the People stop partaking in ultimate time waster of social media -- and start doing things instead.

What does the future hold for IUNT heartbeat, it's writers?

A move out of Michigan is on the likely horizon as the problems in this state will take more time and effort to repair than our will to remain living here  - wants to experience. Furthermore, reformatting the podcast over in the next six months and bring it back is a likely opinion. However politics and all things associated et. al., will be the last thing discussed -- if ever on the new podcast.

Finally, the metaphor "If one can't beat them, join them" take ever more importance as wasting the M.B.A. is not an option. At least for the folks that secretly wanted our Independent voice OUT of POLITICS -- you have achieved your wish.

Until we meet again.....

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1 comment :

Monica RW said...

Saw this post and finished reading it. Sorry to hear you r shutting down. Sorry that I never heard of it before. I just started listening to podcasts a few months ago and enjoyed it. You're right on all counts. As for the contributions, I, Myself, used to give to a dozen organizations $5-10 ea; but, that was 2 yrs ago. Since then, Snyder has conveniently made it so us seniors on fixed low incomes are totally busted. My food stamps have been cut every Dec.. He got us good!!! I regret that b/c I KNOW how badly all our great groups (Sierra; Greenpeace; ACLU; Vets, etc) need the funds and I can' matter how I slice it...eating on the 4th week is slim now-a-days. I do whatever I can that doesn't cost $$ to support including protesting in all weather; but, that doesn't solve your problem. That's me and I'm sure others are watching their $$; but, this situation isn't good for any of us. We need independent news; so, I hope that you will start up again. Things are moving to next level and we need to know what the status of our efforts are. No media will tell us how many arrests and where the protests are nor the status of them. No media covers IdleNoMore or Sierra or any of it. I hope we get true underground news ...we will need Order. Thanks and Best to you and your family!!

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