Sunday, February 16, 2014

Jonathan Cook on Brand versus Snow

I really love what Jonathan Cook has to say about the recent interview clash between Russell Brand and Jon Snow. Brand is certainly fit for the job of wordy Olympic athlete in dialogue and debate given his Gemini Sun and Aries moon.
It also reminds me of what goes on with the sceptic versus the spiritually orientated, when the mainstream science-minded smugness assumes the only stable and 'sensible' reality is their own and the ones who include spirit realms as a day to day common-sense reality must be a charlatan or in denial of the truth and holding delusions that should be apologised for. I love that Russell Brand won't be shamed by the old order....

Cook writes:
"The lessons of Russell Brand’s TV clash 15 February 2014 .............Russell Brand is back, with another incredible performance – and that is what it has to be, given the paradigm of debate he is forced into. This 15-minute interview with Ch4′s Jon Snow starts slowly, focusing on Brand’s efforts to change Britain’s primitive drugs laws. But it rapidly widens out into a fascinating ideological clash between the old order and the new. Again, the old order wants to discredit his argument that we should not legitimise our corrupt political systems by voting for them. The most interesting thing about these confrontations is watching Brand’s skilful manoeuvring as he refuses to allow himself to be intellectually sidetracked or cornered. It’s like watching an Olympic athlete. He has to use every skill in his considerable emotional and intellectual armoury: humour, matiness, intelligence, quick-wittedness, compassion, muted anger. So few of us have quite such a complete range of talents. This looks like hard work even for Brand. The reason is not that Snow is intellectually superior or has the better arguments; it is simply an illustration of power. Snow is representing the elite consensus, the version of reality that we are presented with day in, day out by the corporate media. Snow does not have to make his case, because his case is assumed to be the rational, sensible one. He can simply concentrate on various lines of attack. Brand, on the other hand, has both to turn complex, rarely expressed, non-intuitive arguments into soundbites and to ward off Snow’s attempts to discredit him at the same time. That is hard, exhausting work – and one senses how difficult it is even for Brand. Nonetheless he joins the ranks of the tiny number of people, like Noam Chomsky and Glenn Greenwald, who can do this against these very experienced enforcers of consensus. The treatment of Brand in this and other interviews by the corporate media is a useful reminder that the system is precisely designed to silence, intimidate and marginalise those who challenge the manufactured consensus. Those like Brand, Chomsky and Greenwald whom the corporate media cannot easily ignore but who can also stand their ground against the onslaught provide a rare chance for us to understand that media debate does not have to be this way".


Twilight said...

Hi Barbara! I'm a fan of Russell Brand too - I wish we had him here in the USA. Apart from his politics, with which I wholeheartedly agree, he's such a brilliant poster-person for Sun in Gemini!

I was shocked at how much Jon Snow has aged since I last saw him, when I lived in the UK - it's disconcerting. :-) I thought he did a good job of probing to allow Brand to get his views aired, and as Russell said towards the end, Snow actually agrees with him on most points, which makes it even more admirable that he was able to play devil's advocate so well.

Barbara said...

Hiya Twilight, Yes totally - Russell Brand is someone who really lives his chart.. sun in Gemini opposite Neptune in Sagittarius and moon in aries! He's great isn't he :)
I don't think of Jon Snow as having aged dramatically... but then when you see someone all the time on tv, you get used to them ageing perhaps xxxx