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Wednesday, October 1, 2008
“They are overwhelmingly EU-Negative and brought about the Irish “NO”
As previously reported on this blog the EU is increasingly scared of the anti-EU blogs.
Thus on June 11, 2008, the EU Parliament notified : “The cases of unrestricted ownership concentration or of scarce content of pluralism in the media are endangering cultural diversity and freedom of expression.
MEP Marianne Mikko told us “the blogosphere has so far been a haven of good intentions and relatively honest dealing. However, with blogs becoming commonplace, less principled people will want to use them”. Asked if she considered bloggers to be “a threat”, she said “we do not see bloggers as a threat. They are in a position, however, to considerably pollute cyberspace. We already have too much spam, misinformation and malicious intent in cyberspace”.
She added, “I think the public is still very trusting towards blogs, it is still seen as sincere.For that we need a quality mark, a disclosure of who is really writing and why.”
Now Bruno Waterfield , Sept. 3, 2008 has gained insight into a secret European Commission report which has come out strongly against the “anti-establishment activity” of blogging as part of an analysis of the internet and “its implications for public opinion about the EU” – in particular for the outcome of the Irish vote on the Lisbon Treaty.
Internet- A fragmented battle ground dominated by Euro-scepticism : “Blog activity remains overwhelmingly negative.”
Ireland and new internet media technologies
The internet has allowed increased communication between citizen groups away from Government and traditional media dominated sources.
This horizontal flow of information is in contrast to the typical top down approach that previously existed. Significantly technology which made professional, content rich communication has now been put in the hands of the average citizen allowing; podcasting, audio streaming and creative viral communications.
The overall uptake will increase in the future. The internet has come of age as a forum for debate and a means of conveying information in Ireland.
Blogging and bulletin boards
have been used by many, some of whom are opinion formers, to relay their thoughts. Both sides of the Lisbon debate actively used the web, however it was dominated by the No side.
The fact that Politics.ie is run and owned by David Cochrane, campaign manager of Libertas (one of the principal No campaign groups) meant that this debate was highly skewed.
Blogging is also seen as an anti-establishment activity.
Few Yes campaigners came out with forceful counter arguments or were inspired to do so.
Because of the many different sources of No campaigners on the internet, classic rebuttals is made impossible.
Online tone of the campaign
The fragmented No campaign has had a very high internet presence on the Internet, achieving high rankings on Google and other search engines.
The internet has allowed direct citizen-publisher interaction and works widely outside the standard news-cycle and so has been the seeding source for many opinion formers.
A number of viral emails, videos, songs etc. were created by the No campaign which were creative, often humorous, and had a lot of “cut through”. They made for simple, well-defined, entertaining points that registered well with younger demographs. Websites such as Youtube.com have allowed the transmission of audiovisual content at a very low cost.
Official sources are using Mass Media communication techniques in areas that require a tailored niche approach.
The official nature of the communication flow has made it very difficult to connect with younger, internet-savvy audiences.
Irish TV viewership, especially of younger age-groups, is increasing with satellite and multi-channel stations.
News content on the main commercial national station TV3 is of quite low quality.
The new Media landscape is buttressing a No sentiment amongst the Irish
There is a shift away from the State news Radio and TV stations. This means that the quality of debate has suffered.
Apart from official websites, the internet has largely been a space left to anti-European feeling. Given the ability to reach an audience at a much lower cost, and given the simplicity of the No campaign messages, it has proven to be easily malleable during the campaign and pre-campaign period.
While the EU is preparing to suppress the freedom of expression as for crticism of the mass immigration and its disastrous consequences by means of the Frame Work Decision on Racism and Xenophobia – it has not yet been able to do anything about the classical problem of dictatorships: Criticism of the very nature of the system itself and the disasters it is causing.
However, as indicated by MEP Ms. Marianne Mikko, the EU Parliament is working to solve that problem, too!!
“V. whereas the level of media literacy among the citizens of the European Union is below
2. Suggests in this respect the creation of independent media ombudsmen in the MemberStates;
3. Welcomes the efforts to create a charter for media freedom and strive for its Europe-wide
4. Stresses the need to institute monitoring and implementation systems for media pluralism
based on reliable and impartial indicators.”
Now: The EU considers us as stupid analphabets whose freedom of expression must unconditionally be limited – through the establishment of a list (Charter) of what you are allowed to write – as well as an ombudsman, i.e. a taste referee and yet another Institute of surveillance – besides the FRA (Fundamental Rights Agency) in Vienna.
Where is the difference between the USSR and the UdSSR or the 3. Reich, if we put up with this?
For these MEPs and eurocrats know nothing about the sentiments of the Europeans living outside their Ivory Tower in Brussels. They know however, that the blogs reflect the true sentiments of the Europeans in the absence of free and objective media. And it scares them that their propaganda and threats have so far been unable to suffocate all independent intellectual activity with their worst enemies – their own populations, who wish the Brussels ivory tower and all of its contents into the middle of the desert of Sahara without means of communication – as soon as possible!!