September 26, 2015

3 reasons Canada's Media Party is like John Carpenter's "The Thing"

Joshua LiebleinRebel Blogger

I have noticed several similarities between the Media Party and John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982).

First: There is not one Media Party; there are many.

Second: So long as even a tiny part of it exists, it is winning.

And finally, as Kurt Russell discovered when he visited the destroyed Norwegian camp in the movie, one group who fights the Media Party will find themselves running into the same issues as another group trying to do the same thing.

Let me explain in a bit more detail.

When I am just farting around on the Internet, trying to take my mind off of political issues, I inevitably find myself watching videos or reading articles produced by other nerds like myself complaining about the issues they are passionate about.

There are video game reviewers taking stands against unethical practices in that industry, film critics decrying the tendency of large studios to rely on reboots, retreads and remakes, assorted Jews whining about Jewy things, and sports fans who know more about running teams than the people currently being paid to do the job.

All of these people are fighting their own versions of the Media Party. You can probably identify other Media Parties, and Rebels against those Media Parties, in your online neighbourhood. 

Over and over again, the Rebels think they have finally got the Media Party cornered, and over and over again the Media Party gives them the slip.

If you’ve seen The Thing, you know that the humans waste a lot of time fighting the monster with half-measures that they think are doing damage even though the Thing is perfectly capable of running two plans at once.

Take this ridiculously Canadian story about a “rift” emerging between pollsters who are trying to reorganize because people are getting mad about their inability to predict elections correctly and other pollsters who weren’t invited into their treehouse because they are a bunch of partisan Liberals.

It may look like these idiots can’t organize a two-car parade, but just because a Media Party splits into two doesn’t mean the Rebels are killing it. Canadian pollsters are totally capable of reforming to fight their common enemy -- polling companies that challenge their supremacy, such as Lorne Bozinoff’s Forum Research. Bozinoff is not that much more wrong than any of the other polling guys, but there’s a reason why “serious politicos” roll their eyes at Forum polls while, say, taking CROP polls as totally reliable even when they aren’t.

The list of examples are endless. A couple of years ago we had Canada’s big three terrible telecom companies banding together to push Verizon out despite hating one another.

MLSE had never shown more life than when it was stopping Jim Balsillie from starting up another hockey franchise in Southwestern Ontario.

Look what’s happening in the Republican primaries. All attempts to derail Trump have failed, and now, quite coincidentally, out come polls showing Fiorina is catching up. Is this real? What changed, exactly? Can we be sure this isn’t the Republican establishment subtly playing with people’s minds, the way the Thing sowed dissent amongst its victims before striking?

We’ll probably never know, but we do know this:

In The Thing, Kurt Russell fought the monster to a standstill by destroying the base and everything around them, eventually dying in the frozen wasteland. The equivalent of that would likely be a full-on consumer or voter revolt against the system, and we’ve certainly been approaching that point in the political realm.

But this isn’t a movie, and few of us are crazy enough to burn everything we love to the ground.


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