This week I published my 7th OpEd in the Vancouver Sun in regards to the BC Ferry cuts and the damage that will result to BC tourism, especially the small coastal and interior communities that will be hardest hit. Subsequently I was invited to come on air with Terry Moore of CFAX Radio in Victoria, my second interview. The link to that interview is here. https://soundcloud.com/#terry-moore-cfax/april-21-3pm
For those new to the debate, my extensive research into the ferry cuts has convinced me that the cuts are nothing more than a smokescreen, a diversion to mislead the public’s attention away from a much more serious story. Which is, the sharp switch away from BC’s becoming “the greenest place in the world” with an economy based on tourism, technology and the entertainment arts to an economy based on the extraction and export of fossil fuels.
My CFAX interview also focussed on what I term “Orwellian doublespeak,” According to the dictionary, doublespeak is language that deliberately disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of of words. Whyis the Liberal government lying to us?
Noam Chomsky writes that Orwellian Doublespeak is practiced by totalitarian governments, an example being the manipulation of the English language in American media through a process called ‘dichotomization.’ Basically it’s media propaganda involving ‘deeply embedded double standards in the reporting of news.” Also called greenwashing by the people who can afford to buy and pay for it.
Chomsky writes that “when you can’t control people by force, and when the voice of the people can be heard (like the OpEd articles I have published this year in the Sun) you have to control what people think.” And the standard way to do this is to resort to what in more honest days used to be called propaganda. My opinion? If and when the people of BC realize what is actually going on, that they are being blatantly lied to, for purposes the government doesn’t want anyone to even discuss, they will be outraged.
Vancouver Sun OpEds and radio shows
CFAX interview April 21
Ferry cuts hiding losses to tourism
CFAX interview March 20
BC Ferries Discovery Coast Debacle turns into pure farce
BC Ferries math doesn’t add up
War in the woods, part two, has begun
How the Grinch stole the Chilcotin Christmas
BC Ferries needs new direction to steer clear of red ink
Great Bear rainforest a region to promote, not pollute