Graham Adams at The platform argued that the inability of mainstream media to engage with debates taking place online is a threat to democracy. With trust in the New Zealand media at an all time low, I was wondering what is the list of topics you are simply NOT allowed to discuss in the New Zealand mainstream media.
Here are my thoughts on 30 years in the New Zealand media.
Palestine: You cannot talk about Israel’s brutal occupation of Palestine in the New Zealand media. It’s just not allowed, any discussion should be framed as “poor Israeli is being terrorized by evil angry Muslims”, the focus is never on the brutal occupation and when it appears in the media, she always insinuates that all criticism is anti-Semitism.
Child poverty NEVER adult poverty: We only talk about child poverty because they deserve our pity. Adults in poverty can fuck off. Despite numbering around 800,000, adults living in poverty are there because they “choose” to be there. The most important myth of neoliberalism is that your success is yours, just like your failure. If an adult lives in poverty, the neoliberal cultural mythology asserts that everything depends on them and that we have no obligation to help them. This is why we never talk endlessly about children in poverty because the vast majority of hard-hearted New Zealanders want to blame the adults in poverty so that we can pretend to be egalitarian without having to implement a politic.
The New Zealand neoliberal experience: You are never allowed to question the unorganized workforce that has cut wages, you can never question the sale of our assets, you can never criticize the uber allas growth mentality, you you are never allowed to attack free market outcomes and you cannot step back and assess the 35 year neoliberal experiment in New Zealand because you remind wage slaves of the horror of it all.
Classroom: You can’t point out that the dividing line in a capitalist democracy like New Zealand is the richest 1% plus their catalyst 9% against the remaining 90% of us. Oh, you can jerk off to your identity and your feelings about your identity over and over again in an endless intersectional diversity pronoun word salad, but you can’t point out that it’s really the 90% us vs. 10 % them. would be effective and we cannot be effective on mainstream media when feelings are the currency of public solidarity in a shrinking pie of attention.
Immigration: It should always be presented as positive. It can never be argued that this is a cheap, lazy growth model that drives down wages and puts poor nationals in competition with language school scams of international students and exploited migrant workers. Any criticism of immigration makes you a xenophobe and because the middle classes love to travel and have global skills to sell, they see any criticism of migrants as an attack on their economic privileges.
Hyper Tourism: We never have the right to ask ‘how much is too much, you greedy people’. The tourism industry that doesn’t care about us locals lives for the 4 million tourists who visit each year. We’re not allowed to ask why this number of air travel is sustainable, we’re not allowed to ask why the sale of Red Bulls and Vs at tourist stops is some sort of economic miracle and we’re certainly not allowed to wonder why these tourists are not directly taxed in a significant way for the infrastructure they obstruct.
The dairy industry in decline: We are never allowed to point out that the millisecond the manufactured food industry can make synthetic milk powder, they will reject us as a base ingredient and the whole dairy industry will collapse overnight. With synthetic milks and meats here within a decade, it’s time to drastically phase out herds, focus only on organic, free-range sustainable herds, and move away from mass dairying forever. No one is allowed to mention the iceberg that stands in front of the Fonteera Titanic.
BELIEVE the victims: It’s like “How to Kill a Mockingbird” was never written. People who make serious allegations should be taken seriously, not believed. He’s a bit of a fanatical Christian to me. This led to a change in our sexual assault laws where the Greens and Labor removed the only rape defense in order to get more convictions, which when you think about it is cult and terrifying. Gerrymandering the law to ensure conviction is not justice, but in today’s culture of BELIEVE victims it sure is and anyone who says otherwise is probably a rape apologist who should be put in jail immediately.
The Trans Debate: This debate is so toxic and anyone who asks a question is immediately decried as transphobic. I’ve seen nuclear reactor meltdowns that are less radioactive than this debate. I’m so terrified that I’m not going to say anything other than “please don’t hurt my family” to even mention it.
It’s never climate change for this catastrophic weather event: Catastrophic weather event after catastrophic weather event, but it’s never related to global warming! It’s as if the weather is changing in a cataclysmic way around us, but because it’s not 100% sure that the cigarette you’re smoking right now is the one that’s making that mass inside of you is turning into cancer, so we cannot relate this catastrophic weather event to a model global warming that clearly indicates that we will see more and more catastrophic weather events.
Balls: No New Zealand media will ever recognize another media scoop despite a united front capable of generating more visibility and better journalism.
Te Reo Fanaticism: You are not allowed to point out that barely 5% of the population speak Te Reo and that all those who campaign for it to be an “official language” never seem so hostile to the lack of use of the language of signs. Listen my daughter goes to a Maori immersion class and when she speaks Te Reo it brings me to tears of joy and I feel more connected to New Zealand than at any other time but constantly shoving it into people’s throats seem to be waking up the language police rather than a shared culture. treasure. You can still be a decent human being and not speak Te Reo.
Confiscation of Maori land: Maori suffer from losing 95% of their land in less than a century, they have been nearly decimated by disease and technology brought by colonization, they have endured the Settlements Act 1863, they have survived lies blatant acts and lies designed to create the pretext for confiscation and saw violence in the Waikato. Maori have been through this whole experience and they are always told to be grateful because Pakeha brought blankets, tobacco and ‘technology’.
Disabled people: Almost 25% of New Zealand is disabled, but for such a high number of people their interests are all mentioned in the mainstream media.
Corporate iwi: You cannot say that the business model used by Iwi to broker deals is outrageous and has created a Maori capitalist elite as venal as the pakeha capitalists.
Home prices will go up FOREVER! Too many middle-class people are now real estate speculators and they have to see their values rise to afford the extra credit cards the bank sends them. We can never talk about falling real estate prices. They must never fall. Fuck the homeless, fuck the homeless generations and fuck the working poor. Buying a house is now reserved only for children of the middle classes. Fuck everyone. Cradle-to-grave boomer grants that don’t extend to any other generation uber allas baby! Free Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream for every Boomer forever! ME! ME! MEEEEEEEEEEEE!
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