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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 03:20 PM

74. Astounding how many DUers are derailed by the Cult of Personality

While Julian Assange himself is hellbent on steering the conversation AWAY from his personal affairs, away from anything but the work of Wikileaks, there seems to be a healthy portion of DUers determined to celebratize Assange and put him on the same level as a Kardashian. They seem to be conditioned to view the world as made up of only celebrities or non-celebrities. And that all celebrities are just like the Kardashians in that they are void of any real accomplishments but are only glamorized by their own self-aggrandizing and their elite moneyed class. That it is entirely because they beg the press to cover them and their only goals are fame and fortune. From these people we get adjectives to describe Assange like arrogant and self-serving or the ironically laughable "he has a persecution complex".

There is another brand of celebrity. And that is the ones that become one through their god gifted talents or just plain dedication and work. Movie stars, athletes and musicians are the obvious example, but you could also include astronauts, writers, cooks, or politicians and many more professions. Its so laughable to hear Fox News blast Hollywood stars simply for being noticed and then naturally promoted by media, including their own! Some of those same stars that became stars working for Murdoch's 20th Century Fox studios.

These DUers cannot see that celebrity is not always garnered in the same manner as the Kardashians or Paris Hilton. That is bought by their money and ties to those with connections to the corporate media and other famous celebrities. That sometimes celebrity is garnered simply for being outstanding or noteworthy. Martin Luther King and John Lennon were celebrities. They didn't buy that label. Lennon's talents and love of music and Kings passions about fighting the racial inequalities in society made the press take notice and in so doing elevated them to celebrity status. Not comparing Assange to those pioneers but IMO he is part of that same vein of celebrities.

I also do not get the dismissal of the work of Wikileaks all because of a distaste for the brashness or rudeness of their leader. If you look at the vitriol of the MSM against him I cannot fault his testiness. Martin Luther King could have been, and probably was, criticized as being too uppity of a black man. John Lennon once said the Beatles were more popular than Jesus. Which was true at the time, but none the less was interpreted as over-the-top arrogance. Both of these men were somewhat testy and dubious towards the MSM news industry as well. And as Assange, they had good reason to be.

This post is not dealing with the value of the actual work of Wikileaks, which I'll leave for another time. I just wanted to address this baffling phenom I am witnessing on this board; piling on and willing subjugation to the corporate media's carefully constructed and willful character assassination of the messenger.

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