There is an editorial in the Denton Record Chronicle today, Mind games in the Barnett Shale. (LINK FIXED) It’s referring to the recent article Into hostile territory.
The oped is very close to what was reverberating in my brain while I sat through the conference presentations. It’s such a relief to see the word “Newspeak” in the oped that I felt compelled to leave a comment:
It occurred to me, sitting in the conference, that much of the propaganda was aimed at their own people–the very young communications professionals in the audience. The industry pays comm professionals twice what other industries pay and still the turnover is very high.
The below is from my notes but the part in parenthesis is my brain screaming so loudly that I actually wrote it in my notes. (The part not in parenthesis is on tape.)
***We can’t do that because we are responsible organizations. we can’t dress up in plush suits and make up lies because we are professionals. (this is 1984 $h*t) It’s planting messages. They take it to the individual level scaring us into totality, down to the county. ***
They say they can’t do exactly what they are doing. Newspeak.
We have only touched the surface of what is on those tapes.
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Flo Backatchaman says
Up is down. Down is up. Shale gas drilling is just a little inconvenience for a very short time. No one will ever know there’s drilling going on. It’s only water and sand. Gathering pipelines for getting the gas to market are a utility. Compressor stations are a utility no different than telephone wires. Everyone’s gonna be rich.