media, defined here as the communications, entertainment and
advertising industries... are suspect, in that they dictate the
content of information being delivered to the public. Media moguls within
the entertainment industry control content, who in turn are
influenced by advertising agencies that (along with their
clients) bankroll the production costs of entertainment
programming. Communications companies deliver, via their
networks and a tech-driven array of wireless gadgetry,
data rich content, created to a great extent by the
This powerful media
triad... communications, entertainment and advertising...
secure political favor through the power of the lobbying
which controls what increasingly has become a
form of government. As opposed to other powerful
industries seeking influence over our government such as the
Arms Industry or
Big Oil, the media triad's primary commodity is the
manipulation of the people's perceptions... through
content. Seeing an
opportunity, our government seeks a “Quid pro quo.”
As such, these industries wield enormous power and influence
and cannot be trusted by virtue of the age-old adage that
absolute power, corrupts absolutely.
example, take the predominance of television
in the 20th century.
There is a reason why TV executives refer to shows they
produce as “programming.” There is a reason why advertisers
pay small fortunes for commercials and for product placement
in popular television programs. Their intention is simple. They desire to program
(in the mind programming sense) the masses to do their bidding. Overtly, they want the
masses to buy their products... but covertly... they want
the masses to think the way they want them to think. They
want people to think like good consumers.
exactly, was the importance of citizenry overshadowed by the
convenience of the consumerism, in the eyes of the
PTB? When did the citizen become
The masters of
the airwaves clearly see the US citizenry, at least those
with disposable income, as consumer, not a citizen. They will stop at nothing to broadcast their
disinformation... to impose their version of reality to suit
their nefarious, capitalistic agenda. This deceptive content of control we
label: “Babylon Bandwidth.”
is a subtle and formidable adversary...
Babylon Bandwidth symbolizes the propaganda and
disinformation output from modern mass media. Through a
most egregious and politically incorrect example of
cultural appropriation, we have lifted the term/concept
“Babylon” from the Rastafarian understanding of
an oppressive and unjust predator/dominator culture.
Rastas use “Babylon” in a very similar sense as
to how science fiction prophet Philip K Dick used the
So Babylon Bandwidth represents the insidious and
Black-Op that is being waged upon mainly
unsuspecting populations, worldwide. This black-op,
perpetrated by the prevailing predator/dominator
patriarchy, is so complete as to be mistaken for our
consensual reality. It is devised and developed through
public relations, and is activated and delivered through
mass media platforms. The key to it’s success is
dependent upon the psy-op’s ability to persuade through
emotion and desire.
Babylon is tricky that way… it makes you think you
actually want the doors of the Black Iron Prison to
clank shut behind you.
The Rastas have a magical component of resistance,
revolt and liberation from Babylon, whereby they wake up
from the illusory spell imposed upon them. Their
revolutionary counterstrike is known as “Chant
Down Babylon.” This is the Rastas' magical (musical
& ceremonial) response to the predator/dominator
paradigm. This counterstrike aligns quite nicely with
the tactical measures outlined
here... as well as in our
Blows Against the EMPIRE blog series.
Historically, at least since WWII, the US political
infrastructure has been bureaucratic in nature. Recent
political events have rapidly moved away from bureaucratic
business as usual, to a more
came about, in part, due to the rise of social media. Recent
campaign cycles were driven more by social media (facebook,
twitter, youTube) than traditional news media. Traditional media,
driven, first by the big 3 television networks, then by
cable news, were structured
around a bureaucratic model. Social media is more
disruptive in nature. It's strength is immediacy, at the
cost of accuracy.
This is a game-changer for how people
get their news. Social Media News is
acts as more of a disruptive insurgency than a bureaucratic
orthodoxy. It is also virtually un-regulated by any form of
oversight or regulation.
is, however a major component of content delivery and
control that the media masters desperately struggle with. This is the
all-important phenomena known as... “Popular Appeal.”
each agency, network, or platform controls their individual output, its relative
success or failure is dependant upon how it is received by
the viewing public. To be effective, output must be popular. To be
popular, it must resonate on a deeply emotional level with the masses. Try as they might,
the media masters cannot consistently predict or control
popular appeal. Consequently, each individual media mogul is
forced to react... to constantly re-adjust their messaging,
in response to popular sentiment.
Popularity is an
intangible and more importantly, an ineffable commodity. If
enough people are enamored with a media phenomenon... for a
long enough period of time... it becomes a
trend. This is of
course the “holy grail” of the media industry. A
trend, reduced to it's most basic component, we define as a
advertising effectiveness and hence advertising revenue is
dependant upon mass appeal, significant research and
development resources are budgeted to study such
For this reason, the collective output of the media industry
is significant on a cultural level, as it mirrors the
culture being targeted.
Close examination of the combined collective output of
modern media tells us much about our global citizenry. By
virtue of what is being marketed to us, modern media reveals
perceived trends in how we think, feel and react to events
of consequence in our world. Indeed, it illuminates
collective characteristics of our
reality… our collective
consciousness, as reflected by the manipulations of the
above mentioned media masters.
21st century, political operatives and political consulting
firms, such as
Cambridge Analytica have become major players in
influencing political election outcomes, through analyzing
social media. Cambridge Analytica deployed
profiling system using online data, primarily facebook
likes. They compiled psychological data derived from
millions of facebook users, largely without users'
permission or knowledge. They collected data on voters,
scrutinizing demographics, consumer behavior, and
Cambridge Analytica exploited the fact that
individual psychological targeting is a powerful tool that
can influence people... and
with a limited number
...people can be
analyzed with incredible precision.
big data analyzing technologies are currently
approaching Babylon Bandwidth's
grail” of popular appeal prediction.
In this regard, populations are in increased risk of media
manipulation. The increasing popularity of media output becomes an
indicator of what resonates, what
of specific (or in the
of the marketing magicians), “target”
populations. However, such technologies cut both ways.
Information technology can also be used as a tool of
By scrutinizing how we are being marketed to,
we gain more insight into who we are as a culture. By waking up to
Babylon Bandwidth, we begin to understand the extent
of media manipulation. Just as the messianic character Neo
(from the Wachowskis' 1999 film: The
Matrix) woke up, so too do we in our awakening, begin to realize
deep the Rabbit-hole goes.”
information technology evolves more rapidly, the media
masters begin to lose control of the medium, even as they
gain sophistication. Even with its vulnerabilities, social media
has, to a certain extent, de-centralized modern media,
diluting Babylon Bandwidth's hypnotic power. The perceptive
and vigilant citizen can, in effect, use modern media to
their advantage by gleaning trends in the media-stream.
considering trends, specific pieces of media content lose
importance. In the words of Marshall McLuhan... the
medium is the message…
a medium itself, not the content it carries,
becomes the focal point of significance.
Realization of these trends allow us to sharpen our
predictive faculties in contemplating the future. By
examining trends in media for purposes of prediction, we
logically place emphasis on a popular or
Pop Future... or the perceived trending in
entertainment, infotainment and information services,
as evidenced via the world wide web and social media
platforms such as
et al... is a culturally powerful predictive tool. We
to fight back against Babylon Bandwidth, using these
and other such tools to our
advantage. We will examine all available data-streams for the purpose of predicting
possible, probable and prescriptive outcomes to present day
scenarios, as they pertain to personal autonomy.
examine the complex intertwining advancements and
expectations in the hard sciences such as astronomy, physics
& biology, as well as other disciplines of relevance
such as, psychology, sociology and anthropology.
Additionally, we pursue intuitive disciplines, peering
through the lens of the new and relatively esoteric
interdisciplinary system known as Synchromysticism.
is a contemplative and predictive discipline. Rather than
focusing on the overt, surface messaging of media output,
the synchromystic focuses on the covert, symbolic,
archetypical meanings that dwell deep beneath the surface of
ordinary consciousness. As the name implies, synchromysticism
correlates multiple meanings of a given signal, mining the
intuitive concepts, such as synchronicity.
regard, synchromysticism is
heavily influenced by the study of the collective
unconscious as pioneered by
Dr. Carl Jung. Jung was the founder of analytical
psychology. He emphasized understanding the psyche through
exploring the worlds of dreams, art, mythology, religion and
philosophy. One of his most notable ideas was the concept of
synchronicity. Jung created the term synchronicity to
describe the alignment of
“universal forces” with the life
experiences of an individual. Jung believed that many
experiences perceived as coincidences were not merely due to
chance, but instead reflected the creation of an event or
circumstance by the alignment of such forces. In difference
to these forces, consideration is given to the power of mass
media and its influence on humanity’s psyche.
Pop Future seeks to
illuminate the mysterious universal synchronicities, as
mirrored by mass media, to better understand the forces that
are at work, shaping our newly emerging global culture. By
searching for patterns in the noise... by aggregating
and analyzing transmissions from the collective conscious...
we will harness the resulting information to our
advantage... forecasting the Future from what emerges.
Find below a collection of in-house and third
party links that may prove useful in our memetic