Operating on a Media-Created Holodeck: Youth on Utoya Island walk to their death

I went to see the movie Samurai with an Israeli friend who had just spent a semester teaching at Williams College in MA. When we left he referred to the scenes in which the Tom Cruise character is haunted by dreams of the massacres of Native Americans that he had participated, and said, “my students at Williams think that that’s what the Israeli army does. It’s a testimony to the power of the media that such profound distortion of reality.

The comments of a survivor from the Utoya Island massacre made an interesting remark that illustrates the problem (H/T: My Right Word)

“Some of my friends tried to stop him by talking to him. Many people thought that it was a test … comparing it to how it is to live in Gaza. So many people went to him and tried to talk to him, but they were shot immediately.”

It illustrates the point I made at opening statement at Second Draft (cited by Breivik):

Since the MSM are the eyes and ears of civil polities, and no creature blind and deaf to key data from the world about can long survive, we consider the cleansing of our mediated “doors of perception” a critical task in the years and decades ahead.

These poor youth were operating on (at least) two major misconceptions: 1) that Israelis are like Nazis, and 2) that talking is enough to change a monster. Putting the two together led them to make a fatal error in reasoning. It’s as if they were operating on a radical leftist holodeck… but they weren’t.

7 Responses to Operating on a Media-Created Holodeck: Youth on Utoya Island walk to their death

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  2. Dvar Dea says:

    Good points.
    I tried once to refute that canard. It’s a bit long but one sentence does most of the work: “To begin with Native Americans and Australian Aborigines never kept white Europeans in ghettos like quarters and taxed them for having a different religion then they had.”

    The irony here is that native populations in the colonial era did try to talk to their white oppressors.

  3. Cynic says:

    The Worker’s Youth League has been running the camp on Utoya with Fatah participating for the past 15 years and Lars Gule, the leader of the WYL at Bergen University was a member of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the crowd responsible for the Maalot massacre, so it’s no wonder that misconception 1) is so ingrained.

  4. Wien1938 says:

    Richard, the link to My Right Word is not working. You’ve double-entered the url address.

  5. Edwin Franklin says:

    There have been massacres in the ME,such the current one in Syria, the WYL just have the wrong address.

    • ‘There have been massacres in the ME,such the current one in Syria, the WYL just have the wrong address.

      That “the WYL just have the wrong address” is part of the phenomenon of the (perverse false inaccurate self-projective) “blame-meter” of most culturally Christian-European people (Christian and post-Christian) being set on, and stuck on, “Jew”.

      That phenomenon is a result of, and is a cause of, the phenomenon of the “response-behavior-reflex” of almost all Jewish people being set on “Appease”.

      Pathological, in both cases.

      Hopefully, the latter phenomenon (and, subsequently, as a result, the former phenomenon) will be dispelled, and more mindful wholesome beneficial actions will be done instead.

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