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Dissecting the News Dissector: "Blogothon: Reflections and Revelations from the News Dissector "

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"In the end, what we have is a cruel and deceptive game that appears to be informative when it's not, presided over by professional actors and reactors.

And like the old joke asks, "How do you know when they are lying?" The answer: 'When their lips are moving.'"

The blogger's last lines are often this forceful.


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It would be easy and is tempting to review the bare bones of each blog, to display poly-dimensional art and craft of a journalist who practically invented his genre, the Vincent Canby of news analysts.

In Blog 2, Schechter reveals his poetic side (maternal influence; his mother was a published poet) by using excerpts of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic," in order, to dissect the divisive U.S. foreign policy. The book ends with a poem celebrating the author's turning age sixty, his identity and life's mission having been formulated in the sixties ("From the Sixties to Sixty").

And speaking of the sixties, at the end of section III, he describes this spine-tingling revolutionary era in more detail:

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"It was a heady time and it's shameful to read in 2011 that most students today are not taught about what we called "THE MOVEMENT," in caps, and felt part of something bigger than ourselves--a force that rolled across this country touching and changing so many lives."

In my experience, they tend not to want us relics around; I tried for a paying job collecting money on the street for a human rights organization and lasted around a week for not amassing enough (I'd earn into the hundreds a few times; later I discovered a "colleague" who confessed she had the same job and hadn't earned a cent) but here we are tolerated by Occupy (more on Occupy below): "the media labeled it 'kids and ageing hippies.'"

Blog 3, on fascism, is a masterpiece of knowledge and analysis, equating fascism with corporatism, convincingly predicting the economic if not political direction of this country.

What can we do? Some of the answers have been advocated again and again in other of his books. No hypocrite, he lives these answers. To jump ahead to his section predicting and then dissecting the Occupation, there is footage (in one of his films, which should have been excerpted here--is it?) of Schechter standing on Wall Street a year before the Occupation, literally preaching about its evils. The Reverend Jesse Jackson stands at his side. A few listeners stand in front of him, rather absurdly, as others walk by ignoring the scenario.

What a scenario.

In another solution scenario, in Section 3, blog 6, the author spells out an agenda for Occupy (Dec. 2011):

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1. Investigate who stole what;

2.Indict wrong doers;

3.Prosecute the guilty; and

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Marta Steele is an author/editor/blogger who has been writing for Opednews.com since 2006. She is also author of the 2012 book "Grassroots, Geeks, Pros, and Pols: The Election Integrity Movement's Nonstop Battle to Win Back the People's Vote, (more...)

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