by Montse Alarcón Flix
In an earlier article I wrote about the re-working of fiction (with reference to Kafka, and the Boston Marathon bombing) and told how I became a researcher of hoaxes and a supporter of ‘patsies.’ A hoax is a fictional event presented as real. The people performing it are aware of its fictional nature, but some people watching it are convinced that it is real.
How is it possible that the people can’t distinguish when they are lied to? Aren’t humans supposed to be intelligent beings? Unfortunately, many aren’t so much as we would hope.
When I was a child there was a person in my entourage who, owing to her age, was designated as a “person of authority.” She was allowed to use force upon me if something that I said or did wasn’t pleasing to her. Later I felt upset when I came to realize that knowledge, intelligence, and reason weren’t always a matter of age — and that these qualities don’t always figure in the selection of the people who are in position of authority!
Age was a kind of accepted “argument” to solve questions, as was, similarly, physical strength. Such that many times intelligence and knowledge suffered great oppression. Let me depict the decisive change that operated in my mind regarding my view of ‘authority’-invested persons.
I was about 5 years old and the person I mentioned was 11 years old. Both were kids, one (myself) already a critical thinker, and the other (the older one but still a child) gullible and easily manipulated owing to her ignorance.
When our TV was broken, my mother called a technician to repair it. The man arrived during the morning. It was a special day since we rarely received unknown people at home.
He seemed to us as a mysterious magician with the power in his hands to make machines work again. All the children at home were dying of curiosity and following the man’s actions.
There was a moment when he opened the back of the TV set and confirmed that it had a broken lamp (yes the old-fashioned TV sets had lamps in them).
The moment it was opened, the older girl asked the technician with frustration: “Where are the little men?” “Which little men?” asked the technician. “The little men who live inside of the TV whom we see singing, talking, dancing and fighting when we turn on it…. Where they are? Why we don’t we see them exit, now that you opened the back of the box?”
The frustration almost made tears run down her face. Yes, she thought that the people we see on TV were not actual people but lived inside of the television set. The man and I tried to suppress our laughter. The question appeared to me ridiculous even when I was only 5.
I gradually learned that not only are fiction stories unreal but so, too, is much of what is presented on TV as “news.” And government leaders’ propaganda about alleged threats of foreign countries tells me that they’re not caring about the domestic population’s safety but merely promoting an agenda to multiply the benefits of war industries.
Generally, I became worried about the people’s lack of contact with the reality. The awakening of some folks consists in learning about this divergence. The awakening for me, and others like myself, is to learn that those believing the lies are destroying our world!
We aim to stop them however we can. The people in positions of authority are able to use force against us. In April 2013, the entire world received the news that “two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon, one child was killed, many wounded.”
My experience reinterpreted the “news” in light of my knowledge and I thought: “We had better see how much true fact there is, behind these news facts, and how much do I need my old TV-technician example to explain what really happened here.”
I won’t quote my research now (perhaps later), but the result of it so far is that I don’t think anyone actually died at the Boston Marathon in 2013. Or at least it was nothing like what we were told. I think it’s possible there were no genuine injuries.
But luckily the old story of green men inside the TV set is having to face a challenge today. Many researchers are spreading real knowledge about what happened in Boston that day and how far it is from what we’re told!
During the first few days after the Marathon race, those who believed that the little men inside the TV were real cried because they saw injuries and deaths. Then they wanted someone to be blamed and punished.
Here is my challenge for now. I say:
Any news outlet – or police commissioner — publishing that there was a Boston bombing and providing no evidence of it can be discarded outright as a vessel of propaganda.
— Montse Alarcon Flix is a translator of English into Catalan and into Castilian (Spanish). She provided Gumshoe with translations of the Aunt Maret Tsarnaeva affidavit and led us to create a video that has had, so far, over 330 hits in Spanish, 357 in Spanish, 99 in Catalan.
Photo credit: Crandall1950syoungculture.files.wordpress.com
Editor’s note: here is the nice recording in Catalan. Gumshoe gets a mention at 35 seconds and Montse is pictured at 48 seconds. Yay!