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article imageOp-Ed: Are we a zombie culture?

By KJ Mullins     Jan 1, 2013 in World
Are the ones in charge of the world wanting a zombie culture? Not being able to think is the key to being a zombie along with having no voice. How far from our society is that a reality?
Last year more journalists were killed than any year since Reporters Without Borders begun yearly roundups. In one year there was a 33 percent increase in journalists being killed in the line of duty. Each death adds a layer of silence to areas of the world that deserve a voice. Each silence adds up. There are nations where the public can only read or hear about what the government deems the news. Those who think differently are rounded up and quarantined behind bars. Silence is the key to keeping the masses behaving like good little masses should.
While North America has seen a decrease in journalists being killed the masses are still being handled with care. Those who shout out that there is something wrong are viewed as being wrong.
Taking down Occupy Toronto s tent city
Taking down Occupy Toronto's tent city
The Occupy Movement began in September 2011. Mostly young people who wanted to make the economic structure change. It quickly grew to communities in 82 countries with a common slogan of 'We are the 99 percent.' Around the world tent cities cropped up with members protesting for change. In many cases the protests were unorganized and too varied to make any real change. Media, owned by those of the one percent-the rich, the powerful, refused to cover the story leaving independent journalists to pick up the ball.
The core of the Occupy Movement was for non-violent change. That non-violence was one of the reasons that there were few initial reports from mainstream media. In the world of if it bleeds it leads a bunch of 'wanna be hippies' camping out in city parks wasn't going to make it on the 6:00 news and if any mention in the newspapers it would be filler in between ads. When violence did enter the picture in the form of alleged police brutality media began to listen. Violence got the movement into the press. It also saw the movement be broken up and in a large part silenced. Small changes were made but those changes didn't make the major headlines. Today the movement is still alive but in smaller numbers and less visibility. The one percenters still run the world in the way they want while protest marches dwindle.
What does this have to do with zombies or a zombie culture? For many who were on the outside looking in saw a bunch of 'kids' who were protesting for the sake of protesting. These 'kids' appeared to be following the directives of a few like mindless sheep. They may have been shouting for change but their voices were drowned out when no one was really sure of what the actual changes were. In the end the message was not clear and too varied.
While Occupy was a global movement only about 4 percent of the global population had heard of it a year ago.
Idle No More flash mob at Eaton Centre
Idle No More flash mob at Eaton Centre
A current movement is brewing in Canada, Idle No More, started by three women who wanted to educate Canadians about environment issues that government appeared to be ignoring.
The movement appears to be growing with large peaceful protesting in support of the First Nations people and environmental issues.
One of the key concerns of this movement is Bill C-45 which reduced the number of protected Canadian waterways, many of which are on First Nations land. The new bill will make it easier for oil companies to build pipelines.
Chief Theresa Spence of Attawapiskat began a hunger fast to demand a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Harper, a fast that is ongoing on December 16. Since that time the movement has grown with over 100 peaceful protests, many in shopping malls, in Canada and the United States. Protests have also taken place in Sweden, the UK, Germany, New Zealand and Egypt. The Canadian government has declined to meet with First Nations over their concerns of the environment.
So far there has been little violence associated with the group. While the Canadian press is covering the movement it is not big news elsewhere. CNN, who covers the major news of the world, has no mention of the movement at all. Today the Ottawa Citizen reports that the founders of the movement are distancing themselves from the Native chiefs who claim to be part of the campaign.
“The Chiefs have called for action and anyone who chooses can join with them, however this is not part of the Idle No More movement as the vision of this grassroots movement does not coincide with the visions of the Leadership,” said the statement, released on Idle No More’s official website.
“While we appreciate the individual support we have received from chiefs and councilors, we have been given a clear mandate… to work outside of the systems of government and that is what we will continue to do.”
Time will tell if the movement makes a difference or becomes too layered in various issues for the masses to keep up. If history repeats itself though a year from now few will remember what the movement was really about. Some will remember protests where a bunch of people gathered at the mall and danced about.
What does Occupy, Idle No More and the killing of journalists have in common? Silence.
Now I can hear those in the movements scream 'we are not silenced' but hear me out. One person can make a difference. One person can get out a clear message. When the masses get involved they can be lead this way and that. The splintering off from the main message gets it muffled and in the end the message is silenced. The objective of those in charge is achieved; silence. The masses move around with no clear message, no true voice and the powers that be continue to pull the puppet strings and thus the zombie culture is achieved.
Happy New Year.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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