FDR at Sky News–Video and Print Coverage

Here I am, blogging about Freedomain Radio again, although mostly for consistency. Two pretty unremarkable articles have surfaced over at Sky News, a news (obviously) agency website in the UK that was voted the Website of the Year, by some people at some time. I am assuming that 2008 was the big year; maybe 2009. Time will tell. A visit to the press archives also would probably tell, but this is a purely perfuctory post and not an investigative or thought-provoking one. Barbara Weed is the subject of both articles (really, it’s the same article in two forms), and Stefan Molyneux was invited to be interviewed but declined. He’s done with the mainstream media for now, I think.

That “Sky News” reminds me of “SkyNET” says more about me than anyone, probably. I think it’s time for the new shows to come back on TV. On the other hand, Sky News has a Sky Copter (not one of those slow, land kinds with wheels), and it is linked across multiple platforms, so it can follow you wherever you go. I’m not going to go so far to suggest that it can see you when you’re sleeping, but I’m pretty sure it knows when you’re awake. Awake and accessing, anyway. I’m pretty sure it’s tracking my IP address right now.

That said…

A few days ago this print story by Robin Powell ran on the website:

Website ‘Led Teen to Quit Family’

This is a pretty brief piece that hits all the usual points. The stand out, I think, is that they got Ian Haworth in an interview, too–he runs, according to the article, the Cult Information Centre. So that definitely adds the air of authority to the article. There is a funny picture of Molyneux, taken from one of his video podcasts. I think he must be beckoning with his index fingers, but at first glance it looked like he was flipping off the camera. I got all excited about that, because I thought it was funny and then I thought it was really funny that the UK equivalent (I am guessing) of CNN would run a picture like that. A closer look set me straight.

There are comments on this article–quite a few, in fact–but they load funny and aren’t that interesting. They don’t have dates and they appear only a few at a time and I think it is stunting dialogue because you aren’t sure who said what when. So your rubbernecking opportunities are limited. Somehow they’ve gotten onto a religious topic.

Today (December 30) the video of the interview from which the text information seems to be pulled appeared online:

Growing Concern for Online Cults

The first time I accessed that page, I ended up watching quite a few ads for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button that weren’t turning into the interview. I found the video in the library right below the video screen and, after another video for Zurich loaded, the video automatically played. Every other time I’ve gone to the site (like to access the web page address for linking). it’s loaded automatically. I haven’t closed my browser yet. Maybe that’s helping. It seems easy enough to search for videos. This one is categorized in the Technology section.

Noteworthy about the video is that you finally get to see Barbara Weed walking while talking–we’ve seen her face and heard her voice, but never at the same time. Haworth the Cult Guy shows up walking around, too. There are some spectacularly institutional-looking buildings in the background, but the weather seems nice enough for the time of year. It’s got that sensationalized news story feel to it, with the pauses and the emphasizing and the emphatic silences at the ends of sentences.

FDR is based out of Canada, but it’s in England that all the coverage appears. It is a good object lesson for how one devoted spokesperson really does make a difference in awareness. Not that this is a novel observation or anything, but it’s an apt one. And I may be a lot of things, but I am always apt. I have aptitude.

It comes in handy.

Other Remarks
Three more new members have been banned from the site: Dash and Bearded Spock. You could sort of see it coming from their posts, but there hadn’t been an explicit banning for general contrariness in a while. The guys at Liberating Minds confirmed it a few days ago; someone clicked on their account names and the accounts were gone. I don’t know why they were checking–maybe they’ve got a mole. I bring it up now because Dash has been tracked down at another site (not by me–by one of the LiMi people), with an explanation of what happened:

“My Brief Experience with Stefan Part 1”
(There are four parts in all, and they follow in order down that page.)

It’s a pretty outrageous site, and it’s hard on the eyes, but the thread title (where his response appears) is called “Molyneux Cult Watch.” So that’s around if you want to read it. I did. It moves quick, and the guy is a good writer, so you don’t stumble over words on your way to sentences.

This excerpt (from “part 2”) encapsulates a lot of my thoughts about Molyneux and his thinking:

When the portion of the conversation where I was subjected to Stefan’s psychological analysis arrived, he used the fact that I didn’t ask him about his daughter like everyone else as evidence that I was never accepted by my parents. It proved the thesis he had built up.

From “part 3”:

Stefan’s thesis was that my parents didn’t accept me, so I respond in kind by not accepting other people. I don’t care what they have to say, I don’t even see them as people. And the fact that I never bothered to ask people what they were feeling was all the evidence he needed to make his thesis.

Now, I disagreed with his theory, but I welcome his input. So I go along with it, hoping to perhaps dig out some truth in what he’s saying, give my feedback to him, and he’ll develop his theory further. Stefan at one point asks the other members of the chat room whether they felt I was making them uncomfortable. I believe everyone who responded agreed with Stefan’s assertion. Except one fellow, who disagreed.

This fellow, whose response I only really understood later when I reviewed a log I had saved of the chat session, it turned out was sarcastically criticizing Stefan’s whole argument. He basically stated that there was nothing at all wrong with how I had been acting in the chat room. We all had been engaged in a fascinating discussion, everyone was enjoying it. I was one among many. Stefan appears, tells the class (his words) that I was making everyone uncomfortable, and everyone dutifully responded, “Yes, teacher!” And Stefan comes up with a theory that I act this way because my parents didn’t accept me. This guy says something like it’s amazing. Such brilliant empathy (shown by Stefan). It’s incredible. It’s insane! He clearly disagreed with Stefan’s ability, on such scant evidence, to invent a thesis that I was behaving in an incorrect manner, and that the reason I was doing so was because I was not accepted by my parents.

Stefan kicked him off the chat room.

If you read through “part 4,” you’ll see Dash plug the book, Shogun. I love Shogun! It’s a veritable meeting of the minds, he and I…

If you are curious about what Dash and other posters said before having their accounts deleted, you can search on their names with the “More Search Options” functions. Here are the posts written by Dash.

New account creation is still disabled at FDR. LiMi still welcomes all comers, although they recently had to ban someone. A shame, because now that could be spun against them if someone wanted to, but the poster was just being a nuisance and actually posted pornography. I saw it. It took me by surprise (although it’s gone now). I believe pornography violates the terms of the contract, so it’s all good.

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