Mercury Direct, Your Digital Life and Brian Williams

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Tonight’s program is dedicated to Mercury stationing direct — with special attention to the themes of Mercury in Aquarius, and events out to the Aquarius New Moon Feb. 18. Then I consider the influence of digital life on our actual life, or rather, the ways in which they are merging. As part of this discussion, I look into the scenario wherein Brian Williams lied about his experiences as an embedded journalist in Iraq. This program is sponsored by our Core Community members. Here is what we offer to those who take advantage of our services.

TV is too glamorous for its own good -- Brian Williams, managing editor and anchor of NBC Nightly News.

TV is too glamorous for its own good — Brian Williams, managing editor and anchor of NBC Nightly News, who is currently suspended indefinitely for lying about his experiences in Iraq.

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Tonight’s program is dedicated to Mercury stationing direct — with special attention to the themes of Mercury in Aquarius. I look at the current astrology, which includes Sun, Vesta and Mercury in Aquarius, and many planets in Pisces. I cover events out to the Aquarius New Moon, and the Moon and Sun ingressing Pisces on Feb. 18.

Then, I consider the influence of digital life on our actual life, or rather, the ways in which they are merging. This is a bigger deal than we know, stranger than we’re aware and it is indeed a transformation of epic proportions. As part of this discussion, I look into the scenario wherein Brian Williams lied about his experiences as an embedded journalist in Iraq.

One theme I cover is that of “what is true and what is not?” I mention an article by Vicki Monks called “See No Evil,” from American Journalism Review. Here is that article, reprinted on my Dioxin Dorms website.

11 thoughts on “Mercury Direct, Your Digital Life and Brian Williams

  1. Len WallickLen Wallick

    Wow, thanks Eric. i just love the term “digital life”. Then from that to discernment and on to mindfulness (woven in with drivers in your local environment), wow. The very fact that you were able to pull this show off during Mercury station is evidence of your multi-mastery and reason to consider this (in a very subtle, yet substantial sense) one of your best podcasts ever. Just like the song says, you took me out from under and up from here. No small achievement.

  2. Amy Elliott

    Loved this show, which gives a lot of food for thought. I do feel that since we have become participants on social media, integrity has somehow been replaced by image. It’s very easy to manipulate one’s image by simply controlling what is shown and not shown. The unfortunate consequence, which I think many do not yet realise, is that all this deception changes the moral framework of, as you rightly call it, the environment. We now live in a state of being where compromising the truth is almost as easy as breathing, and no fallout ever reaches us – except for the occasional Brian Williams.

  3. Amanda PainterAmanda Painter

    I don’t condone Brian Williams’ lie, and I sincerely hope that what he experienced was closer to an “honest” elision of memory than an outright attempt to get away with deceit. Memory is, after all, quite fallible.

    That said, I can’t help but point out what so many others have elsewhere: Williams gets booted for one major lie, whereas FOX News is able to lie for years (decades?) and is still going strong. If only there was a way to put FOX News on “indefinite leave” as well…

  4. Eric Francis Post author

    I think it was actually a pretty minor lie. Another vehicle in his convoy came under fire. This qualifies as a “war story,” which is not acceptable for a news reporter, especially in his position. The real coverup is that he is being scapegoated for the meaningful, far worse lies of the media involving the Iraq war. It’s convincing, too. But Williams is getting what Wolf Blitzer had coming to him.

    1. Amanda PainterAmanda Painter

      ah — i see what you mean, esp re: minor/major. i think i used “major” because it was a lie / war story so easily refuted by others who were there, given today’s technology — and yes, because he is a news reporter of stature.

      for sure, the lies about the war are far, far worse.

      1. Eric Francis Post author

        right and this is a big statement, “We, the media, have integrity. We punish those who lie.” As it turns out, they punish those who are dumb enough to blow the cover of fake news. Plus, is it really proportional to fine him $5 million for bullshitting? Seriously? If it’s that bad, throw him out onto the street without his jacket or the chance to clean out his desk.

        The other angle of this is, apparently he was quite a fibber. He just exaggerated things. So am I to believe that NBC’s fact checkers didn’t pick up this, say, five years ago? His program brought in $200 million in ad revenue every year. One program. One year — nearly a quarter billion dollars.

        I mean…gee whiz.

        1. Amy Elliott

          It does seem like an overkill punishment for a lie that was of little real consequence, easily caught out, and stupid as opposed to malicious. I was only really suggesting that this kind of deception is made easy, and in most cases undetectable, by all the self-publishing technology we have access to.

  5. Eris67

    Well…The reality of the matter is…Does he kiss his mother with the same mouth he lies with
    …possibly he has redirected his feelings to an innocent bystander…however on a more friendly note,..his mother probably loves him anyway…Karmas a doozy Ive been told…unless thats been redirected too…

    Peace and love brothers and sisters

  6. JereJere

    After milling this over a bit, I’m not sure what conversation you’re trying to elicit. Social commentary regarding perceived implication of electric communication? Personal trust/integrity issues? The line between or surrounding the food you eat and the work you do? Just plain ‘mindful awareness’?

    I sat down to listen with notepad in hand, to find myself just kicking back listening, holding to a somewhat disjointed string of thoughts (though ridable) in my own head. Still, leaves me scritchin’.?

    This is an interesting trip but, I’m not quite sure what you’re getting at.

    From one life form to all others’, thanks for allowing me to work through my asshole complex so that I might develop more constructive communication skills.

    Jere

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