They say a picture is worth more than a thousand words ....
Lately I’ve started getting into photo-editing and moviemaking. I’ve downloaded a free photo editing program called GIMP and I have Windows moviemaker installed on my computer, so getting started was fairly straight forward. All I had to do was to set aside some time, obtain some free information from the net and start to take it all in. I should perhaps also mention that it’s a lot of fun and it is very rewarding. When you’re making video clips you really get to use your creative skills, not to mention that you get the see the results of your efforts once you’ve finished. You also have the option of uploading your clips onto YouTube, which is basically a big poster board for multimedia clips. If you’re talented, lucky or clever your videos have the potential of being watched by millions of people all over the world and to leave a profound impression on them. That was probably the biggest reason for taking the time to learn about these things, because it’s a lot easier to get a message out to the masses via YouTube and similar video site than it is through a personal blog consisting of mainly written material, and which compared to YouTube receives very few visitors.
Don’t get me wrong, blogs are powerful tools and they have been instrumental in changing public perception, but in this day and age where everything is fast paced and where people don’t have the patience to spend ten - fifteen minutes reading a text no matter how good or informative it is, a five to ten minute video clip is an ideal alternative.
Why? Because watching a video clip doesn’t require a lot of effort, and the effects are much more profound on the recipient. Reading about the passenger jets flying into the twin towers in NYC on that horrible September day does not evoke the same emotions as watching actual footage of the doomed planes hitting the two skyscrapers, or similarly watching a Muslim mob go bonkers over an innocuous cartoon of Mohammad does tend to give the viewer a better understanding of the rage of the mob as opposed to just reading about in a newspaper article.
Anyone trying to change the public perception or to get a message across via the internet is well advised to present his/her information in a multimedia format.
I also believe that this is a path that the counter-jihad community should pursue more aggressively. Vlad over at Vladtepesblog.com does a very good job in presenting informative and interesting video clips that the MSM in many cases try to hush down or completely sweep under the carpet. With access to a network of translators it’s also easy to spread important foreign language videos that would otherwise go unnoticed in the English speaking world. There is no getting away from it, Europe is today the epicentre where the struggle against Islam will either be won or lost in the western world, and because the vast majority of the European countries don’t use English as their first language, the work of the translators is critical, but so is Vlad’s effort and others like him that make these clips available for others to watch.
The impact of motion pictures is so enormous that it has the power to determine political elections, as was the case with the latest US election where both candidates spent millions of dollars on prime time TV ads in order to ensure that their message got across to the voters. Both candidates where drilled by a variety of professional media experts on how to behave and present themselves on TV in general, and on public TV debates in particular. If any of these candidates had opted to ignore the TV side of the campaign and focus more on written material they would have been truly and utterly defeated.
The well informed and those who follow politics closely would probably have preferred such a scenario, but it would have been lost on the average person. And that’s also the way it is in the fight against Islam and oppressive political correctness. Those who are deeply concerned about these issues read countless of articles and in-depth analysis, but the ones who aren’t or simply don’t get it, unfortunately don’t. And they are the ones that we need to reach out to and get onboard.
Even an ordinary blog post would become more potent if its content was presented as a slideshow which also included still pictures and music. Not because the people that worry about Islam wouldn’t read the blog post, but because the uninformed or the uninterested probably wouldn’t invest the necessary time and effort that it takes to read through an article containing 800 -900 words on the subject of Islam. However chances are that they would watch a video on the subject, and chances are that they would probably be left with a more profound impression of the information presented to them.
It’s not my intention to be arrogant, pompous or act superior here, but I honestly believe that that is the way it is.
My advice to anyone who wants to get involved in the fight against the spread of Islam, political correctness and multiculturalism would therefore be to focus more on the multimedia aspect of things as this is going to have the greatest impact.
Odds are that the people who read this blog post, or just scan it, will remember the image of Jens Stoltenberg at the start of it more clearly a few months down the track rather than the words that I have written here, which only proves the point that I am trying to make here.