And I guess it's not in the old media's interest to give the new media credence. It was an interesting statement, nonetheless, on how they thought that the internet did not adequately reflect the will of the people, but the opinions of the remaining few people with land-lines did.
Bernie has shown that, through social media, an extraordinary coalition of disparate peoples can collaborate to create a breathtakingly effective campaign team. With just sheer enthusiasm fuelling them, the self-organizing abilities of normal people have given birth to countless inspiring memes, videos, original songs and animations, campaigns, slogans, merchandise, activities, meet-ups, and protests.
When Hillary Clinton charged up to $323,000 a plate at a fundraising dinner, individual Berners held potluck dinners in their own homes at $27 a donation. This wasn't the brain-child of a topiary-bearded campaign genius working his magic for a handsome paycheck -- this was just a fun idea from the heart of the collective. This was not people being told what to do -- this was people deciding what they want to do. And that's the key difference. People want Bernie. They're not choosing from the lesser of two evils -- they are inspired and delighted and enthused and energized by him.
It's the organization of people en masse that is truly inspiring. Bernie's rallies have become legendary, as rockstar-capacity stadiums are filled with tens of thousands of people. And just yesterday, in what may be the most exciting peaceful activism since the Occupy movement (which has to be given its considerable due for bringing into consciousness the concept of the one percent and seeding the ground for Bernie's grassroots campaign), Democracy Spring held a jaw-droppingly effective sit-in at Capitol Hill that forced even the mainstream media to report it.
Reports about this movement are hard to come by. That's another thing that can't be unseen post-Bernie. The sheer obstinance of the mainstream media in refusing to report on this extraordinary blossoming of grassroots activism throughout America is making people sit up and take notice. The more people who get involved in Bernie's campaign through social media, the more people there are to notice and talk about the seemingly deliberate attempt by news outlets to first blackout, diminish, mock and belittle the Sanders momentum. There are more eyes than ever on the manipulations of the media, and more questions being asked about who controls the media, which candidates they choose to fund and why, and how they might be a little more invested and a little less objective than they would like us all to think.
You would think that the breakneck rise of a 74 year-old Jewish socialist senator from obscurity to stadium-filler in less than a year would be a journalist's wet dream. It's got all the elements of a great story -- it's part Rocky, part Hunger Games, with a lead character who has captured the public's imagination as a cross between Jesus Christ and a Disney princess.