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Posts on media distortion and my new book.

Podcasts: Left, Right, Up, and Down

Podcast Collage: The Ripple Effect, Deprogram, Unbridled Minds, Forbidden Knowledge News, Tarabuster, Grimerica Outlawed

It’s been a blast appearing on podcasts and independent media shows in the weeks since I finished the manuscript. If you’d like to get a sneak peek into the revelations of Red, White & Blind before it’s published, listen today to one of my podcast appearances listed below.

I would love to hear your thoughts on how I did and your advice on how I could improve. I was nervous on the first podcast, probably too casual on the second, and failed to stand up for myself on the third. But since those first few, I believe I’ve improved at dropping in when touchy topics arise and proclaiming without fear the key points of the book.

As for the book itself, I can’t wait to get it into your hands. The publication date will be announced very soon. Consider these podcasts a teaser of what five years of research into the history of media distortion and propaganda have taught me. Our media system is deceptive, and it’s a huge problem as we live through elections, pandemics, and wars, but we’re also living in a time with a New Enlightenment dawning around us. We can know more of the truth about world events than any humans living before us—if we build the media consciousness to navigate the news and penetrate the censorship plaguing social media.

The diverse range of shows that have hosted me means you probably get to choose an interview hosted by someone with whom you agree (although I always recommend a Balanced Media Diet). I’ve been interviewed by left-leaning hosts (Tarabuster, Dig on America), right-leaning hosts (Deprogram, Grimerica), hosts seeking concealed truths (Unbridled Minds, Forbidden Knowledge News) and hosts just wanting to interview interesting people (Ripple Effect).

I’ve listed each show below with a snippet of its self-description and a brief summary of how I think it went, so you can choose your own adventure. I find each one listed here to be worthwhile, but if you want to listen to just one, I’d recommend Unbridled Minds or The Ripple Effect.

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Posted in Balanced Media Diet | Book Tour | In the Media | Red, White & Blind
by Tony Brasunas on November 15, 2022

IT’S DONE: Cover, Title, Subtitle

Red, White & Blind (logo)

Many thanks for your thoughts, suggestions, and wisdom! Your votes for the book’s subtitle varied even more widely than those for the cover. Looking through the results, and talking to a range of people—including some of the Alpha and Beta Readers who read the full book—the first thing I realized was that I had to keep the subtitle short.

The second thing I realized was that I needed to combine both a tiny summary of the book and a brief focus on the book’s ultimately positive analysis about where our troubled media landscape is headed.

It was a bit like composing a haiku.

I couldn’t include censorship, propaganda, and disinformation in the subtitle. I couldn’t even have two of those buzzwords. I needed to choose one.

This first half of the subtitle came down to a dilemma between censorship and disinformation. Both concepts are central to the book’s premises and receive deep analysis. Your votes helped me to see that one of these words is more compelling to Americans in 2022 than the other. I believe I landed on the one with the widest interest: Disinformation.

Enlightenment vs Consciousness

Even tougher was composing the subtitle’s second half. How to summarize the positive paths I chart in the book—the reasons why I’m optimistic—in five words or less?

  • The New Enlightenment is the concept that ties the whole book together: We are living through the unfolding of a tumultuous age like the era that followed Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of the movable-type printing press in the 1400s. The internet and its unprecedented access to information is enabling universal human connection, revealing long-hidden aspects of reality, and dethroning entrenched arbiters of truth. This is a wild epoch taking us kicking and screaming into a brighter and more truthful future.
  • Media Consciousness is the state I urge all Americans to cultivate as we undergo this tumultuous time. If we can talk to people outside our echo chambers, if we can step outside our mental comfort zones, if we can follow a Balanced Media Diet, we can see through much of the censorship, propaganda, and disinformation. We can be part of the solution, and we can live wiser, fuller lives too. That’s how I see it.

Between these two central concepts of the book, the New Enlightenment is more all-encompassing, but I think it is ultimately too opaque an idea for people to comprehend prior to reading the book. The subtitles with this term received fewer votes than those proposing Media Consciousness, which many people liked.

And that was that.

After much consultation and contemplation, I landed on this cover, title, and subtitle. What do you think?

Red, White & Blind - front cover

I hope you like it as much as I do. I’m thrilled now to get this book into your hands and embark on this essential, modern conversation with you. How to be informed in a world full of deception?

This book is now with the publisher. The release date will be announced here very soon.

Thank you for all of your encouragement and assistance in helping me reach this point!

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Posted in Polls | Red, White & Blind | Writing
by Tony Brasunas on October 28, 2022

Vote on the Subtitle!

I’d be honored to have your help with one more part of this forthcoming book. First, thank you for voting on the cover of the book. It’s now set, and I think it’s a beauty.

Choosing a subtitle might not be as exciting or as sexy as the cover of the book, but these little words that follow the title might be even more important in determining who finds the book

  • Search engines index the subtitle.
  • Humans looking for a book like mine won’t likely search on the words “red,” “white,” or “blind.”
  • The subtitle should also be a concise but accurate summary of the contents of the book.
  • Finally, and maybe most important, the subtitle should be an attractive pitch for the book.

Yes, in the words of RUN DMC, choosing a subtitle is tricky.

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Posted in Polls | Red, White & Blind
by Tony Brasunas on September 16, 2022

REVEALED! The Cover

Don’t judge the book by it, but I’m revealing the cover today to my new book, Red, White & Blind.

My deep gratitude to all of you who reviewed the potential book covers in my previous post! Special thanks to you if you voted for your favorites and commented as to why you liked the ones you liked. That was very helpful. Thank you!

It came down to a two-horse race. The runner-up was one that many of you liked, the red cover with the dripping paint crossing out the title. And the winner was…

Go Watch the Cover Reveal >

Now that you’ve seen it…

What do you think? Do you like the imagery of the eye behind the blinds? What does it evoke for you? Does it pull you in? Scare you off? Is it memorable?

Please let me know in the comments on the video or here on my blog. It’s very helpful.

Special kudos to Kevin Christaldi in Oregon who pointed out that the pulls on the blinds shouldn’t be red lest they appear to be drops of blood in a thumnail image. Kevin, do they look better now? Or do they look like tears now?

The next poll, coming up, will focus on the subtitle. I’ve spent a lot of time hammering it out, but it’s still subject to change, and I’m curious of your thoughts. How does it strike you: “Unveiling Disinformation & Censorship at the Dawn of the New Enlightenment.”

Tell me in the comments below.

Thank you once again.

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Posted in Independent Publishing | Polls | Red, White & Blind
by Tony Brasunas on September 10, 2022

How to Ensure Emails Go to Your Inbox

Off-topic a bit, but important for some of you here. My substack is new and many of you are either new subscribers or were moved to substack from my legacy email list. Here are a quick set of steps to follow if you’re subscribed to my substack newsletter but the emails are disappearing or going into your Promotions folder on gmail.

I made a quick video on how to move messages from your Promotions folder to your inbox — and ensure they always go there.

The steps followed in the video are

  1. Go to your Promotions Folder
  2. Find the email from “Tony Brasunas at Red, White & Blind”
  3. Drag that email onto your Inbox tab
  4. Click YES to have this done for every email from me.

Here’s the video:

The video goes through the four steps to ensure my emails end up in your inbox, not the Promotions folder.

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Posted in Red, White & Blind
by Tony Brasunas on September 9, 2022

My First Podcast Appearance

  • Why couldn’t the media report on the lab leak theory of covid for over a year?
  • Why was I censored by Huffington Post?
  • Why is my forthcoming book called Red, White & Blind?

My heart was beating quickly. The host threw questions at me.

It was my first appearance on a podcast in my life. It was also the first public event talking about Red, White & Blind. Take a listen at the link below if you’re interested!

I was nervous for sure, but after 10 minutes or so I settled in. At least I think so. I explained what I mean by the term “the New Enlightenment,” how I compose a Balanced Media Diet, and what I propose as a business model for independent media. I even got into an interesting conversation with Mr. Parker about the term “conspiracy theorist.” 

I think I was able to articulate myself reasonably well, but let me know your thoughts in the comments below. What did I do well? What did I do poorly? It was my first time so I’m viewing it as a learning experience and your thoughts will be very helpful.

Take a listen if you’d like to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly about where I see media, censorship, and disinformation going in this country.

Deprogram with Michael Parker
Today’s Talk News Radio (TNTRadio)
Interview July 26, 2022
Podcast Interview (starts at 04:50) >

(By the way, TNTR is live radio. You’ll hear news updates and commercials during the podcast. Enjoy! Or skip over them.)

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Posted in Politics | Red, White & Blind
by Tony Brasunas on July 31, 2022