The relatively recent emergence of America's alternative media, which this year has snowballed into a victory for Donald Trump, is now a subject of close examination by puzzled experts from around the world. Analyzing alternative media's success story, this German-language article acknowledges the part played in it by The People's Cube and its founder, Oleg Atbashian.
Published in the RT DEUTSCH website, the article focuses on Breitbart News' plans to expand into the German market, given the popular demand for alternative viewpoints in a country suffocated by the "mainstream" leftist media, with a real chance to change the political climate and promote local varieties of the Trump movement in Europe.
In this context, the satirical People's Cube is used as an example of such influence, having inspired Bluthilde - a German parody site that comments on current events from the perspective of East German communist hard-liners. Let me also add that Bluthilde's author was, in fact, a People's Cube member, posting comments and stories on The People's Cube. The article even mentions our earlier project, Communists for Kerry (2004), which at the time also inspired similar projects in France and Australia.
In fact, since The People's Cube's founding in 2005, it has inspired quite a few similar projects around the world, including Scotland, France, Brazil, and Spain. Many of these sites are now defunct, which is normal among alternative media outlets that are run by enthusiasts on personal time and zero budget.
In the U.S., a number of The People's Cube contributors have wound up starting their own blogs, including Blur-Brain, The Fine Report, and, most notably, the wildly successful IOTW Report, whose creators refer to The People's Cube as the "mother site."
Over the eleven years of its existence, The People's Cube graphics and stories have been reproduced in various books, magazines, and newspapers around the world, and translated into French, Dutch, Hebrew, Russian, and other languages. That doesn't include countless re-posting of our materials in a great number of blogs, news sites, and social media. Our authors come from around the world, too: the U.S., Canada, U.K., France, Belgium, Germany, Australia, Poland, Israel, Brazil, and even South Africa.
You can get a more or less decent English translation of the entire article, Trump Today: US media platform Breitbart News wants to conquer Germany, by right-clicking the page in Google Chrome, or by using any other online translator. Below is a slightly cleaned-up English version of the relevant paragraph.
…At the same time [Andrew Breitbart] was influenced by conservative talk-radio luminaries like Rush Limbaugh and also witnessed the rise of numerous guerrilla media projects that mushroomed in the mid-2000s in support of George W. Bush and his agenda. These included, among others, "Pajamas Media", still existing as PJ Media (Breitbart was a frequent contributor there), or the parody project "The People's Cube," originating from the troll group "Communists for Kerry", led by Oleg Atbashian, an ex-Soviet propaganda artist of Ukrainian origin. A German pendant of "The People's Cube" was the satirical blog "Bluthilde", active from 2009 to 2012.
Yes, those were the days. The number of alt-media websites has quadrupled since then, with some of them easily exceeding the popularity of legacy media sites. But even though the media landscape has changed, The People's Cube continues to maintain its niche, consistently earning its place on the lists of America's top conservative websites.
Let me finish with this short video of Andrew Breitbart and me, taken in 2011 by Mr. Pinko, formerly of IOTW.
aka "Red Square"
Department of Visual Agitation and Unanimity
Comrades, he said, we will liberate the masses and achieve world domination through "other means."
And so, the 'alt-media' was born.
Ivan Betinovwe are the most progressive of the Progressive thinkers, so we must all be above the norm.
If the more progressive one is, the smarter one is, then the communists must be smartest people on earth, way above Mensa. And we, as their thought-leaders, stand even higher than that. There can't possibly be anyone higher on the smart scale than us - except maybe for the Elders of Zion.
Ivan Betinov... [we] the most progressive of the Progressive thinkers, so we must all be above the norm.
Red Square... There can't possibly be anyone higher on the smart scale than us <+ single exception>.
And then let's also note that what the "norm" actually is, that's not left to organs of useful idiots (like NYT) gauging masses of total idiots (like Trumpsters) penned up on rungs beneath them.
Nay, what the "norm" is, the calibration, that's left to top organs i. e. to our Party's Kubic Organ - a simple dialectical corollary of Comrade Director’s crystal clear analysis.
Verily, you don't see brainiacs like our Comrade Betinov elsewhere, outside the glorious Kube.
Ivan BetinovGiven that the average Trump voter is, according to reliable sources like CNN and the New York Times, an uneducated and uncultured individual, I have sometimes wondered what the education level of the various contributors to the People's Cube might be. After all, we are the most progressive of the Progressive thinkers, so we must all be above the norm.
We're like the children in Lake Wobegon, Comrade! All of us are above average!
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