Remember when Dear Leader yanked the ribbon on the wondrous Scientology Media Productions facility back in May 2016?
It was offered up as the latest solution to make planetary clearing a reality – following in a long line of promises, from the Golden Age of Tech to Super Power and the Golden Age of Tech II. The Basics. The Golden Age of Knowledge. The largest digital printing plant on earth. The new Bridge Publications. Ideal Orgs. The NN, APS, WTH headquarters. Golden Era productions, the largest free standing studio state-of-the-art audio-visual production facility….
Here is some of the hype gushed by Miscavige at that opening. He is worse than a politician who makes endless promises and never fulfills any of them. Politicians at least have some sort of excuse — they need to get elected (Miscavige doesn’t). And if they DO get elected, they are unable to get their grandiose plans through the buraucracy (he dictates and it shall be done).
“Our uncorrupted communication line to the billions,” said David Miscavige, the religion’s ecclesiastical leader, in a speech to more than 10,000 Scientologists and friends at the inauguration of the Church’s global media center. “Because as the saying goes, if you don’t write your own story, someone else will. So, yes, we’re now going to be writing our story like no other religion in history. And it’s all going to happen right here from Scientology Media Productions.”
Scientology Media Productions (SMP) is poised to broadcast important, good, vital news to the world. News reaching TV screens; facts and opinion destined to radios; magazines hot off of digital presses; information beamed to computers, tablets and cellphones.
Yes, Scientology is in the news—that’s certainly proof that the religion is so interesting. But now Scientology Media Productions IS the media.
Except it isn’t anything of the sort. They have produced NO media other than perhaps a couple of TV ads. But that was nothing new. They have been doing those ads and the event videos at the “state-of-the-art” 500 acre worker’s paradise of Golden Era productions for decades.
Dear Leader prattled on:
Mr. Miscavige commented that to spread the religion’s word, Scientology’s own media must be created. “Such has been our quest,” he said. “And why this facility represents the final component of an interlocking system for our global Scientology communications.”
Scientology Media Productions will be the nerve center spreading the Church’s message to the world, and a resource to the ever-growing number of Scientology Churches, humanitarian endeavors and social betterment programs throughout the globe.
The alternative facts just roll off his tongue — “the ever-growing number of Scientology Churches…” There has not been a NEW scientology church in decades but a few HAVE closed down. Even recently LA Day and Fdn and ASHO Day and Fdn were combined. London and CC London. Las Vegas and CC Las Vegas. Portland and CC Portland. etc
Noting that “the average young adult spends 10 hours of every day on the Internet, and someone searches for ‘the meaning of life’ every five seconds, while someone else searches for answers about ‘spirituality’ six times per second,” Mr. Miscavige said that “SMP will harness the power of every social media outlet imaginable to provide those answers.”
“So for the 95 percent of the world’s population that listens to the radio every day,” Mr. Miscavige said, “and the average viewer who spends some 40 hours glued to a TV every week, the obvious answer was: our own radio station, our own TV channel, and our own broadcasting facilities.”
Lot of crickets. No radio programs. No blogs. No podcasts. Nothing. Even the free stuff that anyone can do. Tony Ortega and I have better internet and social media presence than the “state-of’the-art” SuMP that is “harnessing the power of ever social media outlet imaginable.”
It’s the most modern and sophisticated digital media facility of its kind on the planet. Scientology’s worldwide activities including humanitarian and social betterment campaigns, as well as news of current world events, are fed into Central Ingest, the studio’s international media clearinghouse, and accessible throughout the facility’s broadcasting, audio and publication operations. All of that is linked at its core by 27 miles of fiber optic cable connecting a cluster of super computers with a combined capacity of 3.2 million gigabytes of information and media platforms, distributed to proprietary databases for instant translation.
SMP is not merely an evolutionary advance for the religion—it is a major gift for the community. “We also open our doors to humanitarian organizations, charities and religions of every denomination in Los Angeles,” Mr. Miscavige said. “Our facilities will be open for all manner of community events, telethons, religious programming of all faiths, you name it.”
Well, it may be all modern and have gigabytes of super computers and fiber optic cable, but like his ideal orgs with marble floors and custom woven rugs, it sits idle, gathering dust and doing absolutely nothing. And I would bet there has not been a SINGLE “community event, telethon or religious programming of all faiths…” since this white elephant had it’s ribbon yanked. Not a one.
On the scientology website at the end of this story, they list out some of the other wonders that were promised to “make planetary clearing a reality” all of which have amounted to nothing, just like SuMP:
This past decade has further seen the Church embark upon major projects to spread Scientology’s message of help and hope.
It first came with the establishment of Bridge Publications, the world’s largest all-digital, print-on-demand facilities to make LRH materials available anywhere, everywhere and in any language.
Next came the creation of Scientology’s International Dissemination and Distribution Center in Los Angeles, the Church’s cutting edge, 185,000-square-foot, printing and distribution operation.
And all in addition to the Church’s first class film studio at Golden Era Productions, where all LRH Scientology training films are produced.
Finally, came Scientology Media Productions.
“Consider all we have to offer by way of real answers, actual Truth and unconditional Help. At which point, the question becomes: How do we bring those answers to everyone, in every language of Earth?” Mr. Miscavige said. “That answer of course lay in what LRH reiterated as the vital necessity of coming to terms with correct orders of magnitude.”
“To at least conceive of those orders of magnitude, as in, seven-billion human beings. Well, in light of what you witnessed thus far, and what you are about to witness, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to ask: Can you conceive of it now?”
So, now we finally come to what prompted this posting.
A new email about “igniting the golden age of dissemination” — and guess what?
They want more money to get SuMP “broadcasting soon.”
IGNITING THE GOLDEN AGE OF DISSEMINATION!
SMP is engineered for the future. Most broadcast facilities started many
decades ago when technology was very different. Every year these operations
changed the technology enough to get through the next year. SMP is
different. From the very beginning, the Church reimagined what the studio
for the future would look like and built the perfect media facility for
creation and distribution of content.
SMP’s arsenal of online media will include live productions and
video-on-demand broadcasting; “over the top” streaming to computers,
tablets, TVs, Internet TV boxes and automobile internet-enabled devices;
broadcasting and Internet radio and podcasts; websites; social media; and
creation of apps that funnel all of the above to users, able to reach any
connected device, 24/7, anywhere in the world and in multiple languages.
HELP SMP BROADCASTING SOON. BUY THE BASICS LEATHERBOUND EDITIONS OR DONATE!
Apart from the strange grammar and syntax, whoever wrote this (I assume it is someone that works at SuMP) really doesn’t even understand the terminology they are using: “over the top streaming to computers”? “creation of apps that funnel all of the above to users”? “able to reach any connected device, 24/7, anywhere in the world”? (like wow, what a breakthrough…)
This whole thing is just another fundraising/tax scam. Raise funds for the building. Raise funds for the renovations. Raise funds for getting it operating. And all the while use it to “prove” massive expansion. And demonstrate that funds ARE being used to “provide a public benefit” to protect against enforcement of IRS regulations (in case you wondered why they always say these buildings are “available to the community”)
“Alternative facts” might be too kind to describe the antics of scientology. And they cannot even be accused of “fake news” because they produce none at all.
Perhaps the best description of this whole thing is summed up in a single, old-school term: bullshit.