Informed Sources reviewed by John Sinclair, East Village Other (1969)
Willard Bain’s book was originally printed by the Communications Company in San Francisco the summer of 1967 and given away free in the streets. Informed Sources is the first post-Burroughsian novel, post-McLuhan also; and in its intentions and design strictly contemporary. Bain, (who has the same initials as Burroughs—WSB—strangely enough) has gotten down to the simple major questions of control and power and what language has to do with it.
Information, is the thing that will set people free. Informed Sources. Language is the primary control device in western culture. You believe what you hear and see, but if you are given access to only a small fragment of the whole spectrum of information, your possibilities are extremely limited. If you are brought up on television and the daily press and the attendant honkie media (including the church and the American educational system) you will be given to believe, until you get the chance to find out for yourself by going out into the world, that everyone lives like a honkie in America except the crooks, commies, filthy scum dope fiend rock and roll demonstrators, black power advocates, and other deviates, and these people are all your (and America’s) enemies. It’s only when you start to become one of these types that you find out how the media have been brainwashing you. You read about yourself or your friends in the papers and you can see just how much the honkie media will manipulate information in order to keep people under control.