Over the past few years, FortressEurope has been toughening its migration control devices in a desperate attempt to curb the failure of the project of modernity. In The West: Media Fortress we reflect – in light of recent events – on the productive and reproductive function of its organs of propaganda: the mass media. In their totalising ceremony we are outraged by the arrest of firefighters on the island of Lesbos as the bodies of children wash up on the beaches against a background of “likes”, banners, and ads telling us, “don’t way away, we’ll be back in six minutes”. How can we imagine new narratives if they can only spring from beyond the fortress? In a nutshell, how can we create new epistemologies?.