We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Major Media Crash: They Need a Scapegoat
I wasn't aware why this "fake news" issue suddenly started appearing in mainstream media (probably because I don't follow corporate media very much), but this assertion as expressed in the headline does make sense because of its timing right after the election. However, I wish that Rappoport would have provided a link to an illustration that attempted to explain or excuse how corporate media got the presidential election outcome so wrong.
I differ with some of Rappoport's assertions such as the internet companies had conspired from the beginning to promote capitalist ruling class (he refers to them as "elites") propaganda and his optimism about how people are turning to independent media in droves. However, in general, I think he makes some very good points.