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

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Hollywood Propaganda

from New Left Project

This article features an interview with Matthew Alford, author of “Reel Power: Hollywood Cinema and American Supremacy", about the myth of liberal Hollywood and the power of entertainment as propaganda. 

It provides an excellent illustration of how concentrated the system of capitalism has become in the US by focusing on the Hollywood entertainment industry and its carefully crafted messages that serve the Empire. More than ever before, all significant sectors of this system including also mainstream media and educational institutions faithfully serve the needs of the ruling class by indoctrinating their subjects with the right ideas and information.