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

Friday, January 19, 2018

Will the Mainstream Media EVER Talk About Economic Issues?

Click here to access article by Ghada Chehade from Ghada's Soapbox (Canada). (I'm sorry for this belated post, but I only discovered it this morning.)
Everywhere I looked, people of different races and ethnicities were getting along, and gasp, even helping one another out. While I am aware that there is racial tension in the US, it was not overwhelmingly apparent, at least not on the surface (and I say this as a brown person).
This Canadian visitor of Palestinian descent writes of her recent visit to New York City. She noticed how little coverage in mainstream media compared to the reality she experienced during her visit. She uses this experience to illustrate how she has been deceived by mainstream media to distract attention from the real issues facing most Americans.
What was undeniably palpable, however, is something the MSM never talks about: the massive economic disparity in cities like NYC. If there is a glaring and unavoidable tension, it is between the classes not the races. Yes, “class,” that five letter word that no one in the west is willing to address. Everywhere I went in NYC, class was painfully apparent. The gap between the haves and have-nots was wide and oppressive.
Although she didn't make an explicit inference or argument that mainstream media is a major function of the capitalist ruling class to hide their crimes and to distract people from the issues and problems that they are really facing day-to-day, her experience clearly illustrates this insight. Therefore, the answer to the question she posed in the headline is "never", or never as long as capitalism exists ... because mainstream media is "owned" by the ruling class, and its function is to distract and hide the ruling class's self-serving power to commit their crimes of extreme inequality (tiny islands of extreme wealth among oceans of extreme poverty) as well as the many wars the US Empire has been engaged in. Our ruling masters depend on people being ignorant of reality, and the function of mainstream media and all their institutions, including entertainment and education, are designed to maintain this ignorance.

While visiting this post, I discovered an excellent explanation of another topic of our ignorance that our masters have so successfully hidden form our view--it's about money. This I will deal with in a separate post that one conscientious person listed in a comment to this article. This, too, is an illustration of how we can, if we collaborate, pierce the many veils of secrecy, deception, and distraction that our masters create to keep us ignorant.