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, October 6, 2018
Even In “Revolutionary Countries”, Mass Media Is Still In the Hands of The Right
Vltchek, a world traveling journalist, explains why people in the "developing" countries, especially dramatically like Vietnam, are so easily co-opted by the US Empire. It's the worldwide nature of Western media corporations providing them exclusively with news and information that serves the capitalist ruling classes of the Empire. However, he sees progress in the advanced capitalist countries with the growth of alternative media. I disagree with this last view.
There has been some progress made by alternative media up until the Spring of 2017 in the countries of the Empire. Since then we have witnessed a considerable push-back by our capitalist masters with very successful results. Many alternative websites (including this one) have seen a decline in numbers of viewers. Our masters in the ruling classes have been successfully using Facebook, Twitter, Google, and all the other social media outlets and search engines to quiet and censor dissenting voices (see this, this, this, this, this, and this).