How Could This (not) Happen?

Media has a major role to play in the mediation of consciousness, the mediation of reality.
Jerry Mander

Three points of view:

To help bring some perspective to the shock many are feeling I invite you to hold and ponder together three interrelated points of view.

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democracy

Politics is Theater

Culture is a meta-ego created and sustained by the same source, fear and conflict, which spawned our personal ego. This meta-ego suffers from the same dis-eases; comparison, jealously, revenge, self-centered aggression, depression, pride, humiliation and all the rest. Culture is a group mind and that mind was created and shaped by the same egotistical fearful selfishness that defines our individual images of self. When that image is not – neither is the disease.

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democracy
media
television-computers

The Flag is Still Waving, Barely

lincoln

Happy Fourth of July, bombs bursting in air, the war torn flag still waving, barely.

Corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people, until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.

Abraham Lincoln
November 21, 1864
Letter to Col. William F. Elkins

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democracy
freedom

There’s plenty of money…

war $$

There’s plenty of money…
For fear, agression and profits

Next time you hear we don’t have enough money for the local food bank, homeless mothers, health care, uncrowded classrooms, roads, clean water, natural food, school lunches without pink-slime, elder care and other social needs…  Watch the video.

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democracy
freedom

Media Sanity Tool Kit

media sanity

A friend sent along a few political cartoons. More propaganda, I mused. A few days laterI came across a Bill Moyers interview with Marty Kaplan, director of USC's Norman Lear Center and an entertainment industry veteran.The Moyers interview vindicated, point by point, my rant below responding to the many ways propaganda continues to influence all our lives.

I replied…

moyers link
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democracy
freedom
media
television-computers

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