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The Great American Media Mind Warp

Here is an excerpt from the blog of Joe Bageant, author of Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War.
...having been in the media business one way or another for almost 40 years, and having watched it increasingly take on a life of its own, I know that nothing of significance in the news is what it appears to be. This is not the result of some media conspiracy, mind you, but rather that the people working in the media have internalized the process so thoroughly they do not even know they are conditioned creatures in a larger corporate/state machine. Put simply, Katie Couric and the dumbshits grinding out your local paper actually believe they are in the news business. In today's system, everybody is a patsy for the new corporate global order of things -- the well-coiffed talking head, the brain dead audience, even the terrorists themselves. All play out their parts in our holographic image and information process.

All Americans, regardless of caste, live in a culture woven of self-referential illusions. Like a holographic simulation, each part refers exclusively back to the whole, and the whole refers exclusively back to the parts. All else is excluded by this simulated reality. Consequently, social realism in this country is a television commercial for America, a simulated republic of eagles and big box stores, a good place to live so long as we never stray outside the hologram. The corporate simulacrum of life has penetrated us so deeply it now dominates the mind's interior landscape with its celebrities and commercial images. Within the hologram sparkles the culture-generating industry, spinning out our unreality like cotton candy.


You can hear a great interview with Joe Bageant here:

http://www.electricpolitics.com/podcast/2007/07/reivers_redress.html

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victoriapandora
Aug. 13th, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
This was a great interview... I wish there were more like him and Jim Goad. I left this area at a very early age. But took a lasting appreciation for the honest values of these people and their ability to see through the BS of politics, and anything that struck them as insincere or fancy. There was a much stronger sense of community, translate… “family values” (which I resent having become a code word for the pro-lifers).
Coming back many years later, yes, I was astounded to see how they’d fallen right into the hands of the political party that was giving them a royal screwing.
No wonder he just went to Belize. Something I myself considered doing… thinking back on it, I may have fallen prey to disinfo about Belize even. I read too many articles about how it was all ex-pat criminals running from the American justice system. I am starting to think that by the time this all makes sense it will be too late.
Anyway, rant aside, thank-you for this link
kmo
Aug. 13th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
rant aside, thank-you for this link
My pleasure.

Feel free to share the wealth.
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