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  •  You're seeing politics as Team Sport rather (15+ / 0-)

    than as practical issues of power. So there's a simplistic formula: Democrats = Good, Republicans = Bad. Complicating things is the fact that on the face of it, it's true. And that people have been trained through consumerism to think that their emotions are an action.

    But still, cheering and jeering doesn't materially affect the power structure. Those making the decisions (and they are of both and neither parties), will gladly let us express our approval and disapproval all day. In fact, they prefer it to actual analysis, goal-defining, strategy, and tactics.

    For myself, it seems impossible that we can actually affect power without somehow forcing the mass-reach media cartels into either breaking up, or having ordinary people breaking into, the official narratives, with real-world narratives.

    People imagine that because they are free to express themselves on websites and twitter and shit that they've actually done something. Plus, the new technology is "new." And as we've all been trained since our first breath, unless you are over 70 years old "new" equals "good." And that's enough.

    But the new media simply cannot reach every single citizen within a day or two with the identical message. Our rulers have that ability with their agitation/propaganda instruments we call our Media. Which we should be making our venue, not theirs.

    When the facts are presented to a mass audience, the "progressive" view wins on that alone. Not ideology. Not faith, or "teamism." But because informed adults with humanly decent values will tend to come to a sane conclusion.

    Example: a rightwinger saying "look how much taxes Europeans pay for health care." I told them, "Well, what if you count your insurance payments a tax, then who's paying more? Europeans or you?" Suddenly, a light went on.

    But nothing like that will ever be permitted as a common topic of discussion. The Powers That Be are quite happy to have us say whatever we want in our little Internet Ghettos, safely tucked away from contact with those who are not like-minded, and pitting one team against the other.

    Stupidly and tragically, too many buy into it.

    The Internet is just the tail of the Corporate Media dog.

    by Jim P on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 10:37:52 PM PST

    •  That's one of the most intelligent and succinct (7+ / 0-)

      descriptions about our current state of affairs I've read; of course I not only agree with you 100%, I've developed the same conclusions as well.

      That's the situation; you know it; I know it; others reading this know it.  What are we going to do about it?  How are we going to break the massive mental control the media has over the population?

      Is there a way to break free of it?  What percentage do we have to "awaken" or "convert" in order to get something going?  Is it 3%, 5%, 10%?

      To me, that's exciting stuff; think of the possibilities.

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