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  •  The Media............. (1+ / 0-)
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    elwior

    Is where the real power is because they control the narrative. Corporations are using our public airwaves for free and are making boatloads of cash. Bain Capital owns Clear Channel and had revenues of 6 billion in 2011 while slashing jobs and destroying the Radio Industry. Comcast,Disney and News Corp, all had revenues north of 30 Billion in 2011.

    It appears to me that we do not have a Government for The People. We have a Government for the Corporations. Fascism is here and this Republican versus Democrat dance is just a charade. This is just my humble opinion folks...............

    •  Max Headroom (0+ / 0-)

      I feel like I am living in that show in some ways.  It was on in the late 1980s.   It was a science fiction show that only ran one season, and it started with "20 minutes into the future"  telling me, even back then, how close we were to the corporations running government thru the ownership of media.   No internet available to most of us then, so understanding it all was happening much harder in reality, for most of us.  

      I think what tipped it for me (i.e., the connection to that scifi world that was created) was reality television shows. In Max Headroom reality shows were used to gin up fear and loathing of fellow citizens.  

      Even now, in the midst of all of it, trying to explain to even some of my more conservative friends/family (people who are educated and smart and not at all like the tea party dolts) that austerity is bad, will hurt us all, is difficult.   I am astounded by how many buy into the "we need to run government like our family budget".    And then when they hear the likes of Brokaw explaining how "we all need to sacrifice"  they really buy it.  I try to explain it.  To them I am the old liberal hippie loving elder from the 60s.....and some of these people are or will be dependent on SS and Medicare to survive and they still don't get it or don't care.  Frustrating because so many give so much credence to this corporate talking heads, getting them to read alternative sources is next to impossible.

      “We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.” Louis D. Brandeis

      by Jjc2006 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 05:42:15 AM PST

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      •  yo max....... (0+ / 0-)

        sorry for delay in replying but i work a 7 day swing shift and i cant keep up sometimes. Brokaw is one of many who piss me off too but the point I was tying to make was there there are so many uninformed people who believe everything these ass clowns say that ultimately, this leads them to vote against their best interests. peace out bro...............

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