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Orwellian_Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-18-08 12:19 PM
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40. A pleasure and an obligation
Spectator Democracy

...Walter Lippman, who was the dean of American journalists, a major foreign and domestic policy critic and also a major theorist of liberal democracy...argued that what he called a "revolution in the art of democracy," could be used to "manufacture consent," that is, to bring about agreement on the part of the public for things that they didn't want by the new techniques of propaganda....

...He argued that in a properly-functioning democracy there are classes of citizens. There is first of all the class of citizens who have to take some active role in running general affairs. That's the specialized class. They are the people who analyze, execute, make decisions, and run things in the political, economic, and ideological systems. That's a small percentage of the population... Those others, who are out of the small group, the big majority of the population, they are what Lippman called "the bewildered herd." We have to protect ourselves from the trampling and rage of the bewildered herd...

...So we need something to tame the bewildered herd, and that something is this new revolution in the art of democracy: the "manufacture of consent." The media, the schools, and popular culture have to be divided. For the political class and the decision makers have to give them some tolerable sense of reality, although they also have to instill the proper beliefs. Just remember, there is an unstated premise here. The unstated premise -- and even the responsible men have to disguise this from themselves -- has to do with the question of how they get into the position where they have the authority to make decisions. The way they do that, of course, is by serving people with real power. The people with real power are the ones who own the society, which is a pretty narrow group. If the specialized class can come along and say, I can serve your interests, then they'll be part of the executive group. You've got to keep that quiet. That means they have to have instilled in them the beliefs and doctrines that will serve the interests of private power. Unless they can master that skill, they're not part of the specialized class. They have to be deeply indoctrinated in the values and interests of private power and the state-corporate nexus that represents it. If they can get through that, then they can be part of the specialized class. The rest of the bewildered herd just have to be basically distracted. Turn their attention to something else....

...In what is nowadays called a totalitarian state, then a military state, it's easy. You just hold a bludgeon over their heads, and if they get out of line you smash them over the head. But as society has become more free and democratic, you lose that capacity. Therefore you have to turn to the techniques of propaganda. The logic is clear. Propaganda is to democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state....


Here's to the people's media which starts with you.

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  -WHO OWNS THE U.S. CORPORATE MEDIA? Orwellian_Ghost  Jan-17-08 08:59 PM   #0 
  - And that is why it is time to start breaking up these Mega Corporations.  MadMaddie   Jan-17-08 09:03 PM   #1 
  - Oprah owns a big hunk of it, but you left her out nt  msongs   Jan-17-08 09:04 PM   #2 
  - What big chunk of it does Oprah own?  donheld   Jan-18-08 04:49 AM   #21 
  - Oprah will have her own network soon. OWN. Or Oprah Winfrey Network. Blows my mind.  TheGoldenRule   Jan-18-08 09:48 AM   #33 
     - She won't be the first n/t  spokane   Jan-18-08 07:09 PM   #51 
  - Thanks for this...  shoopnyc   Jan-17-08 09:05 PM   #3 
  - Interconnected  Orwellian_Ghost   Jan-17-08 09:07 PM   #4 
  - Big Media Interlocks with Corporate America  Orwellian_Ghost   Jan-17-08 09:09 PM   #5 
  - "We the mainstream people" need to be looking at a president who seeks..  Triana   Jan-17-08 10:03 PM   #9 
  - I was particularly interested in your "talk clock" which shows the corp media's favorite Dem  Sarah Ibarruri   Jan-17-08 09:16 PM   #6 
  - Great timing, I just had a debate with a hard core right winger  liberal N proud   Jan-17-08 09:19 PM   #7 
  - But were Iowa & NH stolen? That's the question. nt  TheGoldenRule   Jan-18-08 09:51 AM   #34 
  - something doesn't make sense about these numbers  onenote   Jan-17-08 09:35 PM   #8 
  - Thanks for pointing this out  Oeditpus Rex   Jan-18-08 01:30 PM   #47 
  - Frightening,isn't it?  Fed_Up_Grammy   Jan-17-08 10:08 PM   #10 
  - "Free Press" my ass. Even with 60 it's still elitist.  JanMichael   Jan-17-08 10:19 PM   #12 
  - no wonder we have no real news anymore  madokie   Jan-17-08 10:19 PM   #13 
  - And instead of passing legislation to curtail this trend, our Congress  southerncrone   Jan-17-08 10:22 PM   #14 
  - like a virus, attaches itself to the host and multiplies  seemslikeadream   Jan-17-08 10:23 PM   #15 
  - Corporate or not, the media will operate as a business in a capitalist economy...  Writer   Jan-17-08 10:25 PM   #16 
  - Yeah, like this:  TheGoldenRule   Jan-18-08 09:54 AM   #35 
  - We don't live in a capitalist economy - we live in a regulated capitalist economy  aint_no_life_nowhere   Jan-18-08 01:06 PM   #46 
  - I love info. I love it even more when sourced --  snot   Jan-17-08 11:53 PM   #17 
  - Media deregulation under Reagan and Bush  aint_no_life_nowhere   Jan-17-08 11:57 PM   #18 
  - Time for a new label for 'corporatist'.....  dmosh42   Jan-18-08 04:19 AM   #19 
  - Don't forget Slick Willie  ProudDad   Jan-18-08 07:57 PM   #53 
  - I think John Edwards will be our own , modern-day 'trust-buster'.  AzDar   Jan-18-08 04:41 AM   #20 
  - Not likely.  Clark2008   Jan-18-08 06:07 AM   #26 
     - Maybe or maybe not. But Hillary or Obama are far more diabolically worse. nt  TheGoldenRule   Jan-18-08 09:56 AM   #36 
  - What Candidate Does the Corporate Media and Hell Most Corporations Support?  leftchick   Jan-18-08 05:02 AM   #22 
  - This post should have a sticky  malaise   Jan-18-08 06:02 AM   #23 
  - an awful lot completely ignore her complicity  leftchick   Jan-18-08 06:04 AM   #24 
     - Yep n/t  malaise   Jan-18-08 06:05 AM   #25 
  - I see you've listed part of the unelected shadow government of the  mmonk   Jan-18-08 06:09 AM   #27 
  - ...NSA, Homeland "Security," Big Brother, Inc. They decide; "elections" don't  Echo In Light   Jan-18-08 06:29 AM   #28 
  - this thread needs many many many kicks. Thank you. n/t  deacon   Jan-18-08 06:37 AM   #29 
  - A second kick for those who missed it yesterday  liberal N proud   Jan-18-08 09:24 AM   #30 
  - Kick n/t  malaise   Jan-18-08 09:41 AM   #31 
  - Bagdikian is a local export  wintersoulja   Jan-18-08 09:44 AM   #32 
  - Kicked and recommended.  Uncle Joe   Jan-18-08 10:03 AM   #37 
  - A pleasure and an obligation  Orwellian_Ghost   Jan-18-08 12:19 PM   #40 
     - The last sentence of Lippman's truly hits home.  Uncle Joe   Jan-18-08 12:42 PM   #43 
  - Ben Bagdikian was a prophet....  LanternWaste   Jan-18-08 10:16 AM   #38 
  - KICK & REC! nt  paparush   Jan-18-08 11:06 AM   #39 
  - What Makes Mainstream Media Mainstream  Orwellian_Ghost   Jan-18-08 12:22 PM   #41 
  - Excellent excellent thread, OG. Thank you!! K&R  Desertrose   Jan-18-08 12:35 PM   #42 
  - seems like murdoch owns more every damn day  spanone   Jan-18-08 12:44 PM   #44 
  - There were some great stats distributed on DU prior to the 2004 election  wiggs   Jan-18-08 12:49 PM   #45 
  - Thanks for posting this OG. Rec'd and bookmarked.  DCKit   Jan-18-08 02:03 PM   #48 
  - using distorted and misleading data to make the point about concentration doesnt' help  onenote   Jan-18-08 02:05 PM   #49 
  - Who owns the corporate media?  tbyg52   Jan-18-08 06:13 PM   #50 
  - Mom said, big business founded the country and it will always continue to run it...  Imagevision   Jan-18-08 07:12 PM   #52 
     - Mom was right  Orwellian_Ghost   Jan-19-08 10:03 PM   #54 

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