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Prophet 451

(9,796 posts)
17. Yes, but take it further
Sat Dec 20, 2014, 04:27 PM
Dec 2014

Look at the lifestyles presented as normal on tv. You ever watch Friends? Watching that show, you would think a cook/chef and someone drifting from one dead-end job to the next (Monica & Rachel) could afford a loft apartment in New York. Or a paleontologist (I know some academics, they make crap money) could afford a spacious apartment. Or that an office drone and a jobbing actor could. The lifestyles presented as "average" on tv, in sitcoms and dramas and so on, aren't average. They're upper-middle-class at least. The only time you see poor people and their lifestyles is when they're brought on Jeremy Kyle (think a moralistic, judgmental, constantly shouting Jerry Springer) or something similar to be laughed at.

And yes, being poor and the people who are poor have been demonized. They've been presented as not wanting to work, as being too drunk or drugged to work (people think they're poor because they drink when in reality, they drink because they're poor). They're presented as lazy, irresponsible and sometimes dangerous. People are trained to despise them, to view them as a dangerous and hostile "other". The genpop have been trained to believe that welfare fraud is rampant, that anyone can get a job if they try, that the minimum wage is only paid to teenagers making pocket money and that there is no such thing as a disability that makes you unable to work. The actual facts are that welfare fraud is so rare that it costs more to root out than to ignore it, that there are three unemployed for every job opening, that it is increasingly everyone on the minimum wage (which was intended to be a living wage) and some disabilities make you incapable of work.

I'm British. Here, teh tabloids have been running an outright hate campaign against anyone receiving welfare benefits. Real, Orwell-style "two minutes of hate" stuff. There have been assaults and suicides because of it. I'm disabled, both because I'm physically crippled and because I'm severely mentally ill (MDD, GAD, "visions" and voices). Our system for disability support, ESA, assumes from the outset that your own doctor is a liar. You have to be interviewed by a doctor paid and incentivized to find you fit for work, no matter what your circumstances. The only reason they passed me as unfit for work last time was that my SO and doctor wrote letters saying that my suicide was virtually certain if they didn't. And I know how much the genpop despise me because the tabloids tell them to. There's a very good book called "Chavs" that describes the demonization of the working class here and, although some details are different, I can see it happening in your country as well.

The PtB want you starving and desperate, too broken and too desperate to protest for fair wages or fair treatment. They want you to labour sixteen hours a day for a dosshouse bed for teh night and a meal. And they're just plain brought one party entirely, a fair bit of the other, all the regulatory agencies and a majority of the SCOTUS. And nothing will change for the foreseeable future.

Because We Don't Know fredamae Dec 2014 #1
A kick Blecht Dec 2014 #2
One thing that keeps the population pacified is television. world wide wally Dec 2014 #3
Good point. We masses had a better chance when religion was our opiate. annominous Dec 2014 #5
Infinitely Recommend. nt Zorra Dec 2014 #4
People must study the Gilded Age Brigid Dec 2014 #6
The people have been trained to only kick downward Prophet 451 Dec 2014 #7
preach on! marmar Dec 2014 #9
The words of the Prophet were written on the subway walls! BillZBubb Dec 2014 #10
Always nice to meet a fellow traveler tkmorris Dec 2014 #12
You briefly touched on some of the propaganda the media has made people believe. Rozlee Dec 2014 #13
Yes, but take it further Prophet 451 Dec 2014 #17
Well, take it even further to 'Sex and the City.' Rozlee Dec 2014 #26
It's "the Life" Prophet 451 Dec 2014 #28
Don't tell me, let me guess . . . Brigid Dec 2014 #29
*sigh* Nope. Rozlee Dec 2014 #31
That is one GREAT post! hifiguy Dec 2014 #16
Thanks, man n/t Prophet 451 Dec 2014 #18
ôSocialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves Zorra Dec 2014 #20
To this day that is one of the most insightful things ever said hifiguy Dec 2014 #22
You should make this into an OP. Brigid Dec 2014 #23
Yeah, ok Prophet 451 Dec 2014 #25
I don't believe we've stopped resisting. True Blue Door Dec 2014 #8
For the same reasons people always do. Orsino Dec 2014 #11
They make people believe they WILL be rich one day tabbycat31 Dec 2014 #14
Two reasons: hifiguy Dec 2014 #15
Speaking of 2 Prophet 451 Dec 2014 #19
The poor, poor zillionaires. hifiguy Dec 2014 #21
Ben Elton is a great writer and a very funny man Bluenorthwest Dec 2014 #33
It's not a bad book, by any means Prophet 451 Dec 2014 #34
du rec. xchrom Dec 2014 #24
American exceptionalism and racism: "Americans vastly underestimate inequality in their own society" pampango Dec 2014 #27
History repeats itself indeed. pa28 Dec 2014 #30
Resisting privilege means admitting that it's unlikely that YOU will ever get rich. Ken Burch Dec 2014 #32
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