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BelgianMadCow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-26-08 05:34 PM
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152. Your post is brilliant
in it's succinctness (is that even a word??).

The illusion of choice - isn't that what it's all about?

Hearing people discussing about brand A being better than brand B, knowing they all come out of the same multinational corporation, and often are only different in packaging and marketing...

I believe shows like American Idol exist to offer up another illusion: even if you're poor, or if you have no shot at the american dream, you CAN always become a star!! Meanwhile, through all the shows that use "stars" in panels and through the media attention for celebrities, stardom is hyped as the ultimate objective...a culture has risen in which no longer Ghandi or Jesus or Marx are the inspiring figures, but Posh and Becks.
These shows are only the proverbial circus and most celebrities the show monkeys.

Another illusion is the division amongst working class people. Wedge issues like gay marriage are reiterated ad nauseam in the corporate media noise machine, and the force of We the People is halved in the process. I don't think this is an accident.

All these illusions and smoke screens only exist to keep the "bottom" of the pyramid from uniting and rising up.

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