[A-List] Western media play
tal1 at cogeco.ca
Mon Jun 28 22:45:08 MDT 2010
...No arguments here. You're right of course. From the proper, i.e. class,
perspective, the corporate media must be seen as merely an arm of the ruling
class. No mystery then as to the function it performs.
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From: "c b" <cb31450 at gmail.com>
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> Tony B:
> As Noam Chomsky has long pointed out, the 'genius of the Western media' is
> the way in which they enact censorship and propaganda without the State
> formally dictating their behaviour.
> CB: Chomsky is a great leader of the left ,and really the working
> class, in the US. I have criticized him in sectarian , narrow
> "Marxist" way in the past. I may be repeating that here some, so I
> start out with that praise.
> With a class analysis one might point out that the Western or
> capitalist media is part of the ruling class for which the State is an
> agent or representative. That ruling class dictates the State's
> behavior. So, the capitalist media enacting censorship and propaganda
> is the ruling class as principle ( in the legal sense of
> principle-agent) acting on its own behalf directly rather than acting
> through its agent , the State. The media is the bourgeoisie acting
> directly rather than indirectly.
> But Chomsky is a champion of our generation on the left and the
> working class even without much explicit class analysis.
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