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the boston bombings reveal how lame the media is

#1Anti_PhiIosophyPosted 4/20/2013 9:55:51 PM
The Boston events also expose the near 100% failure of the capitalist media to be an independent and critical source of information in any way. This may not be news to some, but the media's 'failing' was so acute and so flagrant here, that it must be exposed and discussed.

I use 'failing' in quotes because, using a systems analysis of capitalism, one can see that the role of the media is actually to support capitalism and its state and keep it stable, to filter information to keep the population ignorant, and to suppress dissent. (See Chomsky on the media)

The media 'failed' in two major ways, as I see it right now:

1. It helped create and actively participated in the racist witch-hunt mentality against Muslims, Arabs, people with dark skin, and anyone from the Middle East. The New York Post was particularly noxious on this, but the entire range of media sources fell in line on this. The whole phenomena is particularly exposed, since the killers turned out to be white, maybe even literally Caucasian, from Chechnya, not the Middle East

2. It refused to make the obvious connections between the bombings in Boston, the drone attacks of Obama, and the plant explosion in Texas. It helped enforce the standard paradigm that says that these killings are the most horrible thing ever and that everyone must focus every ounce of their being on them, while Obama's murders and the Texas killings are business and usual and no one should be outraged about them or even pay any attention to them.

As I said, the media didn't really 'fail' - it did its job for the capitalists and their murderous state and did it well. But for us, the masses of working people, we can see from this that the media isn't on our side - it's not about reporting information that's useful to us - it is about creating a worldview and a response from us that helps the rich and powerful, and keeps us distracted from the real issues.
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#2RedcountPosted 4/20/2013 10:01:06 PM
See, the problem with communist theory, much like anti-Semitism, is it presupposes that there is a vast global conspiracy by a very small minority of the population, and that this minority is sublimely capable of crafting every event to its whim and benefit.

Rather than assuming that a lot of people are incompetent at doing good, it surmises that there is an elite few who are supremely capable of carrying out their evil machinations.
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#3Anti_PhiIosophy(Topic Creator)Posted 4/20/2013 10:04:05 PM
Redcount posted...
See, the problem with communist theory, much like anti-Semitism, is it presupposes that there is a vast global conspiracy by a very small minority of the population, and that this minority is sublimely capable of crafting every event to its whim and benefit.

Rather than assuming that a lot of people are incompetent at doing good, it surmises that there is an elite few who are supremely capable of carrying out their evil machinations.


not quite, but some commies do make that mistake.

you're confusing intelligent design with evolution, effectively.
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#4lastheroPosted 4/20/2013 10:11:20 PM

2. It refused to make the obvious connections between the bombings in Boston, the drone attacks of Obama, and the plant explosion in Texas


Connections?
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#5Anti_PhiIosophy(Topic Creator)Posted 4/20/2013 10:12:17 PM
lasthero posted...

2. It refused to make the obvious connections between the bombings in Boston, the drone attacks of Obama, and the plant explosion in Texas


Connections?


in terms of media time
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#6HabefietPosted 4/20/2013 10:17:24 PM
There's been plenty of coverage/controversy surrounding the Obama drone policies, where the hell have you been

I will say I'm kind of appalled at how little mention the Texas incident is going though, the relative contrast is striking. They have literally nothing new to say about the Boston situation and are still just rambling about it rather than diverting their attention to other things
#7Anti_PhiIosophy(Topic Creator)Posted 4/20/2013 10:20:30 PM
Habefiet posted...
There's been plenty of coverage/controversy surrounding the Obama drone policies, where the hell have you been

I will say I'm kind of appalled at how little mention the Texas incident is going though, the relative contrast is striking. They have literally nothing new to say about the Boston situation and are still just rambling about it rather than diverting their attention to other things


I would definitely contend that the coverage/controversy surrounding the obama drone stuff is not near as grand as the boston stuff. For example, im pretty much out of the loop about everything during uni, and have heard literally nothing about the obama drone things or the texas incident aside from through commie friends, but i have heard about boston from goddamn everyone i know.
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#8lastheroPosted 4/20/2013 10:20:42 PM
Anti_PhiIosophy posted...
lasthero posted...

2. It refused to make the obvious connections between the bombings in Boston, the drone attacks of Obama, and the plant explosion in Texas


Connections?


in terms of media time


So you're talking about focus?

The media is driven by ratings. They want to make money. They want people to watch them. To that effect, the bombing is extremely useful. It was a situation where information was steadily coming out, where there were plenty of things to report on and many stories to tell, and they didn't even have to go far to tell them since, the second it happened, the media was already present. It was at a big event, it generated a lot of outrage, and it was the first story to come out of the week.

The drone attacks and the plant explosion, while both tragic events, fit none of these bills. The drone attacks, while messed up, are fairly common, and as much as I hate to say this, Americans really don't care that much. Should they care? Certainly. But they don't. And if they don't care, the media doesn't care. Plain and simple. The plant explosion was a big thing for a day and got some play, but ultimately it's less of story. A fertilizer plant exploded. At the time, they didn't know why it did that, but there wasn't any indication it was more than a tragic accident. And a tragic accident is going to lose to a terrorist attack every time. Tragic accidents happen all the time. Terrorist attacks don't.
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#9Anti_PhiIosophy(Topic Creator)Posted 4/20/2013 10:24:07 PM
lasthero posted...
Anti_PhiIosophy posted...
lasthero posted...

2. It refused to make the obvious connections between the bombings in Boston, the drone attacks of Obama, and the plant explosion in Texas


Connections?


in terms of media time


So you're talking about focus?

The media is driven by ratings. They want to make money. They want people to watch them. To that effect, the bombing is extremely useful. It was a situation where information was steadily coming out, where there were plenty of things to report on and many stories to tell, and they didn't even have to go far to tell them since, the second it happened, the media was already present. It was at a big event, it generated a lot of outrage, and it was the first story to come out of the week.

The drone attacks and the plant explosion, while both tragic events, fit none of these bills. The drone attacks, while messed up, are fairly common, and as much as I hate to say this, Americans really don't care that much. Should they care? Certainly. But they don't. And if they don't care, the media doesn't care. Plain and simple. The plant explosion was a big thing for a day and got some play, but ultimately it's less of story. A fertilizer plant exploded. At the time, they didn't know why it did that, but there wasn't any indication it was more than a tragic accident. And a tragic accident is going to lose to a terrorist attack every time. Tragic accidents happen all the time. Terrorist attacks don't.


cart before the horse mate, why do people care about petty celebrit drama or whatever? because the media hypes it up.

media influences what people care about VERY strongly, not vice versa.
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#10lastheroPosted 4/20/2013 10:29:02 PM

cart before the horse mate, why do people care about petty celebrit drama or whatever? because the media hypes it up.

media influences what people care about VERY strongly, not vice versa.


The media is just like any other business, it's supply and demand. If people didn't care about that stuff, the media would change to what they want. That's the way entertainment goes.
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