More than two years have passed since I wrote an article called Media Disconnect. At that time I was reporting on my perception of the news media and comparing it with a magician's "slight of hand."
Since that time I have been doing a lot of reading and listening. Among those that I have listened to with a great amount of interest is Noam Chomsky. Dr. Chomsky's determinination about the mainstream corporate media is that it works to make a profit. In doing so, it must pay attention to its source of revenue, its advertisers with special attention to its major advertisers. Chomsky gives many examples of the corporate media's coverage of the news with a bias favoring its big time advertisers and owners. See What Makes Mainstream Media Mainstream. For his views he has been called a "conspiracy theorist" by his detractors including xxxxxx from the New Yorker. I myself find no evidence of any conspiracy theories in is writing about the corporate media. He merely follows a logical path based upon the profit motive of corporate media and how that ties directly to not upsetting their larger advertisers. It would follow therefore that the media coverage would be favorable to the Iraq war, not because they sided with the government but that they did not want to adversely affect their relationships with companies like General Electric. While I still find Chaumsky's logic compelling, I would like to look at a much broader picture than just the media.
I found the magician's "slight of hand" medifore useful again. During a conversation with a friend of mine, who happens to be a pretty good magician, he mentioned that he had a DVD of a magic act and was able to watch the act frame by frame and thereby determine exactly how the "magic" was performed. It came to me the other day that perhaps this same kind of "dissection" of political events and actions could prove to be useful in determining the overall "big picture" of politics in the United States. In this case maybe it would be useful to find repeating patterns of behavior since the beginning of he industrial revolution. Perhaps we could see how the corporate "magic" has been performed through a much longer period of time. After all, the political act is played out over a much longer interval than a magician's stage act which is why it may be too difficult to perceive.
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