cj#381> re: media manipulation


Richard Moore

Date: Sun, 7 Jan 1996
Sender: Arun Mehta <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Re: cj#375> education; blunders; connectedness

I'd like to respond to this as well as the message

cj#379> re: "Establishment a dirty fighter"

in one go. In the latter, I read:

>Alan Dawson said:
> You can talk to thousands -- minimum, thousands -- of people at ONE
> time in a "newspaper" *you* control and you find this tightly
> managed and difficult. Why do you find this?

I've made this point before, so forgive me if this is old hat. A German
friend used to make the point in the old Iron-Curtain days, that in the
East, people queued up all night to buy books, painfully distributed them
via samizdat, whatever, but basically read them.

In the West, on the other hand, everything's available, but nobody reads
them. The government doesn't need censorship, it operates via saturation,
drowning out the sensible stuff. The Economist's "The World in 1996"
points out in "A Generation of Loners" by Robert D. Putnam : "People born
in the 1920s belong to twice as many civic associations as their
grandchildren born in the 1960s, are more than twice as trusting, vote at
double the rate, and read newspapers almost three times as frequently."

The difference is attributed to TV. Who needs to jail dissidents in these
media-manipulation days, you just cut off their support base. Of course,
the communists and the colonialists also tried media manipulation, but
they were so awful at it, nobody trusted what they put out.

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