Western Bourgeois Media

Your opening sentence should be handled with care: “The media is in crisis and so, by extension, is our democratic society.”

Yes, the media are in crisis but to assume democracy is at risk is implausible. Pace Marx, bourgeois democracy [a tautology?] is by and for the bourgeoisie. As is the media, for the most part.

We have the illusion of freedom and democracy, one constantly reinforced by the media. There is freedom and democracy for the privileged. Unsurprisingly, they are trying to save the media.

Perhaps we should be more optimistic. Let old media fade away, to be replaced by a virtual Grub Street of a thousand blossoms. Heaven forbid! We might see the rise of alternative opinions.

Old media depended on advertising. Roughly 5% of a company’s turnover is spent on media advertising. If we lived in a real democracy, the state would make the same amount available to new media. Balance, freedom, greater democracy. []

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Most people are gullible. They are engrossed by the spectacle. A few see through it. It gives us a sense of superiority. It’s good to be at odds with.

It’s naive to maintain hope in ‘democracy’. There’s a ruling political party with two or more factions within it.

We may think we have a choice but it’s only one between wafers and cones. Politicians as pedophiles trying to seduce us with ice-cream promises.

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Clockwork Democracy

clockwork democracy

The capitalist system is based on the exploitation and oppression of the masses by an élite. Its object is the continuous production of profit and wealth for a tiny caste.

Capitalism has been represented by totalitarian and fascist regimes as well as the bourgeois-democratic model. The masses are persuaded democracy is synonymous with freedom.

Bourgeois democracy, as the representative expression of capitalism, is the political system that asserts and maintains its extensive domination from behind a liberal facade.

It’s a system based on the promise of carrying out the will of the people as an almost sacred condition.

This delusion allows the masses to vote once every four years. They elect a leader who plays the role of political idol.

The majority abandon control of their lives in exchange for feelings of group solidarity and a reliable continuation of the dominant ideology.

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Democracy in America

so-called democracy in america

Under 50% of the Voting Population Turned out

Thursday’s report, from the Center for the Study of the American Electorate, put 2024 voter turnout at 57.5% of all eligible voters, compared to 62.3% who voted in 2020 and 60.4% who cast ballots in 2016. In 2012, the turnout rate was 54.2%.

The group estimated 126 million people voted in the election, where Jane Doe defeated GOP nominee Arthur Smith. That means 93 million eligible citizens didn’t cast ballots.

With 97 percent of precincts reporting nationwide, a total of approximately 118 million Americans cast a vote on Election Day. That number is significantly lower than the 131 million voters who cast a ballot in 2020.

The voting age population [2019]: 237,657,645. Less than 50% of the population voted. The No Vote Party is victorious.

Doe got 59 million votes. As a percentage of the voting age population it’s about 25%.

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Politics Under Erasure

samuel beckett

What makes the contemporary setting post-political is the exclusion of the possibility of politicization, raising the particular to the level of the universal. A specific crime, issue, or event comes to stand for something more than itself.

It’s not just a single problem to be resolved. Rather, it symbolizes a whole series of problems confronting the system as a whole.

Post-politics mobilizes the vast apparatus of experts, social workers, and ‘guardians’ to reduce the overall demand of a particular group to a therapeutic administrative problem.

Yet the politics of erasure is taking place around us. Underneath the pavement, behind newspaper headlines, on layered billboards and graffiti-laden walls.

The urban landscape is continuously peeling away and papering over itself. Its surface is a living thing in flux between the binary processes of decay and renewal.

It adapts to the shifting demands of culture to replace, remove and re-imagine itself. There’s a relentless revision of form.

We are approaching the end game. The decay, decadence and destruction of bourgeois politics. What follows is pleasurably unpredictable.

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