Dahlia Lithwick nails it with this piece on Occupy Wall Street – they’ve made the media openly irrelevant, and for that, we can all be grateful:
Occupy Wall Street is not a movement without a message. It’s a movement that has wisely shunned the one-note, pre-chewed, simple-minded messaging required for cable television as it now exists. It’s a movement that feels no need to explain anything to the powers that be, although it is deftly changing the way we explain ourselves to one another.
Think, for just a moment, about the irony. We are the most media-saturated 24-hour-cable-soaked culture in the world, and yet around the country, on Facebook and at protests, people are holding up cardboard signs, the way protesters in ancient Sumeria might have done when demonstrating against a rise in the price of figs. And why is that? Because they very wisely don’t trust television cameras and microphones to get it right anymore. Because a media constructed around the illusion of false equivalencies, screaming pundits, and manufactured crises fails to capture who we are and what we value. Continue Reading »
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The pious Mitt Romney lied about where he stands on workers’ bargaining rights? Say it ain’t so…! On the other hand, what do you expect from a guy who made a fortune helping to put thousands of people out of work? More here.
Frank Rich’s recent article in New York magazine included an excellent capsule history of the Depression-era Bonus Army and a good summary of how corporate welfare boosted G.E., but the headline on the story — “The class war has begun” — is misleading. More here.