Wednesday, October 28, 2009

State of Our World: Open_Notes 3

the corporate packageing of the public mind; the deep pockets to express themselves - corporate control of the media; the true levers of contemporary power - culture inc., information inequality -- 1870-80s the big eastern banks, milling companies, railroads were the malfactors of society, easily identified leading to the populist movement - 1900s giant conglomerates were plainly visible - US Steel Corporation, 1901 - 1890 Sherman Anti-Trust Law, substantial opposition / Clayton Anti-Trust Act, post-WWI opposition; 1930's New Deal / WWII -- in recent years there has been a deflection of public focus vs. the business corporation; the new menace is big government; this is a fantastic shift in malefactors - the early opposition was to protect the consumer against shoddy, dangerous goods, and working conditions -- now we have a new kind of factory, a factory of the mind [messages and images], producing the diet of the mind [in turn creating new working conditions] - entertainment, radio, TV, shopping malls; but where is the opposition to the goods that enter into our minds, our conditioning ??

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