Etienne Chouard. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: In your very powerful manifesto book « Nous ne sommes pas en démocratie!” (We are not in a democracy!), you make a relevant observation. Is it not rather a plutocracy?
Étienne Chouard: Yes, absolutely. We have been in the plutocracy for two hundred years since the revolutions of England, America, France, since the advent of the representative government which designates the political players by the procedure of the election among candidates that one can help. This procedure, since one can help, gives all the power – because when one win the elections, one exercise all the power during the mandate – to those who have the most resources to help, that is, the richest. Lire la suite »
Dr. Anthony DiMaggio. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: In your book “When Media Goes to War: Hegemonic Discourse, Public Opinion, and the Limits of Dissent”, you make a very relevant statement about the role of the media as an imperialist tool of propaganda. In your opinion, does the empire need media that inform or just needs media that spread its propaganda?
Dr. Anthony DiMaggio: The goal of an efficiently functioning propaganda system is to both inform and indoctrinate audiences. People should believe they are learning things about the world for this system to flourish. But such learning occurs in a very truncated, narrow way, in which viewpoints from peoples across the world are downplayed or ignored, and U.S. governmental official voices are highlighted and celebrated as the “legitimate” newsmakers and drivers of foreign policy. Lire la suite »
In the current historical moment in the United States, the emptying out of language is nourished by the assault on the civic imagination. One example of this can be found in the rise of Donald Trump on the political scene. Trump’s popular appeal speaks to not just the boldness of what he says and the shock it provokes, but the inability to respond to shock with informed judgment rather than titillation. Marie Luise Knott is right in noting, « We live our lives with the help of the concepts we form of the world. They enable an author to make the transition from shock to observation to finally creating space for action – for writing and speaking. Just as laws guarantee a public space for political action, conceptual thought ensures the existence of the four walls within which judgment operates. » (1) The concepts that now guide our understanding of US society are dominated by a corporate-induced linguistic and authoritarian model that brings ruin to language, politics and democracy itself. Lire la suite »