Big media versus the people

Halimi, Serge
Date Written:  2015-10-01
Publisher:  Le Monde diplomatique
Year Published:  2015
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21914

A look how "Big Media" shapes public attitudes, the economy, culture, leisure and education, and how governments have developed close relationships with the press in a way which has not been in the public interest.



Attempts to break with neoliberal politics are spreading. After Syriza in Greece comes the surprise election of Jeremy Corbyn in the UK (see The unspun Jeremy Corbyn, page 4), and there may soon be an awakening in Spain. As the Greek experience shows, these developments do not always flourish, but at least some of the obstacles are now clear: the financial markets, multinational corporations, credit rating agencies, the Eurogroup, the IMF, the European Central Bank, Germany’s monetarist policy and its social-liberal acolytes. The power of these players and the convergence of their interests help explain the caution and capitulation of some, and the suffering and hesitations of others. But that is only a partial diagnosis; a critical element is missing. It is often discussed in Le Monde diplomatique, but mostly ignored elsewhere, especially by the political forces that should pay it the greatest attention.

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