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Corporate Media & the Anti-Globalization Movement in the U$

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    Corporate Media and the anti-globalization movement in the U$ By a silver elf In only about nine months, the media has succeeded in building a mythology around
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 31, 2000
      Corporate Media and the anti-globalization movement in the U$

      By a silver elf

      In only about nine months, the media has succeeded in building a
      mythology around the anti-globalization movement in this country that
      striking in its inaccuracies. Of course, Big Media's corporate slant on
      things is nothing new here in the good ole' United States. Activist
      especially radical ones, have been maligned in the pages of the press
      throughout history. (One wonders if the front page of papers ever read
      'Violence in Boston: Vandals Destroy Tea.') This slandering has often
      occurred hand-in-hand with government operations to discredit those
      groups in this country that oppose the status quo.

      The media seems to have a hard time making up its mind whether the
      protestors are an organized paramilitary group, or a bunch of kids that
      really don't know anything about the issues they are protesting.
      Alternately portraying the majority of the people in the movement as
      violent thugs or body pierced twenty-somethings looking for kicks, this
      has the effect of simultaneously demonizing and discrediting the
      movement as a whole. In one recent report, Rachel Coen of Fairness and
      Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) points out that on the front page of the
      Washington Post on April 16, 2000 "was the article 'Demonstrators Are
      United by Zeal for 'Global Justice,'' which purported to examine the
      politics of the Mobilization [against the IMF and World Bank], but
      instead inaccurately concluded that the protest was 'a demonstration
      without demands.' It noted activists' 'body odor,' and reminded readers
      that 'the fad factor cannot be denied. To have been in Seattle is to
      reached a higher state of cool.'

      In a different report, FAIR notes that some coverage went in the
      opposite direction as well: "'It is widely agreed that the Seattle
      police got
      out-foxed by better organized protestors trying to shut down the World
      Trade Organization meeting last year,' reported NBC's Fred Francis in a
      story about the conventions (Nightly News, 7/14/00). Francis went on to
      describe activists who attended the 'violent' Seattle demonstrations as
      'battle-tested' force "better trained than the LAPD for street
      violence." A
      particularly maligned group during this coverage has been anarchists.
      Across the board, reporters have referred to them as 'so-called'
      anarchists, as if no one could really believe in anarchy. Depicted as
      black-mask wearing, police-cussing, property-destroying rage junkies,
      the media's treatment of anarchists is nothing but a contemporary spin
      the propaganda of old when anarchists were portrayed as black cape
      clad, bomb carrying terrorists. Anarchism has repeatedly been
      with a set of tactics, rather than a philosophy. While it is true that
      anarchism has a long history of direct action (strikes, workplace
      sabotage, etc) in order to hold corporations accountable to workers,
      throwing a brick through a window is not an 'anarchist' act. Various
      tactics are debated among anarchists. None define anarchism. Anarchism
      is not a set of tactics. Anarchism is a political belief system and a
      worldview with many different schools of thought and a long history.
      Anarchists believe that people can accomplish through cooperation and
      voluntary association what governments now accomplish through
      violence. Anarchists believe that capitalism is an inherently violent,
      demeaning, and destructive economic system. They believe in a
      non-hierarchical, egalitarian society. They believe in the worth of
      form of life, and that humans are part of an intricate web, not the top
      of a
      pyramid. They believe that every human being has the right to be
      physically nourished, emotionally cared for, mentally stimulated and
      creatively fulfilled. These are not isolated examples of an errant
      or a botched fact. They are, rather, a systematic failing on the part
      on the
      mainstream media in this country to report on the growing
      anti-globalization movement locally and internationally. The diversity
      this movement is almost always ignored. (For example, there were
      protests in over 75 places on 6 continents on May 1, 2000. How many
      did you hear about?) Often, a very complex movement is boiled down
      into one person's sound bite. There has been a serious lack of critical
      reporting on the issues activists are trying to bring into the
      People's concerns are often summed up in one paragraph, or worse yet,
      one line-instead of being given the in-depth reporting they deserve.
      at hand include global inequality, environmental racism, environmental
      destruction, genetic engineering, third world debt, AIDS in
      list goes on. All these issues are much more than sound bites to be
      over while pictures of a Starbucks being destroyed plays in the
      background. They are issues deeply related to the economic paradigm
      we are living in, related to the socio-economic model that the US is
      forcing on the globe. They deserve all the attention in the world. The
      media is also directly contributing to the rapid rate in which America
      becoming a police state, just as they have long ignored the fact that
      many minority groups within our population, it has always been a police
      state. The media simultaneously demonizes and discredits the
      turning them from citizens with legitimate concerns that aren't being
      into an unruly mob with no cause that wants to find any excuse to trash
      buildings and beat up cops. Then, the general public is willing to look
      other way as police invade civil rights. By reporting false statements
      protestors firing tear gas at police), virtually blacking out any
      brutality coverage, and creating an atmosphere of hysteria surrounding
      large protests, the media has created a social space in which police
      brutality is encouraged to thrive. As the large protests planned for
      Republican National Convention in Philadelphia and the Democratic
      National Convention in Los Angeles approach, activists are building
      stronger independent media channels (see www.indymedia.org for one
      example). Judging by the blatant, but unsurprising, misrepresentation
      demonization of our movement by corporate media, the strengthening of
      these channels is long overdue. I invite you to bypass your normal
      methods of news consumption and join us as we build networks to show
      what is actually happening within our movement.

      Solidarity Forever.

      Dan Clore

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