Fanon, living in the 20th Century, was aware of how manipulatable is the European proletariat, not to mention the far less mature American proletariat.Harrisson wrote:
I think that PEOPLE POWER has to somehow emphasize media-consciousness and savvy about corporate-funded talking points to the progressive masses.
Generally speaking, Savant, I suspect that the higher the educational level, the easier it is to get people to realize how they are being manipulated by external stimuli. However, even people with years of post-high school education can be successfully played for fools by a well-honed corporate media machine which has all sorts of studies on communication and psychology to draw on, and which can shamelessly spout all manner of disinformation and outright lies to drive home a particular message or "talking point."
I think that Fanon and Marx alike probably underestimated just how divisible and gullible the proletariat can be.
On the other hand, they can be refreshingly progressive and open-minded at times too, which is why we must never completely give up on them.
P.S. As a brief aside, I predict that President Obama will carry Ohio and Pennsylvania this fall and that huge swathes (if not an outright majority) of the white-working-class electorate will reject Romney's campaign of obfuscation and nonsense...and recognize that Obama's origins are far closer to their own (economically) than Romney's.
But it's important that progressives don't throw in the towel. The adversary learns from us in order to defeat us, and we mush learn from him/her in order to win the fight for democracy and to end the plutocracy. More and more creative use of social media, and learning how to "play" the corporate media must be part of our strategy.Barros Serrano wrote:
A disturbing situation indeed, and I would point out that many of those who now will vote GOP to screw themselves, I'm talking about these white workingclass folks, a few decades back would have been voting for Hubert Humphrey at least, not exactly my model for radical change, but at least a moderately pro-Union Democrat. Now they go teapartying and will vote for whichever fascist reprobate Bill O'Reilly endorses.
And THEREIN lies the problem... the right learned that if they have news actually reporting events, and people see bodybags from Vietnam, and Dr. King speeches, and demonstrations, and SDS and Black Panthers, and the radio is full of protest songs and conscious rebellious music from Beatles to Marvin Gaye, and the tradition of folk music is strong... well, then you end up with college students riotting and a President like LBJ enacting social change from the White House!!!
Can't have that!!! And so along comes the Reagan Revolution with GOPAC tactics and Rush and O'Reilly, and now the white worker repeatedly votes to have his own rectum thoroughly reamed and calls it “patriotism”!!!
This media mind control is our biggest obstacle. The corporate feudal owners-of-our-a___ have done a real good job at tying up the minds of the populace, far better than had ever been done when the 60's happened. We have a big problem...