Friday, November 30, 2007

Only giving the people what they want.

"In our country,to get that result we have a dictatorship, we imprison people, we tear out their fingernails. Here you have none of that. So what's your secret? How do you do it?" The implication of the market metaphysic (in which the news is dictated by carefully monitored popular desire) is implicitly 'totalitarian'. The people want stultifying conformity, lies, distraction, orthodoxy, trivialisation, hypocrisy, tedium etc, according to this outlook. But it ain't necessarily so.