Anyway, to return to my point, I don't think that "Manufacturing Consent" is played very often on American TV. Yet, while in France last summer ('94), I was asked if I had seen it! Our Medialand is filled with a species of Sophists who will argue any which way to seem to be "hard hitting." There's no force of conviction one way or the other; I see it over and over again. Even the relatively good guys like Bill Moyers are so afraid to step over the lines drawn by Jesse Helms and Co. that one is apt to think dissent is unreasonable. The most refreshing things one can find, I think, come from CSPAN and I don't even receive that now. Sixth months ago is saw Gore Vidal on CSPAN. That was the closest thing I've seen in years to a radical monologue on American television.
Even when the NY Times gets it straight and denounces the accelerating slide toward class disparity, I have to remind myself that this is the gesture of a talk show host bent on enhancing his ratings. The only bright spots I see in this picture relate to the influence of internet based communication on the media. That's the sort of thing I'm thinking about. In particular, I'm brewing an essay about narrative in video games. My gut feeling is that until people begin to focus some attention on these messages, young people will be subjected to a bleak seduction that offers no classics, no entry into critical or social being. So, perhaps a discourse about the meaning of video games will serve as some sort of bridge for people to relate them to other more developed discourses.