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Media and martyrdom « An und für sich

Movements of non-violent resistence have always known how to turn unfriendly forums into propaganda opportunities — the early Christians, for instance, werebeing eaten alive by wild animals in some cases — but what do you do when there simply is no forum? What do you do when the “mass media” is segmented into mutually exclusive parallel realities? What do you do when the closest thing to a “public space” has been divvied up among private corporations? What do you do when protesters are given their own little area when they try to take to the streets?…

By giving each individual “me” the kind of media “I” want to consume, could we be losing more than the kind of common culture someone like David Brooks would mourn? Could we instead be being deprived of what proved to be one of the most effective tools of resistence throughout the 20th century?

via Media and martyrdom « An und für sich.

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