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French RIots and the Control of Information

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I find it interesting that, at least in my experience, most of the coverage for the riots happening in France is dead in water. So much more weight is being on Trump's latest buffoonery that you'd have to scroll to page 3 for news about the situation in Paris, but if this was a colored revolution in a vilified country on the other side of the (figurative) world it will splattered across every headline.   

 

We're living in the information age. What does that mean, really? Can the flow of history be shaped by gag orders and rhetoric?

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It's mostly due to the fact that domestic news holds much higher priority over foreign news. When Trump acts like a jackass that affects me a great deal more than when Macron acts like a jackass, since I'm an American, not a Parisian.

 

That said, Macron is a jackass. Better than Le Pen but still a jackass.

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Hmm, but do you remember how much coverage the Arab Spring received? That wasn't domestic. 

 

Maybe this is the onset of paranoid schizophrenia, but I believe that globalization has laid the groundwork for consolidated narratives , which can sweep away all other dissenting voices, to form organically. 

 

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I'll correct myself there, domestic OR important domestically.

I think there's been a proportional increase in the scope of the France riots along with the amount of people on this end of the world figuring out what's happening.

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Yeah, after watching this go on for a few weeks, I think you're right. 

 

Or maybe *they* finally got to me.

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The riots are honestly, genuinely inspiring to me. I wish something nearly to their scope would happen over here in the states.

I'm hoping the working class is seeing what's going on over in France and realizing how much power they have in numbers, but I'm not holding my breath.

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Something like that did happen, but the groups that control the media used the absolute worst examples of the movements as their "shining example" in order to downplay them into irrelevance. It worked because people generally don't give a shit unless you're an extremist on their side, anyone else be damned.

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On 12/17/2018 at 3:36 PM, BTGBullseye said:

Something like that did happen, but the groups that control the media used the absolute worst examples of the movements as their "shining example" in order to downplay them into irrelevance. It worked because people generally don't give a shit unless you're an extremist on their side, anyone else be damned.

Well, rather than downplaying them to irrelevance, the media has essentially villainized Antifa to the point where there's much more misinformation out there about it than genuine discussion. The narrative has been driven to a "rioting and political violence is evil" narrative despite those very concepts being important to the foundation and social/political advancements of this nation. The spirit of civil unrest has all but disappeared in this country and all we have left are bootlickers. It's saddening.

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On 12/17/2018 at 4:36 PM, BTGBullseye said:

Something like that did happen, but the groups that control the media used the absolute worst examples of the movements as their "shining example" in order to downplay them into irrelevance. It worked because people generally don't give a shit unless you're an extremist on their side, anyone else be damned. 

Been seeing that in various forms over the years.

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