Mass media and a passive populace / Norman Solomon ; interviewed by Bob DeBolt.

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Mass media and a passive populace / Norman Solomon ; interviewed by Bob DeBolt.
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Journalist Norman Solomon, co-author of Unreliable Sources: A Guide to Detecting Bias in News Media, discusses how corporate controlled mass media wants people to be passive rather than active, and thus become good consumers who will accomodate themselves to the status quo. News, he continues, encourages people to discount their feelings by destroying the language and mystifying social reality. He goes on to examine Alice Miller's analysis of dysfuctional authoritarian families which covers up the reality of abusive family relations. He warns that we are all becoming numb to both family and social realities. Solomon concludes by examining the racist nature of food and resource distribution around the world, which reflects the mass media's denial of a global scale of problems.

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Santa Cruz, California, 31 May 1991.
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Item duration: 
1 reel (29 min.) : 7 1/2 ips., mono.
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Los Angeles : Pacifica Radio Archive, 1991.
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