This is a part of my essay on Unit 6, 7.
< While considering the reason for this absence of important challenges to contemporary politics in the western art world, a theory analyzing complicated relations between politics and the media might be approached as a way of finding answers.
Noam Chomsky’s criticism of the media, most clearly seen in his work ‘Manufacturing Consent’ (Noam Chomsky, Edward S. Herman, 1988) could be a reasonable answer in his critique of a compromised media system. Noam Chomsky asserts the image of media seeking truth is in truth, a sham, claiming the mass media’s powerful brainwash effect even under ‘free’ and democratic politics (Andrew Marr, 1996). By questioning the bias in media, he means not only the general case that media intentionally participates to suppress and distort, but also although they do present facts, the context obscures their real meaning. This is the means by which powerful organizations maintain control over the majority of the population – ‘Propaganda is to democracy, what violence is to totalitarian regimes’ (Noam Chomsky, Edward S. Herman, 1988).
Actually, tremendous effects of media in human society and potential adverse influences have been warned by a number of intellects, including George Orwell. It is no accident that in Orwell’s 1984 that ‘Big Brother’ controls all access to media, and history. No piece of Art can exist in the dystopian world without it uncritically supporting the existing power structure of ‘Air Strip One’ (a fictional Britain, subservient to the ruling country Oceania/USA) (George Orwell, 1949).
In both Chomsky and Orwell, the loss of freedom is due to the restriction of sources of information; access to information is concentrated in the hands of just a few individuals, that is so-called ‘authority’ and no other voice is allowed without their permission. The concentration power of a few individuals can be clearly seen in the contemporary art market. As the overly concentrated power in a minority section of society was the main reason for media becoming a tool of propaganda, so to does their considerable influence in art world contributes to formation and structuring certain rules, suggesting a desirable and acceptable model of how art should operate and what it should say. >
* Examples of media, as a tool of propaganda is found not only in Art Market, but also in our ordinary life.
1. National Climate March
An example — certain events can be gently ignored, or not chosen by Media to report. How come such a big protest held in front of Parliament House in the middle of the day, with thousands of people can not be mentioned in any main stream broadcast news ……..? No news about yesterday’s protest was found on today’s news on BBC. It is just unbelievable…..
Basic information of the event below —>
National Climate March / Saturday 7, March, London
-11:30am Ecumenical Climate Service at St Mary Le Strand.
-12:15am Gather as a fait block, walk (under 10mins) to Lincoln’s Inn Fields.
-12:30~ 1pm Assemble to join the Climate March.
This is an important time to come together to pray and speak out ahead of the General Election and Critical UN climate talks. Let’s put our fait into action. Walk together for change.
Bring placards banners and yourselves to shot for action on climate change now.
Some information related to the even was found on TFL Tweeter.
Despite of ignorance, people are trying to raise awareness about the event, actively participating in gathering pictures, information in social media.
On the Official Facebook Website—
‘Guardian Witness’ Participation
STOP THE GENOCIDE ; A peaceful March for Syrian issue.
The first protest I got involved. It was quite pleasant experiences for me, seeing all those people desperately fighting for something together. Also, being almost only asian person in marching people was also unique experience, giving me a chance to think of what I have been thinking these days. ;;; every Individual – representing their views, in their own boundary or limitation.