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Media Lens - Launchpad For A Revolution? Russell Brand, The BBC And Elite Power
"It is understandable that there was much praise for Russell Brand's Newsnight interview and New Statesman essay. To a large extent, this signifies the desperation of people to hear any challenge to the power-protecting propaganda that we are force-fed every day. But two crucial factors here are that Brand was selected to appear by media gatekeepers; and that media institutions, notably the BBC, escaped serious scrutiny. If Brand was a serious threat to the broadcaster's projected image as a beacon of impartiality, he would not have been chosen."
BrandRussell  revolution  Newsnight  BBC  media  celebrity  politics 
october 2013 by petej
Worlds collide as Russell Brand predicts a revolution - Channel 4 News
"I think, on balance, Russell is right about the prospect of a revolution. It won't be a socialist revolution, nor even an anti-capitalist one in design.

It will be something cultural - like the mass uprising of Turkish youth I saw in Taksim Square this year. A complete rejection of the corrupt and venal values of those who run society. In fact, as I've written before, it's already going on.

What's driving it is the failure of the current model of capitalism to answer some basic questions: like where will the jobs come from if automation takes over our lives? Where will high wages come from if workers' bargaining power is just repeatedly stamped down by the process of globalisation? How will this generation be secure in old age, if the pension system is shattered and we face half a century of boom-bust?"
BrandRussell  PaxmanJeremy  Newsnight  revolution  youth  precarity  postFordism  jiltedGeneration  capitalism  anti-capitalism  socialMovements  Occupy  dctagged  dc:creator=MasonPaul 
october 2013 by petej

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