Protesters have been organizing massive marches for weeks in cities around Spain, but on March 22nd, they all converged on Madrid, the nation’s Capitol and held a demonstration so large that the city was effectively shut down for several days. Estimates from reporters on the scene have protesters numbering in the hundreds of thousands, coming from across the country to the heart of the city from six different directions.
Meanwhile on our mainstream news we hear hours and hours and hours about a missing plane and how evil the Ruskies are. Both of which are clearly newsworthy but then is a demonstration involving hundreds of thousands that closes down a major European capital for several days not news?
The truth is that Neoliberal capitalism and the ruling elite that are trying to impose it globally in their own interests, are facing massive popular resistance across the globe on a daily basis – but you would never know this if you watched mainstream news. By adopting the ‘entertainment’ values of spectacle, melodrama and shock the mainstream news ends up being as much of a diversion from reality as the spectacular entertainment shows such as X Factor, Big Brother et al. And thus rather than educating the electorate to be able to make informed democrat decisions, the media, sometimes unwittingly, ends up acting as a propaganda machine for the ruling elite.