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This blog used to be about politics. Not so much anymore as I have worked through my fascination with that subject. It now seems appropriate that with a new president and the end of the Bush nightmare that I move on to new subjects that are more in line with my current interests. I may still occasionally express an opinion about political matters but for the most part I will be commenting on music, photography and personal observations. Thank you for reading.

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on the media:

"The advertising of products, of course, is the real purpose of television. And it is difficult to overstate the extent to which modern pervasive electronic advertising has reshaped our society. In the 1950s, John Kenneth Galbraith first described the way in which advertising has altered the classical relationship by which supply and demand are balanced over time by the invisible hand of the marketplace. According to Galbraith, modern advertising campaigns were beginning to create high levels of demand for products that consumers never knew they wanted, much less needed.

The same phenomenon Galbraith noticed in the commercial marketplace is now the dominant fact of life in what used to be America's marketplace for ideas. The inherent value or validity of political propositions put forward by candidates for office is now largely irrelevant compared to the advertising campaigns that shape the perceptions of voters."

Try to imagine just for a second these words coming out of the mouth of our current president without the help of a speechwriter?

Wouldn't it be nice to have a leader of this country that could talk about real issues with ideas actually formulated through his own thoughts?

I think so.

And of course it wasn't Bush who said the above, I'll leave you to discover the identity of the speaker by following the link. But needless to say, I seriously doubt that Bush, a product of this very dysfunctional system, could recognize the effect it is having on our society.

Not only would Bush and his operatives not recognize this current distortion in communications as deleterious, he might even see it as advantageous to their cause. After all, in a medium wherein funding matters more than relevancy, a message that has very little grassroots support but offers tremendous benefits to people in power can easily be pushed to the forefront ahead of popular ideas that cannot find a suitable big money supporter.

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