Saturday, April 28, 2012

Under-reported

Yesterday, around 10,000 people marched up the main street of Auckland City to protest against the asset sales the government is planning. The media however have downplayed the scale of the protest, with some saying that there were only 3,000 people there. Numbers aside, my biggest gripe is that it hardly got any media coverage whatsoever. Last night it got a 30 second slot on the news. A 20-person picket against a rural local body governmental issue a few months back got about 3-4 minutes. Further than that, news articles on stuff.co.nz and the NZ herald barely got a whiff on their respective home pages. The second largest protest in a generation and the media looks away and contributes to the widespread political apathy in this country.

"The worse reality becomes, the less a beleaguered population wants to hear about it, and the more it distracts itself with squalid pseudo-events of celebrity breakdowns, gossip, and trivia. These are the debauched revels of a dying civilization. The most ominous cultural divide lies between those who chase after these manufactured illusions, and those who are able to puncture the illusion and confront reality."
—Chris Hedges, Empire of Illusion (p. 190)

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