Medialens + John Pilger + Private Eye + Mark Thomas = REAL NEWS

The news today reported on Kraft trying to take over Cadbury before it reported on the imminent floods in Bangladesh. It wasn’t even as though Kraft have bought Cadbury – they refused the offer. It’s practically non-news. Terry Wogan retiring may also have been further up the agenda than the floods.

It’s a sorry state when you can’t even rely on the BBC to report real news; that they have fallen into the corporate media pit, reporting on ‘popular culture’ (surely oxymoronic).

So Medialens is my new favourite discovery. Set up to report the news that corporate media is either failing to report, or twisting the story. Recommended by John Pilgera a voice for the apparently forgotten or unimportant in global happenings. Through Medialens I have learnt that there was a military coup in Honduras, overthrowing the democratically elected government (something overlooked by the mainstrea press). John Pilger continues to fight the battle for the East Timorese, as well as criticise the ‘war on terror’. His latest article is about the Lockerbie frame. Mark Thomas is waging war on Coca Cola in his new book. And Private Eye continue to pull apart corporate media.

I’m also reading Noam Chomsky’s “Failed States” which is a fantastic book. No idea why its taken me so long to get round to reading it. Very into my dissent at the moment!

1 Comment

  1. No, not oxymoronic, as Shakespeare was popular culture in his day. It is only to the modern reader that his writings have become ‘high culture’. The latter may imply something esoteric and inaccessible to the masses, hence something elitist. Then, of course, we have ‘common culture’, which is a debate in itself…

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