Riots or Civil Disobedience? How media frame protest shapes the public’s view of uprisings

by Danielle Kilgo edited by O Society June 4, 2020 A teenager held her phone steady enough to capture the final moments of George Perry Floyd’s life as he apparently suffocated under the weight of a Minneapolis police officer’s knee on his neck. The video went viral. What happened next has played out time and again in American cities after high-profile cases … Continue reading Riots or Civil Disobedience? How media frame protest shapes the public’s view of uprisings

The Politics of Framing and the Framing of Politics

by Thomas Klikauer and Nadine Campbell edited by O Society May 21, 2020 We know how a frame works in picture framing, how to make one using carpentry, and we also know the frame in which a picture is placed can influence how we see a picture. Well, virtually the same thing applies to politics. … Continue reading The Politics of Framing and the Framing of Politics

Can We Stop Monopolization in a Pandemic?

https://twitter.com/matthewstoller/status/1180594952046137345 by Matt Stoller edited by O Society May 20, 2020 Today I’m going to list four examples of how the pandemic is enabling consolidation, and then observe why control of corporate assets fundamentally is a question of whether we live in a democratic society or an authoritarian one. Competing Narratives Around Monopolization Today I … Continue reading Can We Stop Monopolization in a Pandemic?

It’s time to reject the gods of commerce: America is a society of people, not an “economy”

America is about people, not profit margins. It must be, if our nation is to redeem itself in this crisis by David Masciotra edited by O Society May 13, 2020 The "economy" does not exist. Human beings exist. The economy is a social construct. What nearly everyone understands - except the same old politicians and economists … Continue reading It’s time to reject the gods of commerce: America is a society of people, not an “economy”

Capital in the 21st Century: Finally, a Movie that Tells the Story of How We Got Into this Mess

by Jon Schwarz edited by O Society May 7, 2020 “THE WAY the elite stays in power, and passes on their privilege to the next generation, is by shaping the way that we think.” You may have heard this from a million rose emoji Twitter accounts. But it sounds different coming from Gillian Tett at the beginning of a … Continue reading Capital in the 21st Century: Finally, a Movie that Tells the Story of How We Got Into this Mess

The Inevitable Coronavirus Censorship Crisis is Here

As the Covid-19 crisis progresses, censorship programs advance, amid calls for China-style control of the Internet by Matt Taibbi edited by O Society May 7, 2020 Earlier this week, Atlantic magazine – fast becoming the favored media outlet for self-styled intellectual elites of the Aspen Institute type – ran an in-depth article of the problems free … Continue reading The Inevitable Coronavirus Censorship Crisis is Here