Free speech today is not ‘free’ but a commodity. Our interaction with ‘ubiquitous’ media via screen technologies is a key driver of contemporary capitalism.
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We can see again an implicit framework that the major parties share, albeit from different sides … for at least many of the younger generations it is surely a danse macabre, of figures of an old world that retain only slight purchase on the key issues and forms of the present.
It is a classic situation of a war government gathering support on the home front by creating divisions and binding loyalties, and of a shallow media setting up feared figures then knocking them over in preemptive ways in what we are expected to see as civilised media behaviour.
If the non-response to the marches against the Iraq war in 2003 confirmed a disabling political cynicism in many people, today we witness the political fruits of two decades of aggression in the Middle East and its fallout.
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