That we live in a state of corporate fascism (an idea recently explored by Amy Goodman and Ralph Nader) is, in my mind, axiomatic.
The idea is further explored in this article posted at CommonDreams.org exploring the identity between journalism and propaganda. Some good quotes:
Real information, subversive information, remains the most potent power of all-and I believe that we must not fall into the trap of believing that the media speaks for the public. That wasn’t true in Stalinist Czechoslovakia and it isn’t true of the United States.
In all the years I’ve been a journalist, I’ve never know public consciousness to have risen as fast as it’s rising today. Yes, its direction and shape is unclear, partly because people are now deeply suspicious of political alternatives, and because the Democratic Party has succeeded in seducing and dividing the electoral left. And yet this growing critical public awareness is all the more remarkable when you consider the sheer scale of indoctrination, the mythology of a superior way of life, and the current manufactured state of fear.
The year is 1984. But truth yet lives and breathes.
And the noosphere grows.