Dialect – “How the disastrous nature of our society came about”
“I realised all the things I thought about the world weren’t mad.”
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This week we hear from one of the country’s leading sociologists, writer and professor from Bath University David Miller. He explains how he was attracted to sociology because he realised there were other professional academics that shared his views on some of the inherent lies on which our society is based. In other words that he was not as ‘mad’ as he might have believed.
Read on for the details of this week’s show…
David explores the use of propaganda in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq and for powerful corporations to get their way, also to divert and distract the population away from scrutinising the corporations themselves. He paints a picture of a society based on massive private companies using the media to persuade decision makers that things are other than they are and sees the rest of us as helpless bystanders in a society devoid of democracy. Powerbase and Spinwatch are discussed, two of David’s projects and he takes us through the incredible mismatch between actual and perceived Islamic terrorism, pointing out that in fact it only accounts for around 1% of terrorism despite getting more than 50% of the newspaper and media coverage. He offers some hope in a UK which has had its political system entirely ‘captured’ by big business but says we may be facing decades of struggle to regain some say in how the country we live in is governed.
Anisa Mirreh and Jason Yannacopoulos discuss some of the week’s news including comments about class and peoples’ names and more trouble from the evil French based government contractor who is misclassifying disabled people as fit for work, ATOS.
Paul Fernie looks at Pluto which, apparently is not a planet.