Owen Jones And Con Coughlin - 14 November 2018
There is something dreamlike about the system of mass communication sometimes described as 'mainstream media'. The self-described 'rogue journalist' and 'guerrilla poet' Caitlin Johnstone tweeted it well:
- 'The Iraq invasion feels kind of like if your dad had stood up at the dinner table, cut off your sister's head in front of everyone, gone right back to eating and never suffered any consequences, and everyone just kind of forgot about it and carried on life like it never happened.'
In a dream, the common sense rules and rationality of everyday life are, of course, suspended – we float to the top of the stairs, a cat smiles, a person is beheaded at the dinner table and the vegetables are served.... See more
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