Real Media: Manufacturing Consent

A succinct article from RealFare on what many of us have been observing – the disturbing acceleration of UK media bias and how this works as propaganda in order to disenfranchise us from true democracy.

Thomas Barlow


Over the past 18 months we have found that the bias in the media has become more and more pronounced.  Whilst there is expected to be party political affiliations and general theoretical leanings, the media has failed to ask fundamental questions and has omitted from reporting things that it could not criticise (such as numerous marches and movements against austerity).

Russell Brand asked the question (over the Scottish referendum), “how is a democracy supposed to function, without access to accurate and unbiased information?”  

The answer is, of course, that it isn’t supposed to.

“As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable, the the powerful can do as they please, and those who survive will be left to contemplate the outcome.”

Noam Chomsky

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The focus of this Real Media Series is to highlight not…

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LIVE: JAH WOBBLE’s INVADERS OF THE HEART, Hebden Bridge Trades Club, 7th Nov 2014

My Live Review of the immense Jah Wobble’s Invaders of the Heart, reblogged from @BackseatMafia where I now contribute music and art interviews and reviews. Wobble is the ex-bassist from the legendary, post-punk PiL. John Lydon always gets the publicity for his vocals/lyrics, but for me it was the original musicians of PiL – Jah, Martin Atkins and Keith Levine – who were the true visionaries and experimentalists. All individually doing some really interesting projects now too.

Backseat Mafia


It’s been 20 odd years since the last outing of Jah Wobble’s Invaders, with tonight being one of a mere handful of gigs. Originally planned to coincide with a new album of covers and the forthcoming Redux Box Set (now expected in the New Year) they now serve as something of a live prelude to both. Not surprising then, that the smallish, much-acclaimed Trades Club venue is heaving.

Lesser men would let the palpable buzz of crowd excitement go to their head, but John `Jah Wobble’ Wardle is as earthed, yet charismatic, as his low-end bass-lines. So the band start up with little by the way of introduction, allowing the music to speak for itself as they warm us up with a couple of instrumental numbers, including a reflective rendition of the `Midnight Cowboy’ theme.

An inspired cover of `Get Carter’ starts with an apt sample of dialogue from the…

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