2014-07-25

Politeness of Censorship


Opposed to the traditional censorship, that we can call positive, censorship in our neoliberal regime can be qualified as negative. In contemporary neoliberal pseudo-democracies freedom of speech censorship is, apparently, not so violent; dissenting positions or opinions can still be expressed through alternative and minority media. And yet in the mainstream media, which occupy most of the spectrum, a negative censorship is practiced. Here the advertisers pay (this is the only shareholders' concern) not only to appear in the media but also for the readers' indoctrination in neoliberal ideology, so that they consume their products (Noam Chomsky, Understanding Power. The Indispensable Chomsky, 2002). Thus, it would be at least polemical to place the ad of an oil corporation besides an article highlighting the benefit that wars bring to the oil industry. As a result, neoliberal censorship operates as an abstract, impersonal, anonymous machinery, which suggests --of course, quite politely--, the contents to be politically correct. As in other aspects  concerning the neoliberal imperialism, the violence is thus outsourced to the margins of the system.  

Image after mainstream media's logos [fu/fd].