Posted by PintofStout on November 7th, 2008
The elections season is finally over. No court battles. No Recounts. No Controversy. The corporate consumption mechanism has the airwaves back to plant their ideas in your brain. The election is over and the people’s voices were heard…or were they?
When it is said that someone’s voice is heard, isn’t it usually referring to the airing of that person’s original thoughts and opinions? If an actor is reading from a script they didn’t write, their voice wasn’t heard, even thought they were physically speaking. So how does an election actually equate to voices being heard? And whose voices?
The election process in this country starts out with petitions. Some petitions require a multitude of signatures to be accepted and the candidate added to the ballot; some petitions require a small fraction of those signatures so long as the candidate has the proper party affiliation. In the very first stages, then, it seems a small portion of people have a bullhorn while muffling the voices of the rest. Thankfully for the whole process, “the people” have a memory span of about two shakes, and they forget all prior knowledge in order to put their voice into the chorus already written by the few.
As the nomination process progresses through to the actual general election, fewer and fewer “voices” are being heard. The voice of special interest and power players compose the chorus and direct the now-actors with the bullhorn of the corporate media. When the election finally arrives, the scripts are written, vetted, and approved. The voter simply chooses the script they wish to read and their “voice” is added to the chorus. By this time, they have already forgotten that this wasn’t actually their voice but continue to believe it anyway.
All the world is a stage, and we are merely players. Bravo, and I’m ready for my close-up.