Re: Media and Violence

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    > Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2002 20:33:27 +0200
    > From: "Kenneth Van Oost" <>
    > Subject: Re: Media and Violence
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    > From: Vincent Campbell <>
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    > Hi all,
    > An addition on the media and violence thread,
    > Now that Le Pen won the pre- selection for the French presidency the
    > media is to blame, so it seems.
    > The comments expressed the assumption that if the media did not made
    > the pre- selection into an exercise between Chirac and Jospin, Le Pen
    > would not have won. For the media the obvious race was between the
    > present president Chirac and his PM Jospin. Noone counted in Le Pen.
    > There are a lot of reasons which contradict this ( the good weather,
    > everybody thought the same as the media did, etc....).
    > Can we say the media is to blame or is this another urban legend of
    > some kind !?
    > Regards,
    > Kenneth

    There is a lot to blame besides the media.

    According to the New York Times Op-Ed columns one factor is one that all the
    western democracies could face. Given the situation in France of the big two
    parties, the French public chose the 1st round ballot to stick two fingers
    up at them by voting for smaller 'no hoper' groups and parties.
    Unfortunately there was more choice on the left so the votes were thinned
    out, whilst in the right there were only two, so Le Pen benefited. Add in
    the stay at homes, and wallop neo Nazi is through by a whisker.

    A second point is the lack of real choice voters face every where. Grey men
    in grey suits with policies to match have all seemed to blur, a bit like the
    end of Orwell's 'Animal Farm' which produces the ever lower turnouts.

    And possibly the escalation of the Anti Globalism?



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