Saturday 18 January 2014

Education and communication - and politics

Decisions - whether political or other - are most often based upon perceptions, or else on what one wants people to perceive. Or perhaps it would be better to say, they are always based (also) on perceptions, on interpretations of data, however scientific the process leading up to the data. The point is that politics is also engaged in the art of creating perceptions - which is the role of the media, and education. Two arms that all totalitarian governments - or perhaps all governments - have always been careful to control. This intersection between communication and politics is what gives the unity to Gore Vidal's Narratives of Empire. How else to explain how Caroline Sanford, the main character sort of, begins as a newspaper publisher, goes on to become the leading actress in the early days of the movies, and then comes back to the publishing, sort of, while the United States goes on to take its place at the centre of the world stage. The newspapers first, and then the movies, and then television, I suppose: all profoundly linked to the work of politics.  

Religious government might easily be no different - if faith does not shoot through the entire process, and if it does not realize that it is Called and Carried. 

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