The Poor Do Not Exist even though poverty is increasing Media misdirects o The

The poor do not exist even though poverty is

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“The Poor Do Not Exist” even though poverty is increasing; Media misdirects: o The Poor are Faceless: poor are treated more as a number or statistics instead of focusing on the suffering the poor faces o The Poor Are Undeserving: poor are presented as dangerous drug addicts, welfare cheaters, urban or black, as if they deserve our resentment; which makes upper class crimes usually from whites seem deviant from the norm o The Poor Are An Eyesore: media focuses more on middle-class opposition to the poor than on the plight of the poor o The Poor Have Only Themselves To Blame: media presents the poor as living a in cycle of poverty, women are promiscuous -> single motherhood, men are druggies America does have enough money to eliminate poverty by redistributing wealth
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8 “The Wealthy Are Us” the media aligns itself with an intelligent and tasteful audience; establishes a perception of the “other”; the concerns of the wealthy are the concerns of us all (ex. Stocks, business news, ski reports) o requires gestalt (see the whole more than the sum of its parts) switch; to see things differently is hard to imagine o The Wealthy (as a Class) Do Not Exist: media fails to notice how the rich shape and create domestic and foreign policy especially through secret business links to help secure their high class privileges and interest § Most of Congress are millionaires o The Wealthy Are Fascinating and Benevolent: media hypes up people who’ve become famous; keeps elite informed about themselves and other to gawk; presented positively o The Wealthy Include a Few Bad Apples: media sometimes mocks bad personality flaws; treats abuse of power as isolated and only to legitimate the system o The Middle Class Is Us: Working people + upperclass = universal middle class who all share same concerns o The Middle Class Is a Victim: victimized by the poor who increase costs of maintaining welfare, by minorities who cause crime, and by workers who increase prices o The Middle Class Is Not a Working Class: middle class = employees; working class = blue collar workers who got their from bad luck or as a consequence of their actions Media: There is no ruling class but the concerns of the wealthy (actually the ruling class) concern everyone and we hate those people below us cause class structure o Blue collar workers blamed for declining purchasing power when they are the ones suffering from inflation o Corporate America commits just as many crimes as those in the ghettos o Mass media is neither objective, balanced, independent nor neutral; and is controlled by those in the upper class Making it by Faking it by Robert Granfield Working class entered university with class pride desiring to make social change due to hardships their parents in working-class jobs faced o But they lacked cultural capital and their backgrounds became a burden § Cultural Capital: nonmaterial goods such as edu credentials, knowledge and expertise, verbal skills, aesthetic preferences that can be converted into economic capital o Kinda gave them a reality check showing them they don't belong o
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