Manufacturing consent in reality tv fan votes

Reality tv uses basic tools to influence fan votes. When you notice those tools, you notice similar patterns in political media.

There are many structural elements that not only influence who wins votes / elections, but how we conceptualize elections to begin with.

In the most basic sense, the amount of exposure someone gets influences their votes. The only reason Joe Biden dominated the early polling of the 2020 primary is because he's the candidate who most people know the best. This is even easier to witness in reality tv fan votes.

The American middle class revolt against the Capitalist class’s mixed messages on China

American corporations, like the NBA and Blizzard, tell us on one hand that China is evil, but on the other hand, they do business with China. However, when the political and economic converge, the American Middle Class lashes out at the mixed messages.

Americans are struggling with cultural stuff regarding China, because they're realizing how much a world power China now is. But that genie has been out of the bottle for 20+ years, and there's no going back. The only ways to go back is something like going all in on the trade war with China, but that in and of itself would completely shift the global economic landscape.

Even then, China still has enough autonomy that the US definitely can't stop China's growth, and intensifying the China trade war would cut the US out of the biggest source of capital flow, which most American capitalist don't want. Some want the trade war to tip minor things in their favor, but none want to be removed from their overall trading position with China.

The Activision Blizzard layoffs and the ‘Tendency of the Rate of Profit to Fall’

Christian Patterson2019-02-15Underground MallSupplemental Introduction:I posted this on reddit and got some pushback, so before the post, I wanted to clarify a few things, because the pushback was rooted in misunderstanding my approach:1. This post is through the lens of the Tendency of the Rate of Profit to Fall (TRPF) in general. Although I'm approachimg it … Continue reading The Activision Blizzard layoffs and the ‘Tendency of the Rate of Profit to Fall’

Episode analysis: The Office “Boys and Girls” – the intersection of gender and class

Christian Patterson2019-02-08Underground Mall I wanted to do a quick Marxist reading of an episode of The Office. I was struck by how this episode has a lot to say about class and gender. The episode opens with women's day at the office, where corporate ballbuster Jan comes in to lead a very Cheryl Sandberg version … Continue reading Episode analysis: The Office “Boys and Girls” – the intersection of gender and class

Marxist reading of the reality show Big Brother, and Social Capital

Christian Patterson2019-02-06Underground Mall Usually, the tv show Big Brother is analyzed from a psychological perspective. A lot of this analysis is focused on things like surveillance, the Stanford Prison Experiment, and Lord of the Flies. But I've never read a Marxist analysis of the show, and since Celebrity Big Brother is going on right now, I will … Continue reading Marxist reading of the reality show Big Brother, and Social Capital