Grossberg states that in order to hide the economic troubles that have been resulting from policies, conservatives are, “attempting to distract the public’s attention by turning it to ideological issues” (p.257). This is just another example of how politics is more about keeping the public at ease than telling the truth.
He goes on to talk about the fact that the public is lied to, and that events are often intentionally represented selectively. This is done to reduce the public’s worry, especially in times of economic crisis. This is not the media’s fault; it is a result of the relations between both popular sentiment and sales on one hand, and between the press and the state bureaucracy (the sources of information) of the other (Grossberg, p.257-8).
It is increasingly difficult to tell the difference between political reporting and human interest stories, since facts and lies are being increasingly blurred together. The government needs to keep the public happy, and the media are always searching for the best stories. The state has to therefore be cautious in what it releases to the press, and they often embellish or make statements that may not be completely true.
The economic crisis is effecting everyone. It is important however that the new conservatives deal with it the best way possible so that the public remains calm and as happy as possible. They will always make statements to show strength, even when times are tough, because they need to keep the popular culture thinking positively about what’s going on.
Although this was written in the 90s by Grossberg, it continues today, and will continue for a while. Although some people are outraged, no one speaks out against the government because there has been a depoliticization of culture.
Good old new conservatism!