Monday, November 26, 2007

Spectacle defeats politics

An article in Le Monde argues that the spectacle of victimhood in campaigns such as Make Poverty History distracts us from the real political issues:

Like Erner, Caroline Eliacheff and Daniel Soulez-Larivière (2) attribute the unprecedented prestige and credibility accorded to victims to the transformation of politics into spectacle. But they also relate it to the end of the cold war: it feels safer, they suggest, to sympathise with the victims of a catastrophe than to engage politically in a complex world. In Erner’s view: “With Marxism dead, all we can do is sanctify victims.”

Mona Chollet  'Recognition or sanctification? Victimhood’s hidden agenda' (9/10/2007)

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