Organizations Agree That, “Any Act of Violence Will Be Met With a ‘General Sit-In’”
In 1967, the North American dissident Abbie Hoffman wrote that, “the modern-day revolutionary runs not to the government palace, but to the TV station.” It took many decades for social movements to catch up to his visionary statement. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the former Soviet Bloc regimes fell precisely when everyday citizens took the state-controlled TV stations. Likewise, the 2002 coup d’etat in Venezuela ended after three days when the people recaptured state-owned Channel 8. Six summers ago, in Oaxaca, Mexico, women took the state TV Channel 9 and broadcast from it for three months.
“Any act of violence will be met with a ‘general sit-in,’” reads the poster announcing the peaceful blockade of Televisa. “Our dreams don’t fit on your screen.”
Yet the private-sector television industry has remained largely untouched, even as people of most countries have come to see them as simulators of reality, far from their rhetoric that claims the mantle of a “free press.” The role of the mass media with unjust regimes is that of a symbiotic parasite. The governments guarantee special privileges for big TV networks, limiting their competition and maximizing their profits, and in turn the TV industry narrows all public discourse to spurious debate over topics that never even touch the open wounds and questions of the legitimacy of autocratic states. Mass media also serves up, daily, a circus of “entertainment,” manufactured controversy and celebrity gossip that channels people’s frustration and human impulses into the most frivolous concerns possible: TV stations truly are, in his age, “weapons of mass distraction.”
In Mexico, beginning on Thursday evening July 26 and continuing for 24 hours into Friday, tens of thousands of citizens, at minimum, will create a human wall around the headquarters of the country’s largest TV network, Televisa, in what the convoking organizations call “a symbolic blockade.”
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