TABACCO: In the next two weeks, ‘Class Dismissed’ is showing on Sunday, 12/11/11, at 5:30am, at 3:25pm, and Monday, 12/12/11 at 9:30am on DirecTV. If you have Dish Network, check your schedule! If you have Cable, shame on you!
Transcribed by Tabacco today, December 9, 2011:
Economic Class: income and accumulated wealth; Political Class: the power to influence the public and political process; Cultural Class: education, taste, lifestyle- known as cultural capital.
The working class is a stigmatized majority. Workers themselves often internalize this stigma. They reject the label “working class”. As a result they don’t have a sense of class solidarity or class consciousness – ?
Black workers and other workers of color tend to have the worst jobs, lower pay for the same work, sometimes the most dangerous jobs, higher unemployment rates. And it’s not because they’re just part of the working class; it’s because of the way the working class is racially segmented – and the same thing with gender. – ?
The frustrating thing is that very time you bring up the subject of ‘class’, some conservative is going to say, “That’s class warfare! You can’t say that!” There is a “class war” going on in the United States, but I think it’s a very one-sided class war that was initiated by the Corporate Elite. – female ?
“Class” in this country has become a dirty word! We don’t talk about “class” except that everybody is the “middle class” or it’s a “classless society”. But to really talk about the Working Class and the Capitalist Class is something that is outside of “Polite Company” in the popular press and the media. - ?
Stanley Aronowitz, Sociology, City University – New York: Class consciousness is not about statistics. Class consciousness is about whether you understand yourself as a social, political, economic actor, that what happens to you happens to many, many other people, who are in a similar position, and that you’re ready to act on that understanding.
Ed Asner, narrator: As TV evolved to a commercially sponsored medium, advertisers began to play an increasingly important role in creating programs. Their impact went far beyond on-screen sponsorship to having a hand in the actual production including script writing and hiring of talent. Due to their power and influence, advertisers were able to redefine the meaning of the American Dream from the search for a better life to the pursuit of a consumer lifestyle.
Working together, producers and advertisers understood that associating products with middle and upper class lifestyles would increase both ratings and sales. As television became more consolidated in the late 50s and early 60s, working class and immigrant families would gradually disappear.
TABACCO: To view the entire documentary, if you don’t have Satellite, I suggest you google ‘Class Dismissed’ and purchase or rent the documentary.
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