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What Really Happened to the 1960s: How Mass Media Culture Failed American Democracy Hardcover – November 18, 2010
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And then he goes through, decade by decade, pointing out with surgical precision how a reactive right wing and subequently growing neocon/neolib "center" used financing and takeovers to create "think tanks" and media conglomerates to slowly but steadily (especially from 1980 on--but also before) changed the view of the 1960s, the "legitimate discourse," the bounds of poltical vision and discourse back to those more common in the pre-Great-Society or even pre-New-Deal periods. We all know how television and film images--and those in the books that got published--of "the Sixties" distorted and trivalized the flowerings of this period; we all know how, since 2008, or 2001, or 1980, the "1 percent," the "oligarchy," the "ruling class" or "megacorporate structure," have taken over our economy and government functions and the common-wealth. Morgan, in this book, shows us how this was done. You will never again say "Oh those Sixties protestors, they were just hippies who faded off when the fight got real" or "So--those old dudes--they didn't do anything (yawn)" after you read this brilliant book.
It is an especially relevant work for today, given the U.S. government propaganda effort known as the “Vietnam Commemoration” that seeks to rewrite the history of that war and the antiwar movement that opposed it, at home and in the military.
Building upon the writings and support of activist-scholars such as Noam Chomsky, Vietnam veteran W.D. Ehrhart, H. Bruce Franklin, Edward S. Herman, Robert McChesney, Marilyn B. Young, and the late Howard Zinn–whose writings on democracy, the “Sixties,” and the American War in Vietnam have stood the test of time, Morgan challenges us to confront the fundamental forces of that era and the perceptions that have been shaped by the corporate media about it.
Critical to his entire analysis is his persuasive argument that the Left has been excluded from the mainstream debate in the country about the great events that shaped the “Sixties” and the American War in Vietnam.Read more ›