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#11 First you have to Know the Media. Who are they??
Russell A. Castro Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice Southeastern Louisiana University, proposed the Elite Model for American politics in which he states:|
The Elite Model argues that power within society is highly concentrated. The Elite Model posits THREE levels of power in American society:
1) the power-elite (extremely powerful) 2) the government (powerful) 3) the mass public (relatively powerless).
Less than 1% of the U.S population own approximately 85% of the nations “income-producing-wealth.”
(Diana Kendall 1999, Sociology in Our Times)
The top 400 households in the United States earned over 1% of the total income paid out to the ENTIRE U.S national population of 280 MILLION people. (New York Times 2003)
The tiny “Power-Elite” class control: Energy (Oil, Natural Gas, and other energy technologies). Banking & Investment Securities. Insurance (life/health, property, & commercial). Transportation (Automobile, Aircraft, and Sea Vessel production & sales + the air-travel and transport businesses). Pharmaceuticals. Commercial Food Production. The Mass Media (TV, Radio, & Entertainment).
THE ELITE MODEL: Summarized In this way, candidates selected (through economic support) by the elite compete in elections arranged and driven by organizations supported by the elite (political parties) and are voted into office (and thus, made legitimate) by the mass-public, who get all of their information about the social world (and about politics) from the mass media, which is dominated and controlled by the elite.
To be the U.S president you need huge funds to succeed in getting the job. Basically this model argues that to get this money you are owned by corporations who own virtually everything. Wihout them you cannot get the job.
How many people bother with voting? In the 2000 Elections in the U.S, G. Bush 50,456,002 votes 47.87%, A. Gore 50,999,897 votes 48.38%. Out of a voting Population of 206,000,000 where the best personality wins. Where are the rest of the voters? Apathy. A lot of people don't care and the same in the U.K with turnouts of 60% for a National election. When people have the vote there is nothing to protest about and the see-saw of the parties to power is just a stupid game to cover who really is in charge. And just look at the similarity in the figures for these two candidates!! Nearly 50% of the voters didn't get their way. But because this is the system they just say O.K.