Not Much Bread, but a Lot of Circus

October 30, 2011 at 3:20 pm (Uncategorized)

Just a quick follow-up to the Rob Ford-This-Hour-Has-22-Minutes debacle this week.

Within days, the incident devolved into a he-said/she-said situation. Ford admitted to using the F-word, but denied the other stuff. (And in this, he was backed up by the Police Chief Bill Blair). The call to “play the 911 tapes” became louder.

Meanwhile, council voted to privatize garbage collection in parts of the city.

Guess which received more coverage?

Even the story about banning shark fin soup received more prominence.

The point is not to suggest police collusion and media conspiracy (oops!), but rather to look at a broader way that order can be maintained. The capitalist system is quite adept at defusing moments of social crisis into “popular” stories – isn’t there another royal wedding due soon?

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