Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class by Owen Jones

By Owen Jones

In smooth Britain, the operating category has develop into an item of worry and mock. From Little Britain’s Vicky Pollard to the demonization of Jade Goody, media and politicians alike push aside as feckless, criminalized and ignorant an enormous, underprivileged swathe of society whose individuals became stereotyped via one, hate-filled be aware: chavs.

In this acclaimed research, Owen Jones explores how the operating type has long gone from “salt of the earth” to “scum of the earth.” Exposing the lack of expertise and prejudice on the center of the chav sketch, he portrays a much more advanced truth. The chav stereotype, he argues, is utilized by governments as a handy figleaf to prevent actual engagement with social and fiscal difficulties and to justify widening inequality. in line with a wealth of unique examine, Chavs is a damning indictment of the media and political institution and an illuminating, demanding portrait of inequality and sophistication hatred in smooth Britain. This up-to-date version encompasses a new bankruptcy exploring the explanations and effects of the united kingdom riots in the summertime of 2011.

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The ratio of time-spent-on-research to number-of-paid-articles-published is about as lousy as it gets. It’s a journalist’s nightmare. It’s a journalist’s bank manager’s nightmare. Above all—just ask my wife—it’s a journalist’s spouse’s nightmare. Mind you, there’s always Big Oil, isn’t there? Big Oil, which according to environmental activist George Monbiot is largely responsible for funding the lies and disinformation fomented by the foolish media. In one of his Guardian articles, he sought to prove his point with four “shocking” examples: 1.

US conspiracy by Big Business to hide the truth and destroy the world. Here, for example, is Al Gore pushing this line in An Inconvenient Truth: The misconception that there is a serious disagreement among scientists about global warming is actually an illusion that has been deliberately fostered by a relatively small but extremely well-funded cadre of special interests, including ExxonMobil and a few other oil, coal, and utilities companies. These companies want to prevent any new policies that would interfere with their current business plans… One of the internal memos prepared by this group to guide the employees they hired to run their disinformation campaign was discovered by the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Ross Gelbspan.

Public Broadcasting System (PBS) documentary in 2007, they rigged the temperature of the room where the hearing took place: What we did is that we went in the night before and opened all the windows inside the room…so that the air conditioning wasn’t working…so when the hearing occurred there wasn’t only bliss which is television cameras in double figures, but it was really hot. So Al Gore lied. So Tim Wirth rigged a congressional hearing. So James Hansen exaggerated. So Ben Santer rewrote the report.

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