Sunday, September 30, 2007

Fabius Signs On Marshall McLuhan's Magical Mystery Tour

Laurent Fabius is the latest in a long line of Socialists who think that the president oughtn't to be on TV so often. In fact, Fabius wants a constitutional amendment to require time allotted to the president to be deducted from time allotted to the government.

I see an element of magical thinking here. The Socialists still cannot comprehend their loss of the presidency, so they are searching for occult theories. Sarkozy must exercise some wizardry by way of le petit écran, Fabius seems to be arguing, so we must amend the constitution to limit his use of it. Had it not been for Sarko's magic, Ségo's might have worked: Jospin accuses her of having sought to become the incarnation of the people, in the manner of Jeanne d'Arc or the king's sacred body, rather than its representation, in the democratic sense.

This is absurd. What is more, it is contemptuous of the people, who do not sit mesmerized before images of Sarkozy emanating from their screens. The problem lies with the message, not the medium. McLuhan is soooooo last-century.


Anonymous said...

Jospin is right. It is true that SRoyal thinks of herself as an incarnation.

Her two reactions to Jospin's book were absolutely amazing coming from a Socialist supposed to be impregnated with the spirit of " laicité".

In the first one she compared herself to Jeanne d'Arc, no less..

In the second, she did even better , paraphrasing the words of Jesus in the Bible :" pardonnez-leur, car ils ne savent pas ce qu'ils font".

Often during the campaign, with her white outfits, extended arms and inspired words, she was playing Madonna ( not the rock star..) to her audience. No wonder it left the Socialists somewhat baffled.

By the way, another French President before Sarkozy thought of himself as the incarnation of France, and also made clever use of TV power. His name was Ch. De Gaulle !

Anonymous said...

Interesting to have foreign views, but disapointing to see the same "fraîcheur" that leaded 60% of the socialists to choose the "impasse"

freshness is nearly innocence talking about Royal's fans

1/ the number one french magical thinker is sarkozy (also holds the "fast-thinker" gold medal).

2/ anyway, this guy's ability to pass his caricature of message is infinitely more effective than the one of Royal. Jospin views about importance of the ability of throwing messages are evident even for Royal's friends.

3/ if you can speak 10 times more than your opponent, you will always be the one who is right in the polls.

4/ So, the socialists couldn't get their message passed due to their despairing candidate. And now, in addition to sarkozy's skills, they are silenced du to despairing situation of french medias.

5/ about the "message": every socialist knew that the strong political lines had to be decided with the choice of their candidate. Who doubts that DSK ("right wing") or Fabius ("left wing") would have built their own consistent political project?

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