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La Coupe du Monde FIFA 2014 au Brésil vue par Paulo Ito

12 Juin 2014 , Rédigé par Béthune

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Peinture murale par l'artiste brésilien Paulo Ito

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La vérité, c'est qu'il y a tellement d'injustice au Brésil qu'il est difficile de savoir par où commencer", déclare Paulo Ito à Slate. Et l'artiste de conclure : "Je ne voulais pas dire que rien n'est fait pour combattre la pauvreté, mais nous avons besoin de montrer au monde que la situation n'est toujours pas résolue".


La Coupe du Monde vue par le sociologue James Petras:


Brazil: Workers Struggle Trumps Sports Spectacle
06.03.2014 :: Latin America    

Introduction: For decades social critics have bemoaned the influence of sports and entertainment spectacles in ‘distracting’ workers from struggling for their class interests. According to these analysts, ‘class consciousness’ was replaced by ‘mass’ consciousness.

They argued that atomized individuals, manipulated by the mass media, were converted into passive consumers who identified with millionaire sports heroes, soap opera protagonists and film celebrities.

The culmination of this ‘mystification’ – mass distraction –were the ‘world championships’ watched by billions around the world and sponsored and financed by billionaire corporations: the World Series (baseball), the World Cup (soccer/futbol), and the Super Bowl (American football).

Today, Brazil is the living refutation of this line of cultural-political analysis. Brazilians have been described as ‘football crazy’. Its teams have won the most number of World Cups. Its players are coveted by the owners of the most important teams in Europe. Its fans are said to “live and die with football” . . . Or so we are told.

Yet it is in Brazil where the biggest protests in the history of the World Cup have taken place. As early as a year before the Games, scheduled for June 2014, there have been mass demonstrations of up to a million Brazilians. In just the last few weeks, strikes by teachers, police, construction workers and municipal employees have proliferated. The myth of the mass media spectacles mesmerizing the masses has been refuted - at least in present-day Brazil.

To understand why the mass spectacle has been a propaganda bust it is essential to understand the political and economic context in which it was launched, as well as the costs and benefits and the tactical planning of popular movements.

LA SUITE: http://petras.lahaine.org/?p=1988

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