Reflections on the media and the Songkhran uprising

29 04 2009

Pravit Rojanaphruk (Prachatai, 29 April 2009: “Mass media accused of middle-class anti-reds bias”) has an article that includes analysis of the mainstream media in Thailand and its claimed bias. Pravit concludes:

“The middle class’ daily dealings with the lower class is marked by hierarchical and patronage relationships such as one of manager-to-worker, passenger-to-taxi-driver, master-to-maid, diner-to-waiter, sex-buyer-to-sex-worker and more.

The middle class and elite are not used to truly listening to the lower class and rather wish they remain docile as cab drivers, waiters or prostitutes instead of being active as fellow Thai citizens, capable of independent and equal political thoughts and aspirations.

If lower-class people are in the news, many of the middle class rather wish they were on the news as a “good cabbie” who returns a forgotten wad of bank notes left behind by a forgetful middle class or rich passenger. Or, as an award-winning bartender, or perhaps a maid who was a rape victim of a cruel house master. To them, the poor reds can’t possibly have an independent mind and are more likely to have been duped or bribed by Thaksin and his cohorts…”.

Also at Prachatai (29 April 2009: “Red shirts’ uprising” ) Chulalongkorn University political science lecturer Surachart Bamrungsuk is translated on his analysis of the Songkhran uprising. He suggests that the use of the military in crushing the red shirt uprising was “due to the fact that the red shirts politically and socially pose a threat to the middle-class and the elite.” Surachart claims that the poor, so long “disregarded,” have noe “become a strong political force.”



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