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What the Housewives of Real Auckland would look like

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Capitalism needs a huge ongoing propaganda campaign to succeed.

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Instead of the Real Housewives of Auckland, we should have the Housewives of Real Auckland where Housewives weep over the ability to get a deposit in a property bubble; scream knowing their kids education is being underfunded; get angry over the limited maternity leave and child care options; and smash holes in the poorly insulated walls over their pay gap.

 

The Entertainment section of each newspaper should just read ‘American Soft Power Daily’. America don’t care we buy our flatscreen TVs from China, but what they want is us watching their cultural corporate values.

The America-China cold war is being fought out in the Pacific and NZ is part of that power struggle. It’s why America is trying to sign us up to the TPPA. It is why America wants to send a warship to Auckland harbour. It is why America arrested Kim Dotcom in NZ to extend US jurisdiction into cyberspace. It is the reason we have been upgraded by the NSA into a 5 Eyes mass surveillance state. It is why our mainstream media are drenched in American culture.

Capitalism needs a huge ongoing propaganda campaign to succeed. Shows like The Batchelor and Real Housewives of Auckland are less classy and cheaper versions of ‘Triumph of the Will‘.

Leni Riefenstahl would be blushing.

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20 Comments

  1. Liminal says:

    Is this for real, Martyn?
    Why are they in all in black? Is this continued promotion of NZ-All Blacks brand? Hardly a promotion of individuality and diversity either.

    Grow up NZ! Deal with real issues on TV (as suggested above).

  2. Afewknowthetruth says:

    In the satanic culture of US-led global corporatism black is the compulsory colour (non-colour) for all attire.

    Prove you are a mindless fuckwit who is devoted to global fascism but doesn’t even know what fascism is by wearing the colour (non-colour) we tell you to wear.

    (And don’t forget to stuff yourself silly with non-nutritional food produced and marketed by global corporations until you are completely braindead.)

    Can’t wait for the creepy, toxic, evil culture to collapse.

  3. LOSTRELIC says:

    Monkey-see, Monkey-do. If future generations were to ask me what destroyed the planet, I might just say television.

  4. Whispering Kate says:

    Wow I am amazed – how did Sally Ridge not manage to be one of the housewives – can’t agree more, NZ is becoming a wide awake nightmare – wonders will never cease.

  5. Wensleydale says:

    Everyone already hates Auckland, and with the addition of this televisual bowel motion, they’ll hate us even more. Thanks Mediaworks, you clueless fucking munters.

    • donna says:

      Eek! You’re right.
      I’m with Martin – show some REAL housewives of Auckland: my neighbour going to work at 5.30 in the morning, her mother coming home at 8 at night; the ones struggling to bring up their children in a single room in a Mangere boarding house; and the ones isolated in suburbs with no food or easy way to go shopping. There’s more but it’s a long list. The gross, creepy creatures in the photo are not part of any Auckland I know.

  6. wanafli says:

    While I agree with the above sentiments, there’s always the OFF button people.
    And yes, I DO have a TV. We watch movies on it, ones that we choose.

  7. Afewknowthetruth says:

    ‘……Those coming of age today will face some of the greatest obstacles ever encountered by young people. They will find themselves overtaxed and struggling to find worthwhile employment in a debt-ridden economy on the brink of implosion. Their privacy will be eviscerated by the surveillance state.

    They will be the subjects of a military empire constantly waging war against shadowy enemies and on guard against domestic acts of terrorism, blowback against military occupations in foreign lands. And they will find government agents armed to the teeth ready and able to lock down the country at a moment’s notice.

    As such, they will find themselves forced to march in lockstep with a government that no longer exists to serve the people but which demands they be obedient slaves or suffer the consequences.

    It’s a dismal prospect, isn’t it?

    Unfortunately, we who should have known better failed to guard against such a future.

    Worse, as I document in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, we neglected to maintain our freedoms or provide our young people with the tools necessary to survive, let alone succeed, in the impersonal jungle that is modern civilization.

    We brought them into homes fractured by divorce, distracted by mindless entertainment, and obsessed with the pursuit of materialism. We institutionalized them in daycares and afterschool programs, substituting time with teachers and childcare workers for parental involvement. We turned them into test-takers instead of thinkers and automatons instead of activists.

    We allowed them to languish in schools which not only often look like prisons but function like prisons, as well—where conformity is the rule and freedom is the exception. We made them easy prey for our corporate overlords, while instilling in them the values of a celebrity-obsessed, technology-driven culture devoid of any true spirituality. And we taught them to believe that the pursuit of their own personal happiness trumped all other virtues, including any empathy whatsoever for their fellow human beings……..

    https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_commentary/dont_sleep_through_the_revolution_a_graduation_message_for_a_dark_age

  8. Castro says:

    Give me America over China any day of the week. If you love totalitarianism then prove that you’re a leftie and move to North Korea. We need economic nationalists here, not bleeding heart liberals. The real housewives would be 35% non-English-speaking Asians at least. It looks to me like the Chinese are the colonialists on the ground.

    • Andrea says:

      You can have both! In this week’s two for one deal you can have both these amazing, polluted, money-fidgets for your very own collection of crazy countries we’d love to clean up!

      Meanwhile – people of refinement and taste choose Bhutan, where happiness matters…

    • fatty says:

      “35% non-English-speaking Asians”

      Thankfully, by the sounds of it you’ve never spoken to any new immigrants. Here’s some news for you – immigrants can speak more than one language, which is more than me (and probably you).

      I suspect they’ve taken one look at you and said “no English” so they didn’t have to converse with you. I’m yet to meet an immigrant without English, and I’ve met many.

  9. Mike in Auckland says:

    With all this crap I see on TV and follow in the MSM, I ask, bring it on, bring on the economic and social collapse, to force people to eat out of a pig’s trough to survive.

    I fear we need some massive disaster for people to wake up and realise what is really important in life and four our people and country, do be waned of such nonsensical crap that is presented on TV and radio.

    History is about to repeat itself, and we will get rid of all this shallow and dumbing down madness, I am sure.

  10. Kim dandy says:

    Good grief – just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse.

  11. WILD KATIPO says:

    ‘ The America-China cold war is being fought out in the Pacific and NZ is part of that power struggle. It’s why America is trying to sign us up to the TPPA. It is why America wants to send a warship to Auckland harbour. It is why America arrested Kim Dotcom in NZ to extend US jurisdiction into cyberspace. It is the reason we have been upgraded by the NSA into a 5 Eyes mass surveillance state. It is why our mainstream media are drenched in American culture. ‘
    ………………………………………………………………………………………..

    From the days of the Sumerians , Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Grecian , Roman and all other greater or lesser empires to the present day… distraction and diversion has always been a classic tool to shift public scrutiny and attention from an empires leaders… the classic being the ‘ bread and circuses’ of Rome.

    Today’s counterparts are no different. In fact they are far more subtle. To coin a phrase ‘ As Rome burns… we are fed reality TV’… or fed cheap consumer junk, food, loans…

    And while orchestrated events are conducted to instill fear, suspicion and division… those magnates who own and have centralized global media company’s , then drip feed us their version of events on a need to know basis. And in so doing they can manipulate popular opinion .

    This is at the very core of propaganda.

    And advertising.

    That reference to Adolf Hitlers ‘ Triumph of the Will’ … is often sneered at by those who count themselves as being far too sophisticated in the year 2016 to fall for any such blatant ultra nationalism in this day and age.

    And yet more often than not they are among that very same number who blithely accept today’s brainwashing as simply life in the year 2016. Moreover… often their sheer reticence to challenge the political spin handed down to them while they are in a position to question it demonstrates they are part of the problem, not the solution.

    I refer of course to many of those who work in the main media outlets in this country…. to a lesser extent those who are the unfortunate recipients ( the public ) of that spin.

    New Zealand and its people are now facing a tough new era of economic and political change ,… with no real immediate end in sight to it under this current govt. To sneer at past generations who knew only too well the very grim realities of fascism and the subtle effects of propaganda on a nations populace is to display an incredibly demeaning arrogance and bias towards those previous generations who actually lived through it.

    If the idea that fascism or totalitarianism is only relegated to one country and does not affect several country’s at once,… think again.

    Both Germany, Italy , Spain had that system in the 1930’s. And they were natural bedfellows. Regarding modern times… we are part of the 5 eyes spy network born out of WW2… except that with the advent of technology it has become so easy to implement mass surveillance of not only foreign powers but also of its own people.

    Incidents can be arranged to panic people into accepting this and surrendering their civil liberty’s- and this has been done already in the west. On foreign soil, the same…except in that case it is generally to justify some sort of action against some perceived ‘offender’ and gain the voting public’s support. And to deflect further , a distraction is needed… something that will discourage general public dissent…

    And so the rise of banality in main stream media agendas… and the demise of focused, in-depth scrutiny that is not concerned with taking sides but seeks the truth.

    And the OP has provided an example of this in a more local setting… in true banal fashion instead of focusing on the reality’s that many struggling family’s are under in this country which implicates govt policy and ideology’s… we have a program that on the face of it denies the reality of thousands of struggling family’s in this country as a direct result of current govt policy – policy that was not local in origin but that was a direct result of of foreign far right think tanks and economists that could be tailored to regional and local conditions yet all permeating in its effects…

    And to those who sneer and scoff and believe they are far too sophisticated these days to be taken in by the historical examples of Leni Riefenstahl’s ‘Triumph of the Will’…..

    Think again.

  12. Shona says:

    missing the thumbs up . Why has it been withdrawn.?

    • Wensleydale says:

      They probably got sick of the daily exodus of slack-jawed knuckle-draggers from WhaleOil crawling over here to down-vote everything. Can’t say I blame them.

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