>>3039>Who is the real source of power in a democratic society?
By democratic principles, the denizens of the society hold ultimate power. Democracy presents the societal collective as the barer of the very voice that dictates government decision.
Perhaps it is true that mass media determines democratic outcome. Simple 'social arithmetic' may just imply such as reasonable explanation for the modern system we find ruling over us. What we find here is that media elites reign far more sovereign over you and I than those who do warm the chairs. What we also find, is that those who do hold power are extremely hidden. Their power is obscured. Elected officials might as well be mere elevated middle men for those who shill for their election.
Simple. Those who do hold power are not held accountable. It is as if a CEO is not held accountable for the financial situation of the company. Sure, the company would crumble, striking several employees into financial hardship but what harm does it do the CEO?… far from enough.
This may just explain ills the West encounters today.
(Also, I isolate the 'determinant of democratic result' to mass media for the sake of simplicity. I'm sure it transcends media institutions as they're not the only ones who determine public opinion. Take, for example, those who we consider to be 'great thinkers' in academia as well as the academic institutions themselves.)