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Narrative Justice? Enjoy the show.

When information pollutes justice, and therefore democracy.

The very recent controversy over the “poisoned meatball” packaged by Rai TV, through the “criminal” (in the sense of oriented to pre-establish a sentence of conviction, even before the start of the debate) TV show “Presa Diretta”, on the «Rinascita Scott» trial highlights how it is not true that the so-called right of the report helps Justice and ultimately the democracy of a civilized country. It creates justice, rather.

Briefly: journalists acquire (how?) acts of the prosecution that should by law be (and are in fact) unknown to the court itself, which should rather take note of them through the contradictory with defendants, in the many hundreds of hours of a debate (where irrelevant or forced elements are heard, evaluated and excluded). 

Instead, in the trial staged on television, in those two little hours available, without dispute and debate, only and only the accusatory thesis is exposed, pushed through awful techniques of manipulation of the content, through appropriate deletions, allusions, “conversational implication” that create a unilateral picture of the situation. 

This pre-builds the framework that «needs» to make scandalous the potential acquittal or other outcomes unuseful to the prosecutors.

It is a framework that creates undue pressure from public opinion, made by those who manipulate it, on judgment, which will have to deal — as has so often been the case in the past — with the judgment already issued by the television broadcast.

Now you can say that, quite simply, this would not be information. 

It can be said that this type of show is more related to the Grand Guignol (the Parisian puppet theatre specialized in macabre and violent shows) or that the puppeteers of this farce are simply moving the “puppets” of a show made to feed the desire for the blood of the audience that subrogates hatred towards others, in the pleasure of this superficial caning. 

In my opinion, however, this is inherent in the essence of information. It is the phenomenon, not the epiphenomenon. 

Information is constitutively the baton of the ideology of power. It cannot be fundamentally separated into good information and bad information. 

Information is an instrument of ideology.

Instead, information is no more aligned with the narrative ideologies of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Today information aligns with the current operational ideologies. Those whose names in -ism (communism, fascism, socialism, liberalism) have lost bite, today without giving an eye conquer the field these new Gods of power. 

New Gods, to which the information aligns, come from churches that do not have belief. You do not need to adhere explicitly. You do not need to sign up. You do not need to join, but you only subscribe to them by acting within their canons. 

Justice was also, at one time, a narrative ideology («The law is the same for everyone”), but today it is nothing more than part of one of the power complexes that make our lives “abstract”: the bureaucratic complex, which with the technocratic, the financial and the geopolitical, through algorithmization, and precisely the power of information, aims to control our lives.

Justice (the narrative one, which still claims to establish an adequate intersubjective truth through the parties’ comparison) is at sunset. Grand Guignol’s justice system has already turned the corner, and the ‘public radio and television service’ is exactly at its service. 

Enjoy the show