CS101 Chapter 15-Blind Spots on Labour, Corporate Power and Social Inequality Week 3
-One of the most serious blind spots in the Canadian news agenda is the lack of attention given to the
consequences of social inequality and unfettered corporate power in Canada
Canada’s Labour Scene: Covering (Up) the World of Work
-When we think of business news we think about entrepreneurs and marketers, but we od not think of
customer service, factory workers, and people who work in offices.
-In turn we have a one sided view of the world of work.
-Labour is typically portrayed as the active and disruptive party
-For both 1987 and 1997 the Sun extended twice as much coverage to business as to labour
-News on labour is way more likely to be downbeat
-Apart from the imbalance of tone and sources, business topics simply received much more attention
than did labour.
-By disproportionately emphasizing the voice of business interests – and, typically the voice of
management-the press arguably presents a one-dimensional perspective on the world of work
Poverty and Class Inequality
-Political backlash against the poor has cleared the way for economic policies that have gutted social
assistance and welfare pr