I also learned about cognitive dissonance in psychology class. I remember being shocked and excited to learn that beliefs are formed to harmonize with pat actions to avoid cognitive dissonance. I suddenly understood myself and others so much better. However, this is not the whole story. There is also a dissonance between the narrative of the dominant class and the life experiences of the oppressed. People’s everyday experiences of generosity, sharing, love and brotherhood conflict with the corporate media’s narrative of scarcity, fear, and greed. This leads to an escape from the vicious cycle of actions-based-on-beliefs-to-justify-past-actions. In order for analysis to be truly meaningful, it must go beyond merely describing the phenomena, it should provide some kind of a handle for the readers to pull themselves out of the muck.