Posts Tagged ‘Propaganda’

The War You Don't See

The War You Don’t See: A powerful and timely investigation into the media’s role in war, tracing the history of embedded and independent reporting from the carnage of World War One to the destruction of Hiroshima, and from the invasion of Vietnam to the current war in Afghanistan and disaster in Iraq.

As weapons and propaganda become even more sophisticated, the nature of war is developing into an electronic battlefield in which journalists play a key role, and civilians are the victims. But who is the real enemy?
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Full film was removed from YouTube, so here’s the full interview of Julian Assange:

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Participants

  1. Professor Stuart Ewen – media historian
  2. Professor Melvin Goodman – former CIA analyst
  3. Dan Rather – CBS Evening News anchor and managing editor, 1981-2005
  4. Bryan Whitman – US Assist. Secretary of Defense
  5. Rageh Omaar – BBC world affairs reporter, 2000-2006
  6. Dahr Jamail – journalist & author, Beyond the Green Zone
  7. David Rose – former Observer journalist
  8. Steve RendallFairness & Accuracy in Reporting
  9. Fran Unsworth – BBC Head of Newsgathering
  10. David Mannion – Former Editor in Chief, ITV News
  11. Mark Curtis – historian & author, Web of Deceit
  12. Phil Shiner – Public Interest Lawyers
  13. Guy Smallman – war reporter & photographer
  14. Carne Ross – British Foreign Office, 1989-2004
  15. Professor Greg Philo – Glasgow University Media Group
  16. Cynthia McKinney – former US Congresswoman, 2008 Green Party presidential candidate
  17. Julian Assange – Editor in Chief, WikiLeaks

There is nothing more sacred to the maintenance of democracy than a free press. Access to comprehensive, accurate and quality information is essential to the manifestation of Socratic citizenship – the society characterized by a civically engaged, well-informed and socially invested populace. Thus, to the degree that access to quality information is willfully or unintentionally obstructed, democracy itself is degraded.

It is ironic that in the era of 24-hour cable news networks and “reality” programming, the news-to-fluff ratio and overall veracity of information has declined precipitously. Take the fact Americans now spend on average about 50 hours a week using various forms of media, while at the same time cultural literacy levels hover just above the gutter. Not only does mainstream media now tolerate gross misrepresentations of fact and history by public figures (highlighted most recently by Sarah Palin’s ludicrous depiction of Paul Revere’s ride), but many media actually legitimize these displays. Pause for a moment and ask yourself what it means that the world’s largest, most profitable and most popular news channel passes off as fact every whim, impulse and outrageously incompetent analysis of its so-called reporters. How did we get here? Take the enormous amount of misinformation that is taken for truth by Fox audiences: the belief that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and that he was in on 9/11, the belief that climate change isn’t real and/or man-made, the belief that Barack Obama is Muslim and wasn’t born in the United States, the insistence that all Arabs are Muslim and all Muslims are terrorists, the inexplicable perceptions that immigrants are both too lazy to work and are about to steal your job. All of these claims are demonstrably false, yet Fox News viewers will maintain their veracity with incredible zeal. Why? Is it simply that we have lost our respect for knowledge?

via AlterNet: 14 Propaganda Techniques Fox ‘News’ Uses to Brainwash Americans.

To many in both business and government, the triumph of the self is the ultimate expression of democracy, where power is truly moved into the hands of the people. Certainly the people may feel they are in charge, but are they really? The Century of the Self by Adam Curtis tells the untold and controversial story of the growth of the mass-consumer society. How is the all-consuming self created, by whom, and in whose interest?

The Freud dynasty is at the heart of this compelling social history. Sigmund Freud, founder of psychoanalysis; Edward Bernays, who invented public relations; Anna Freud, Sigmund’s devoted daughter; and present-day PR guru and Sigmund’s great grandson, Matthew Freud. Sigmund Freud’s work into the bubbling and murky world of the subconscious changed the world. By introducing a technique to probe the unconscious mind, Freud provided useful tools for understanding the secret desires of the masses. Unwittingly, his work served as the precursor to a world full of political spin doctors, marketing moguls, and society’s belief that the pursuit of satisfaction and happiness is man’s ultimate goal.