Media & Propaganda
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One of the terms most commonly used by conspiracy theorists when discussing “the real story” behind incidents like the September 11th attacks or the recent Sandy Hook shooting is “false flag,” meaning that it was caused or staged deliberately to use as an excuse to perpetrate something nefarious.
(Photo: US Army Africa / Flickr ) The "Islamic terrorism" that is an excuse for the enduring theft of Africa's vast store of minerals was all but invented by US, Pakistani and British intelligence agencies, which created the mujahedin of al-Qaeda and the Taliban. A full-scale invasion of Africa is under way.
Propaganda is not always obvious. No longer does it take the form of full-on jingoistic portrayals of the enemy, whoever it might be at any given time. The term is certain to bring up images of those hostile xenophobic posters from the First World War urging working people to sacrifice their bodies and lives for their respective ruling classes.
And the better future we left behind by Jeffrey Kaplan
When pundits and editors and politicians over the next few days and weeks insist that Leveson's recommendations should be ignored because they endanger the sacred principle of freedom of the press, ask yourself one simple question.
The Cutting Edge: Seven Myths About the Iraq War: How BBC Newsnight failed journalism on the 10 year anniversary of the invasionAs a participant in BBC Newsnight special, " Iraq - 10 Years On ", I found myself feeling slightly miffed at the lack of real debate on the crucial issues. On the one hand, Newsnight presented a number of narratives of the war and its aftermath as 'fact', which are deeply questionable.
There has been extensive research over the years in order to determine how audience respond to messages conveyed by the mass media. According to Gauntlett “Direct effects of media upon behaviour have not been clearly identified” and many postmodernist thinkers would argue that media messages are ‘polysemic’ as individuals interpret things differently and it therefore has the capacity to carry a multitude of various meanings.
When I was thinking about these remarks, I had two topics in mind, couldn't decide between them -- actually pretty obvious ones.
Forty years after its initial publication, a study called The Limits to Growth is looking depressingly prescient . Commissioned by an international think tank called the Club of Rome, the 1972 report found that if civilization continued on its path toward increasing consumption, the global economy would collapse by 2030. Population losses would ensue, and things would generally fall apart. The study was — and remains — nothing if not controversial, with economists doubting its predictions and decrying the notion of imposing limits on economic growth.
Network topology with a zoom on some major transnational corporations in the ﬁnancial sector.
I'm going to talk mostly about the United States, in part because I know it better, but also in part because it its unique significance in the global system. That's been true dramatically since the Second World War. The character and extent of this uniqueness often isn't understood and would be easily worth a talk in itself, but I won't go into that. However, we constantly see that even in relatively small ways. So for example when the housing bubble in the United States burst a couple of years ago, that initiated a global economic crisis which most of the world is still mired in. The worst outcomes were just averted by quite desperate measures.
The degree of terror felt by ordinary Palestinian civilians in Gaza is barely noticed in the media, in stark contrast to the world's awareness of terrorised and shock-treated Israeli citizens.
by Winston Lee Created on : August 10, 2012 Last Updated : November 30, 2012 Painting Barack Obama out to be an anti-American Muslim extremist has been the goal of several public personalities since 2007.
Quote mining is the deceitful tactic of taking quotes out of context in order to make them seemingly agree with the quote miner's viewpoint or to make the comments of an opponent seem more extreme or hold positions they don't in order to make their positions easier to refute or demonize.  It's a way of lying. This tactic is widely used among Young Earth Creationists in an attempt to discredit evolution . [ edit ] Prime examples