Propaganda

Democracies Require the Most Sophisticated Propaganda

From Taking the Risk Out of Democracy by Alex Carey (1995). Contrary to common assumptions, propaganda plays an important role – and certainly a more covert and sophisticated role – in technologically advanced democratic societies, where the maintenance of the existing power and privileges are vulnerable to popular opinion. In contrast, under authoritarian regimes power…

The Russians Are Coming, Again

I do appreciate the irony of finding Rob Reiner, a.k.a. “Meathead” on All in the Family, the popular CBS sitcom from the 1970s, now peddling anti-Russian propaganda via the newly-formed Committee to Investigate Russia. Reiner appears determined to fuel a renewed Cold War, enlisting actor Morgan Freeman to lend voice to the fact that “we…

How Woodrow Wilson’s propaganda machine changed American journalism

April 27, 2017 9.51pm EDT Christopher B. Daly Professor of Journalism, Boston University When the United States declared war on Germany 100 years ago, the impact on the news business was swift and dramatic. In its crusade to “make the world safe for democracy,” the Wilson administration took immediate steps at home to curtail one…

Dissent Is Patriotic. It’s Also a Powerful Antidote to Propaganda

“If you’re to be called a communist every time you stand up for basic American rights and freedoms, what’s likely to happen? Will you be silent? And if so, is this what the House Committee on Un-American Activities is really after — a silent, submissive, un-protesting America?” -Ernest Besig, “Operation Correction,” 1961 By Bethany Woolman, ACLU…

Mr. Seed: New Short Film Cleans Up Big Ag’s Steaming Pile of Bullshit

Seed Matters, a five-year-long initiative of the Clif Bar Family Foundation, today launched “Mr. Seed,” a provocative, animated short film with a clear message: our food production system has been hijacked by the big agrichemical companies and organic farming is a key to taking it back. The film makes the case for organic seed and…

Lipstick on a Pig – Corporate AgroChem Guides Industrial Ag’s Next Makeover

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) has collaborated with the Food52 cooking website to craft a series of videos about what it’s like to farm and practice animal husbandry in the U.S. According to Food52, the purpose of the series was simply “to talk with farmers and ranchers across the country about what goes into…

Monsanto Provides the Funds, Prof. Bruce Chassy the Academic Gravitas – a Public Relations Collaboration

Research and reporting by Carey Gillam at U.S. Right to Know. Read at the source. “The collaborations come at a critical juncture in the United States regarding GMO public policy. Mandatory GMO labeling is set to take effect in Vermont on July 1; Congress is wrestling over a federal labeling law for GMOs; and several…

Declassified Anti-ISIS Leaflet

via Nate Jones at Redacted, the National Security Archive blog. Read at the source. ISIS Leaflets The Pentagon has disclosed a gruesome leaflet it has dropped over Syria in its attempts to deter would be recruits from joining the Islamic State. UC Central Command has confirmed that a single U.S. Air Force F-15E fighter aircraft carrying…