Effective Democracy demands accurate information
Read what Heather Wokusch has to say about 'Psyops', known as Psychological Operations by us civilian citizens. Think about your news experiances lately, press briefings and all; filter them through this and 'the big lie' methods of indoctrination we have been talking about. Does the technique sound familiar?
Noam Chomsky speaks of Propaganda, American-style in this piece. As you think about how the news is presented to you and what you are told, the phrase "Manufacture of consent" may become the most apt descriptor for what the networks offer us between commercials- attempts to manufacture our consent- certainly more honest than the word "news". In a situation like our present one where the Government from the White House down is so firmly tied to corporate industry, as is the media, I'm not sure if these efforts at shaping our houghts should be termed propaganda or just PR. If showing images or descriptions of war that conflict with the nationalistic mythos we are fed is "unpatriotic" we are being sold something. If a report on war cannot reflect reality it is biased; those pitching it to us with an "unbiased" pose are lying.
Case in point: Peter Arnett was fired from National Geographic Explorer and MSNBC and NBC. Read this account from the SF Chronicle that is much more informative than that of the Washington Post.:
"It is clear that within the United States there is growing challenge to President Bush about the conduct of the war and also opposition to the war," Arnett said in the interview. "Our reports about civilian casualties here and about the resistance of the Iraqi forces are going back to the United States. It helps those who oppose the war and who challenge the policy to develop their arguments." And later: "The first war plan has failed because of Iraqi resistance."
Sounds as biased peacewise as FOX seems pro-war...
Do you remember Arnett and the bombed Iraqi baby milk factory? It is still pertinent. Propaganda is really important to both sides in this war. I guess hat is always the case though...
This Seymour Hersh article seems to support what Arnett has said in the interview. Iraqi resistance has affected US war plans. And that Rumsfeld stuck to his position rather than listened to actual military folks while planning this attack.
I hope these soldiers are not courts-martialed for this report:
"Some young marines have said in recent days that they do not expect any siege to begin for at least two weeks because of overstretched supply lines and Iraqi resistance."
From the same article:
"The pressure in besieged Baghdad could become so great that it could be a bloodbath, not just our bloodbath," says Corgan. "Internal strife, even if it brought heavy casualties, could offer US officials a useful denial that they were responsible. It could also bring about the fall of the regime."
Read "The Good the Bad and the Propaganda", taken from from Haaretz.
Is this unjust war just an entre` into global hegemony through control of oil? Give "Practice to Deceive" 'Chaos in the Middle East is not the Bush hawks' nightmare scenario--it's their plan." By Joshua Micah Marshall a read.
In a Democracy should an Administration have so many secrets?
I'll be digging into the free anti-war mp3's offered by Protest Records, brought to you by Sonic Youth. To give you an idea of my age I had Sonic Youth's first few albums. Vinyl I mean. The things with the cool see-able size covers...
Are you aware of "Free Republic" a website quite popular among rabid right wing folks? I'll admit, I had to ask a bud what a "Freeper" is (a term I had seen on occasion but always undefined) to become aware of these sincerely misguided people; going to the website and exploring the forums offered there you'll get a sense of their general point of view.
I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. I believe that is so obviously and universally admitted a principle that I hardly think any gentleman will deny.
--John Stuart Mill, letter to the Conservative MP, Sir John Pakington (March, 1866)
Learn a bit about "FReeping", internet polls and media effects on public opinion.
So, if you find yourself with some time on your hands, head on over to the Free Republic poll jamming page and vote; think of it as sounding a bell for Democracy. To get an idea on how this one web presence and its concentrated influence may effect public opinion you'll note that TV Guide (one of the widest circulated magazines), MSNBC, The Seattle Times and British Sky News are targeted. A poll at The Veterans Against Iraq War website is even targeted.
Those hopelessly unrealistic poll results you've been hearing and shaking your head about; they might just be the result of this groups organizing.