In a short period of time we have gone from a print dominated news media to a multi-media nation. No longer can powerful newspaper editors like Hearst and Pulitzer control public opinion. Now, anyone with text messaging can instantly produce misinformation. The danger should be apparent, but our awareness is sadly lacking. The media has a definite ability to change the course of history. It does well to pay attention to when it is being honest and when it is being manipulative. This book presents a history of the use of propaganda to sway public opinion for better or worse so that we might recognize when it is being employed as a positive or negative influence on our society, and hopefully respond accordingly.
Putin’s Propaganda Machine examines Russia’s “information war,” one of the most striking features of its intervention in Ukraine. Marcel H. Van Herpen argues that the Kremlin’s propaganda offensive is a carefully prepared strategy, implemented and tested over the last decade. Initially intended as a tool to enhance Russia’s soft power, it quickly developed into one of the main instruments of Russia’s new imperialism, reminiscent of the height of the Cold War. Van Herpen demonstrates that the Kremlin’s propaganda machine not only plays a central role in its “hybrid war” in Ukraine, but also has broader geopolitical objectives intended to roll back the influence of NATO and the United States in Europe. Drawing on years of research, Van Herpen shows how the Kremlin built a multitude of soft power instruments and transformed them into effective weapons in a new information war with the West. /span
Reproduces and gathers together the photographs, posters, magazines, and newspapers produced by Hitler's Ministry of Propaganda and Public Enlightenment, revealing the horrors and tragic success of the Nazi brainwashing campaign
The propaganda used by the Nazi Party in the years leading up to and during Adolf Hitler's leadership of Germany was a crucial instrument for acquiring and maintaining power, and for the implementation of Nazi policies. The pervasive use of propaganda by the Nazis is largely responsible for the word "propaganda" itself acquiring its present negative connotations.
Donald Gutstein documents one of the most important but least recognized political developments in the last thirty years: the prolonged propaganda campaigns mounted by business to influence our opinions on fundamental issues of social and political life. Gutstein explores the roots of corporate propaganda in the United States and traces its rise and influence across Canada.
Herman and Chomsky's 'propaganda model' argues that there are five classes of 'filters' in society that determine what is news; in other words, what gets printed in newspapers or broadcast by radio and television. They are: ownership (is the story in line with the media owner's interests); advertising (is the story in line with the advertiser's interests); sourcing (does the story come from government departments and/or other powerful players); flack (if the story is aired, can the subjects of it pose a real threat, like the government, big advertisers and other organized groups); and ideology (does the story justify political maneuvering and defend corporate interests around the world). Whether a news item is going to be used by the media or not is going to depend on if it can pass through these filters. Filtering the News begins with a critical review and assessment of the propaganda model, then applies Herman and Chomsky's model to a range of ongoing news events including Bush's war propaganda machine and the American mainstream media; Israeli propaganda; El Salvador and the question of intellectual responsibility; news coverage of near-genocide in occupied East Timor; the media on the environment; and Dan Rather and the problem with patriotism and American journalism, post-9/11. In the final chapters, Herman and Chomsky's propaganda model is revisited, and several common criticisms of the model are reflected upon and scrutinized. Contributors include: Valerie Scatamburlo-D'Annibale, Bob Everton, Peter Eglin, Robert Jensen, Jeffery Klaehn, James Winter and Paul Boin. Jeffery Klaehn teaches sociology at the University of Guelph. Apart from being published in a range of scholarly journals, including Portuguese Studies Review, Cultural Dynamics, Journalism Studies, and The Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology, he is the editor of Studies in Popular Culture: Comic Books and Comic Book Culture.
It is difficult and complex to ever really know if political leaders are telling the truth. Along with truthful communications often come lying, spin, hype, hate-speech and fear-mongering. Deciding what is truthful and what is deceptive takes considerable effort. However, the truth really matters. Political leaders and the mass media collaborate in a business relationship to build a giant Propaganda Machine which collectively attempts to tell us how to think and vote by delivering enormous amounts of influence messages to us at an unrelenting pace. In this book, I present several deception-detecting strategies that you can use to sort out statements for truth. I show numerous persuasion tactics political leaders use to convince us to think and vote the way they want us to think and vote. I describe how not to get controlled by the drama of political leaders' communications to persuade us to vote for them without at least making a smart effort to understand the real messages. Most of the information in this book comes from my work experience as a psychologist for more than forty years, 27 of them in private practice. I also acquired information by carrying out several mini social psychology research projects as you will see when you read the book. Of course, I conducted extensive examination of psychological research journals. And, recently I've been talking to my family dog, Rocky Bob. He's a good listener and it's surprising what one can learn from a good listener when writing a book.
All news agencies, major newspapers, widely visited news websites, major film production companies, major publishing houses, and most of the theatres and libraries in Iran are state-owned, state-run, or state-sponsored structures. In this book, you will find facts and reports on Iranian culture and art that no one has disclosed to Western readers. I will present them as they are. Iranian-descent faculty members in Western universities and journalists of the leftist media usually do not report the ugly side of the Iranian cultural and art production that is their connection to the state propaganda machine.
Here is comprehensive overview of the tumultuous career of former Fox News president Roger Ailes and a must-read for anyone looking to understand his legacy and impact on news media. Based on the meticulous research of the news watchdog organization Media Matters for America, David Brock and Ari Rabin-Havt show how Fox News, under its president Roger Ailes, changed from a right-leaning news network into a partisan advocate for the Republican Party. The Fox Effect follows the career of Ailes from his early work as a television producer and media consultant for Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush. Consequently, when he was hired in 1996 as the president of Rupert Murdoch’s flagship conservative cable news network, Ailes had little journalism experience, but brought to the job the mindset of a political operative. As Brock and Rabin-Havt demonstrate through numerous examples, Ailes used his extraordinary power and influence to spread a partisan political agenda that is at odds with long-established, widely held standards of fairness and objectivity in news reporting. Featuring transcripts of leaked audio and memos from Fox News reporters and executives, The Fox Effect is a damning indictment of how the network’s news coverage and commentators have biased reporting, drummed up marginal stories, and even consciously manipulated established facts in their efforts to attack the Obama administration.
The Propagandakompanien, the German propaganda companies, were the primary method of communication of the Third Reich. The soldiers of the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS were the eyes and ears of the Ministry of Propaganda who relied upon them to transform the reality of victories into defeats. While their photographs and their films are known, nothing has been written about the people behind the cameras, all the technicians associated with the propaganda machine. This first volume presents the implementation of this psychological weapon, from an organizational point of view, technical and human. With extensive documentation, the Wehrmacht propaganda companies are presented with a particular focus on 6 Pk. of the Luftwaffe. Finally, thanks to the testimony of reporters the author details the campaigns in Poland, Norway, France and the beginning of the Russian campaign.