WikiLeaks Disrupts U.S. Propaganda Machinery

Flashback time: The language used to depict Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden as craven life forms has returned for a repeat performance except that this time the target is Julian Assange and his merry band of WikiLeakers. “Execute him” say dozens of U.S. politicians and assorted government officials. “Arrest him and hang him,” say… Read More WikiLeaks Disrupts U.S. Propaganda Machinery

Militainment: U.S. Military Propaganda in the News Media, Hollywood, and Video Games

“Propaganda is at its most effective when the audience does not know it is being manipulated and one of the best, glitziest examples of that is when propaganda is delivered on the big screen in the guise of a Hollywood blockbuster.”–The Listening Post, 12 June 2010 Al Jazeera’s The Listening Post had an excellent review… Read More Militainment: U.S. Military Propaganda in the News Media, Hollywood, and Video Games

Public Propaganda, The Human Terrain System, and Staged Democracy in Afghanistan

Some interesting reports have surfaced over the past three weeks concerning  initiatives with links to the U.S. Army’s Human Terrain System (HTS), along with reports about control exercised over U.S. journalists, both of which come under the rubric of public propaganda (what proponents call “public diplomacy” and others call “strategic communications”). Gary Langer of ABC… Read More Public Propaganda, The Human Terrain System, and Staged Democracy in Afghanistan