Saturday, September 03, 2005

Do We Need a Strong Public Media?; A Dialogic Retrospective: Understanding Propaganda as a Threat to Public Media Awareness

Watching BBC news broadcasts about the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on PBS last night I was struck, once again, by how much vital information is censored from mainstream American news reports. The 30 minute BBC report provided much more background about the conditions faced by the survivors, developed a clear outline for possible reasons for the slow response to this disaster, and reported more directly on armed responses (shoot-to-kill policy) against desperate looters (does anyone doubt that after 4/5 days people are desperate). These last images were particularly striking as all of the men walking around New Orleans with armanents were white men--and their main responsibility was to protect property, while in the shots, all around them were thousands of starving poor people. The BBC, and other world news media services, are posing hard questions for the Bush administration ... I have even seen some criticism leaking into mainstream reports, but the focus is on the cost of the Iraq War, with few questions about the dismantling of the social support systems (an ongoing process of the Reagan, Bush and Bush II regimes--particularly important as we supposedly honor those that fought for labor rights this weekend--a living wage would be a real honor for those that toil so that others can live comfortably).

So this started me wondering about the need/possibilities for a strong public media and sent me off reading about the process of social control through propaganda... no surprise, I found that I had been posting a lot of reports about this subject, so I thought that it was time for an archive of sources:

Do We Need a Strong Public Media?

Center For Social Media: Importance of Public Media

Free Press: Importance of Public Media in Emergency Situations

Thinking About Radical Democracy, Pt. 2

El Oso: Pa’lante, In the Aftermath of 2004 Elections

Thinking About Activism, Organizing and Social Justice, Part 1

What is the Meaning of Democracy?, Pt. 2

Democracy Now and Amy Goodman: Independent Media in a Time of War

Radical Radio

Edward Picot: Documentary Websites

A Dialogic Retrospective—Understanding Propaganda as a Threat to Public Media Awareness:

Sourcewatch: Resources for Studying Propaganda

Amy Schiller: Wal-Mart Thought Police

Freedom and Fascism

NOW: Milton Glaser and the Design of Dissent

Free Media Campaign

John Nichols: Limbaugh vs Moyers

Noam Chomsky: Media Control—The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda

Jim Motavelli: Trashing the Greens

PR Watch: What is Impropaganda?

Danny Schecter: Weapons of Mass Deception and Fighting for the Op-Edisphere

Amy Goodman and David Goodman: Why Media Ownership Matters

Doonesbury: Confused About the Bush Plan For Social Security?

Eliza Strickland: Thought Crimes on Campus

Ruth Ozeki: Creating Novel Life Forms

Robert Jensen: Politics of Teaching in Post 9/11 America

Arundhati Roy: Instant Mix, Imperial Democracy (Buy One, Get One Free)

Douglas Rushkoff: Open Source Democracy

Propaganda Critic

Responses to Parker Palmer’s Concept of the “Community of Truths”

Rachel Cernansky: Tuning in With Saul Williams

Evan Derkacz: The Sinclair Propaganda Machine

Anxiety Culture

Propaganda Culture

Michael Benton: Review of Many Headed Hydra—Sailors, Slaves, Commoners and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic

Why Think About Propaganda?

Slave Revolt Documentaries: The Propaganda Model of the News

David Sterritt: Documentary or Propaganda?

Sinclair Broadcasting: Connecting the Dots

Bush Ad Disguised as News Story

Anup Shah: The State of Media

The Struggle to Report on the Use of Torture By American Forces in “The War on Terror”

Naomi Klein and Lewis Lapham: Baghdad Year Zero and Tentacles of Rage

Thinking About Peace and War, Pt. 2

Thinking About Media, Pt 2

Thinking Globally, Pt 1

NYC Indy Media: Report From Boston—Stay Out of Free Zone

Mother Jones: Fortress Big Apple

The Language of the War on Terror, Pt. 3

Daniel Schecter: Making the Myth, Forgetting the Man

Nancy Snow on the Rebranding of America

Jason Vest: On the Ground Reality TV

Grover Furr: Historical Parallels to the Post 9/11 Scene

Tom Engelhardt: New Word Order

Patrick Martin: The Selling of Bush’s Medicare Plan

Robert Pear: The Selling of Bush’s Medicare Plan

History of Corporate Greenwashing

Bill Van Auken: An American Tragedy

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