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posted on Apr, 16 2011 @ 04:52 PM
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Since 911, anyone not still blissfully asleep knows that certain media outlets can be considered propaganda. Web savvy folk refer to these outlets as the Mainstream Media, “MSM”…you know the ones. If you’re like I was several years ago and are still politically polarized, you’ll probably think of FOX or NPR, depending on your political bent.

For a couple years after 911 I still believed the whole al Qaeda and bin Laden story, complete with box cutters, planes and cell phone calls. It was after spending too much time on the Internet that I lost any doubt the Bush administration was behind 911; so I volunteered to register voters and pound pavement for the Democratic ticket. I was still a believer, but I didn’t think I was at the time...I thought I was an activist seeking justice.

I didn’t care for Kerry, but I hadn’t cared for many of the Democrats I’d blindly voted for over the previous thirty years, so that wasn’t unusual, and at the time I knew we’d win; how could we lose? Bush was a disaster. However after Kerry’s capitulation to Bush in the face of yet more alleged election fraud, I couldn’t deny that these bastards were on the same side…suddenly my cognitive dissonance faded and I began to see the roles these two hucksters were playing.

They knew the score…this was war; us against them; where they may have been more subtle before, this was different…this was blatant, in your face, “I dare you to do something about it” kind of different. This is the French Revolution in reverse…still…rich against poor, the same soul-sucking battle we’ve been waging and losing since time immemorial. It was as if pre 911 was a “cold” class war waged by proxy through politics, poverty, media and covert operations, but post 911 became a free-fire zone class war.

These guys were the front men for a class of con artists who have been using and refining perception management and behavior control for countless generations, all for the specific purpose of keeping the system in place, and keeping their chosen few in charge. 911 changed everything, isn’t that what they told us? The world’s most powerful people were actively covering up the crime of the century, and they were doing so with the full cooperation of the world’s media. But was this really a change; how long has this been going on? Evidently since the beginning:

“Propaganda and Persuasion” by Dr. Garth S. Jowett,
www.amazon.com...


The use of propaganda has been an integral part of human history and can be traced back to ancient Greece for its philosophical and theoretical origins. Used effectively by Alexander the Great, the Roman Empire, and the early Christians, propaganda became an integral part of the religious conflicts of the Reformation. The invention of the printing press was quickly adopted by Martin Luther in his fight against the Catholic Church and provided the ideal medium for the widespread use of propagandistic materials. Each new medium of communication was quickly adopted for use by propagandists, especially during the American and French revolutions and later by Napoleon. By the end of the 19th century, improvements in the size and speed of the mass media had greatly increased the sophistication and effectiveness of propaganda.


There really is nothing new under the sun. I recall watching the moonwalks on TV as a child, glued to the TV beside my dad…I had posters of the moonwalks on my bedroom walls, I built models of the spacecraft, and I stayed up late to read books about the missions; I was a true fan. Now however, when I look at the images of the props used for the Lunar Modules, I marvel how they could have fooled us then, and how they still fool so many of us now.

NASA had become the new age priests using the latest media sleight of hand and flash powder to dazzle while they picked our pockets. I’m sure many folks reading this will scoff at my words. but think on this...TV became mainstream only in the 1950s, when more than half of American households had one, but by 1962, 90% of American households had a TV set, making it the preferred medium for any good propagandist. Seven years later, they were broadcasting LIVE from the moon. What do you think is more likely…technology had advanced to such a degree (but is now unaffordable and no longer repeatable), or the moon walks were simply propaganda using the best medium available? I say the only thing preventing a return trip to the moon is not the Van Allen belt, but Adobe Photoshop.
Source: www.tvhistory.tv...

In the historical context then, propaganda IS history, therefore, history IS propaganda.


The use of propaganda as a means of controlling information flow, managing public opinion, or manipulating behavior is as old as recorded history. The concept of persuasion is an integral part of human nature, and the use of specific techniques to bring about large-scale shifts in ideas can be traced back to the ancient world. Many artifacts from prehistory and from earliest civilizations provide us with evidence that attempts were being made to use the equivalent of modern-day propaganda techniques to communicate the purported majesty and supernatural powers of rulers and priests. In a largely preliterate age, dazzling costumes, insignia, and monuments were deliberately created symbols designed to evoke a specific image of superiority and power that these early propagandists wished to convey to their audience.

The history of propaganda is based on three interweaving elements: first, the increasing need, with the growth of civilization and the rise of nationstates, to win what has been called “the battle for people’s minds”; second, the increasing sophistication of the means of communication available to deliver propagandistic messages; and third, the increasing understanding of the psychology of propaganda and the commensurate application of such behavioral findings. Throughout history, these three elements have been combined in various ways to enhance and encourage the use of propaganda as a means of altering attitudes and for the creation of new ideas or perspectives. Only in comparatively modern times, however, have scholars and scientists begun to understand and assess the role of such mass propaganda techniques as an aspect of the social process.

The history of propaganda does not develop as a clear linear progression, but certain significant historical benchmarks are worth examining as illustrations of how propaganda has been used at different times. In each case, those wishing to control or manage others (the propagandists) have made maximum and intelligent use of the forms of communication (the media) available to them while also accurately gauging the psychological susceptibility of their audiences so that their messages could be tailored to ensure the best possible reception. The successful propagandist is able to discern the basic beliefs, needs, or fears of the audience and to play upon those.

cct.georgetown.edu...

Conmen using my fears against me …is nothing sacred? Furthermore, if they’ve been playing this same game for millennia, then what isn’t propaganda? Speaking of sacred, does the Bible fit the description of the word of god, or does it fit the word of the powers that were using the best propaganda media available to them? The answer should be obvious that everything should be suspect as propaganda; certainly all the “isms” are…Darwinism, Fascism, Zionism, communism, capitalism, etc. If it appeals to fear, greed or lust, it’s probably propaganda and therefore not healthy for human consumption.

Fear is of paramount importance to a propagandist.


“American propaganda had its birth, so far as I can tell, in the advertising industry. The pioneers of advertising—a truly loathsome bunch—learned early on that people would respond to purely emotional appeals. Abstract theory and logical argument do nothing to spur sales. However, appeals to sexiness, to pride of ownership, to fear of falling behind the neighbors are the stock in trade of advertising executives. A man walking down the street with beautiful women hanging on his arms is not a logical argument, but it sure sells after-shave. A woman in a business suit with a briefcase, strolling along with swaying hips, assuring us she can "bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan, but never let you forget you’re a man" really sells the perfume.

Let’s take a moment and analyze the particular emotions that this execrable ad appealed to. If you guessed fear, you win the prize. Women often have a fear of inadequacy, particularly in this confused age when they are expected to raise brilliant kids, run a successful business, and be unfailingly sexy, all the time. That silly goal—foisted upon us by feminists and popular culture—is impossible to reach. But maybe there’s hope if you buy the right perfume!
Arguments from intimidation and appeals to fear are powerful propaganda tool.

American advertising and propaganda has been refined over the years into a malevolent science, based on the assumption that most people react, not to ideas, but to naked emotion. When I worked at an ad agency many years ago, I learned that the successful agencies know how to appeal to emotions: the stronger and baser, the better. The seven deadly sins, ad agency wags often say, are the key to selling products. Fear, envy, greed, hatred, and lust: these are the basic tools for good propaganda and effective advertising. By far, the most powerful motivating emotion—the top, most-sought-after copy writers will tell you, in an unguarded moment—is fear, followed closely by greed.”


www.purewatergazette.net...

Whether its fear of rejection or fear of terrorism, if the advertisers can instill fear, they’re likely to sell something. Fear is a powerful emotion.


“Campaigns with purely emotional content performed about twice as well (31% vs. 16%) with only rational content, and those that were purely emotional did a little better (31% vs 26%) those that mixed emotional and rational content.”

www.neurosciencemarketing.com...

Even without statistics, it doesn’t take a leap of faith to agree that propaganda is advertising, is propaganda, etc. and anyone watching an hour of TV can attest to what base emotions advertisers are targeting; fear, greed and lust top the bill. It should be no news to anyone that TV programs are there to fill space between advertisements; with TV shows and schedules named “programs” and “programming” respectively; the Pavlovian significance thereof hopefully not lost on the reader.

Throughout history propagandists have used fear to motivate and direct large groups of people. We who are alive today are only different from our predecessors by virtue of the fact that few in human history have ever been subjected to the levels of propaganda we have. The last hundred years have been a boon for propagandists, and I disagree with one of the above authors who said he believes propaganda “had its birth from the advertising industry”; I believe it has more to do with the psychology industry, which was developed almost in parallel to modern “Public Relations”.

Advertising and propaganda are related to psychology, and ironically enough, the two men best known for their respective fields of PR and Psychology are related too. Sigmund Freud and Edward Bernays, uncle and double nephew, one the father of modern psychology, and the other the father of modern PR.; life’s funny that way. Freud was married to the sister of Bernays’ father, and Bernays mother was Freud’s sister, but Freud also messed around with Bernays’ aunt, making life even funnier that way.

en.wikipedia.org...
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So after a few thousand years of priests, shamans and kings all using their best media to propagandize and scare the daylights out of their people, mass media technology reached new heights with the development of radio and TV; and with Bernays in charge the propagandists made their craft into a weapon. In 1928 Bernays wrote the book on propaganda, named “Propaganda” of all things:


“ THE conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.

We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society.”


Bernays sold his ideas of propaganda, which is really unsubtle brainwashing, to the minority whose power was threatened by democracy. What a guy…he says it all here:

“To-day, however, a reaction has set in. The minority has discovered a powerful help in influencing majorities. It has been found possible so to mold the mind of the masses that they will throw their newly gained strength in the desired direction. In the present structure of society, this practice is inevitable. Whatever of social importance is done to-day, whether in politics, finance, manufacture, agriculture, charity, education, or other fields, must be done with the help of propaganda. Propaganda is the executive arm of the invisible government

www.historyisaweapon.com...

This was in 1928; 73 years before 911 and Bernays was writing with the experience of the American Propaganda used in the WWI…it was this propaganda machine, one that relied on imagery instead of rationality, which was so successful in swaying the masses to do the bidding of the ruling minority. It was this system that so impressed Hitler that the Nazis emulated it in the next world war. That’s right; the Nazis copied American propaganda because American propaganda is second to none.


“Hitler learned to admire American propaganda through a young American expatriate who described to him, in glowing detail, how Americans enjoyed the atmosphere at football games. This American expatriate, with the memorable name of Ernst "Putzi" Hanfstängl, told the Führer how Americans could be whipped up into a frenzy through blaring music, group cheers, and chants against the enemy.”


www.purewatergazette.net...

So this is our history; this is the history that brought us to the age of the Internet which in turn brings us the 911 truth movement which works overtime to prevent a real discussion about TV fakery. We’ve met them …they’re the ones who use fear and guilt rather than rational argument; propagandists have been controlling media since the beginning, so don’t fool yourself into thinking they don’t control the Internet.

These are the people who brought us atomic weapons and radioactive fallout in Japan, and these are the same folks who are now reporting Japan returning the favor. These are the people who sell us the politicians who sell us wars, and who then sell us the rebuilding after the wars. These are the same people who sell us bankers’ bailouts followed by bankruptcies, austerity, “quantative easing” unemployment, and homelessness.

If history is any teacher, 911 was and remains pure propaganda, a made for TV movie with real and fake victims which provided literal smokescreen-cover for a massive heist and insurance scam, to be paid for with your tax dollars; with the cherry on the cake being the war on terror. It was a propaganda coup like no other, better than the “War of the Worlds”, the lunar landings and the combined antics of con artists performed for thousands of years before it.

Folks whose brainchildren are MKULTRA, COINTELPRO, Operation Mockingbird and Hollywood shouldn’t be trusted…and why anyone continues to believe a word spoken or written by them is a testament that we deserve all the derogatory implications accompanying the pejorative “sheeple”.

The first step in gaining your freedom is to turn off the TeeVee; the next step is to use your newspapers to start your fires and wrap your fish.

Below are some links which will come in handy to folks interested in unraveling a century of lies:

CIA Disinformation in Action: Operation Mockingbird and the Washington Post
www.whale.to...

first world war propaganda
www.firstworldwar.com...

History as a Weapon
www.historyisaweapon.com...

Propaganda and How to Recognize It
www.rbs0.com...

Operation Northwoods
www.gwu.edu...
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posted on Apr, 16 2011 @ 05:17 PM
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Whilst I don't read any of the newspapers such as the Daily Mail or The Sun, I don't think they are evil. The journalists are just trying to make a living. People like to watch certain things. If the media don't show these things, people don't watch. If people don't watch they don't get money. If they don't get money, they lose their jobs. What would you do, give people what they want, or be homeless?



posted on Apr, 16 2011 @ 05:18 PM
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Originally posted by Griffo
What would you do, give people what they want, or be homeless?


It's easy for me to say, but I might just be honest, even if it meant being homeless.



posted on Apr, 16 2011 @ 05:20 PM
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Short response to a large thread. A very good read !! Not all will agree with some points but you can expect that. You put some hard work in this and obviously with passion. Good work ! Thanks.



posted on Apr, 16 2011 @ 05:23 PM
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The first step in gaining your freedom is to turn off the TeeVee; the next step is to use your newspapers to start your fires and wrap your fish.


And the third, and most important step, is to disconnect your internet connection. The temple of misinformation. By comparison the televsion, radio and print media are rank amateurs.



posted on Apr, 16 2011 @ 05:31 PM
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Originally posted by hooper
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The first step in gaining your freedom is to turn off the TeeVee; the next step is to use your newspapers to start your fires and wrap your fish.


And the third, and most important step, is to disconnect your internet connection. The temple of misinformation. By comparison the televsion, radio and print media are rank amateurs.


You first.



posted on Apr, 16 2011 @ 05:36 PM
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Originally posted by hooper
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The first step in gaining your freedom is to turn off the TeeVee; the next step is to use your newspapers to start your fires and wrap your fish.
And the third, and most important step, is to disconnect your internet connection. The temple of misinformation. By comparison the televsion, radio and print media are rank amateurs.


There is a song by George Harrison that contains the line

"Searching for the truth among the lying."

That is the problem no matter what you do. Disconnecting from the Internet just creates an isolated ignorance. But go on the Internet and you will encounter a lot of complicated sophistry from pseudo-intellectual morons.

But we all still have to deal with the economics but the economists can't be trusted.

www.usmessageboard.com...

Physics does not care about the media or what people say. Curious that the media has never discussed the distribution of steel and concrete in skyscrapers that I have ever seen. But then Richard Gage and his buddies don't either.

psik



posted on Apr, 16 2011 @ 05:37 PM
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Originally posted by Yankee451

Originally posted by hooper
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The first step in gaining your freedom is to turn off the TeeVee; the next step is to use your newspapers to start your fires and wrap your fish.


And the third, and most important step, is to disconnect your internet connection. The temple of misinformation. By comparison the televsion, radio and print media are rank amateurs.


You first.


Me? Hell no. I am mature, rational and reasonable enough to be a discerning consumer of information. I don't need to turn it off. If you think you are "free" because you are depriving yourself of a source of information, well- more power to you. But if you think you are better informed because you only believe the voices in your own head, well you really need to think that one over a little bit.



posted on Apr, 16 2011 @ 05:38 PM
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i studied mass communication technology for my bachelors and now i work in the mass comm field. whilst i don't know everything, one thing that i can tell you for sure, is that news is a business first and foremost, it's designed to make money. as most of you know, peace doesn't get high ratings, people are all about death and destruction. maybe that's unpleasant to think about but it's true, the rating's don't lie. think about yourselves and when you are watching the news most.



posted on Apr, 16 2011 @ 05:43 PM
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I know it would probably be the 'honourable' thing to do, but imagine if you had a family to support as well. You couldn't do that to them
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posted on Apr, 16 2011 @ 05:46 PM
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Originally posted by emptyOmind
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i studied mass communication technology for my bachelors and now i work in the mass comm field. whilst i don't know everything, one thing that i can tell you for sure, is that news is a business first and foremost, it's designed to make money. as most of you know, peace doesn't get high ratings, people are all about death and destruction. maybe that's unpleasant to think about but it's true, the rating's don't lie. think about yourselves and when you are watching the news most.


Who taught you? Education and entertainment aren't free, and propaganda takes many forms.



posted on Apr, 16 2011 @ 05:48 PM
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Originally posted by Griffo
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I know it would probably be the 'honourable' thing to do, but imagine if you had a family to support as well. You couldn't do that to them
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I don't have kids, but I have inherited grand kids, and I refuse to screw them to a lifetime of slavery because I couldn't face the truth within my own lifetime.



posted on Apr, 16 2011 @ 05:51 PM
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This is so true. And what is the motivation for all this bad behavior? The love of money/power/energy. These are three manifestations of the same thing, like ice, water, steam.

The injection of plenum ("dark"/Zero Point/radiant/orgone) energy would eliminate the need for money... And this ugliness would dissipate.

If you're interested in seeing ideas on how to make a change, please read the OP's of my threads, The End of Entropy - foundation piece, read first - and The Ethical Planetarian Party Platform - the structure. Both are linked in my sig.

Thank you for speaking so clearly. Once One starts down the rabbit holeit gets harder and harder to catch hold of something to check One's fall. [smile]



posted on Apr, 16 2011 @ 05:54 PM
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Once One starts down the rabbit holeit gets harder and harder to catch hold of something to check One's fall. [smile]


Sigh...I hear that. Time to take the dogs for a walk. Have you noticed that Dogs are furry Zen masters? Some day I hope to enjoy the moment like my dogs do....ciao.

Yank



posted on Apr, 16 2011 @ 05:56 PM
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Originally posted by hooper
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The first step in gaining your freedom is to turn off the TeeVee; the next step is to use your newspapers to start your fires and wrap your fish.


And the third, and most important step, is to disconnect your internet connection. The temple of misinformation. By comparison the televsion, radio and print media are rank amateurs.


But hooooooper. The TV is ENTIRELY controlled. They're struggling to get hold of the Interweb, and flood it with disinfo so people like you can point to it, but One has a MUCH higher chance of encountering the truth HERE than on TV.

But if YOU want to remove yourself from the Interweb... Heh. I won't beg you to stay. [smile]



posted on Apr, 16 2011 @ 06:00 PM
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Originally posted by emptyOmind
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i studied mass communication technology for my bachelors and now i work in the mass comm field. whilst i don't know everything, one thing that i can tell you for sure, is that news is a business first and foremost, it's designed to make money. as most of you know, peace doesn't get high ratings, people are all about death and destruction. maybe that's unpleasant to think about but it's true, the rating's don't lie. think about yourselves and when you are watching the news most.


If you studied mass communications then you know that until recently most news organizations in the electronic media were not profit centers, most lost money. So the implication that somehow or another that the media conspires to start wars in order to gain ratings just somehow doesn't ring true. Murders and violent crimes also make ratings, but do you really think the media inspires or manipulates people to commit crimes just so they can marginally increase ratings? Natural disasters, famine and disease also get their share of headlines, are we to believe that all human tragedy is scripted by invisible forces?

Not to mention that for all the money that there may be in war and conflict for both those that report on it and those that profit from it, it pales in economic comparison to benefits of peace time consumption. For all the money General Motors made during WWII building tanks, jeeps, trucks, and whatever other war products they turned out, it was just a shadow of the money they made selling Buicks and Chevys to the veterans for the next twenty years.



posted on Apr, 16 2011 @ 06:07 PM
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Originally posted by Amaterasu

Originally posted by hooper
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The first step in gaining your freedom is to turn off the TeeVee; the next step is to use your newspapers to start your fires and wrap your fish.


And the third, and most important step, is to disconnect your internet connection. The temple of misinformation. By comparison the televsion, radio and print media are rank amateurs.


But hooooooper. The TV is ENTIRELY controlled. They're struggling to get hold of the Interweb, and flood it with disinfo so people like you can point to it, but One has a MUCH higher chance of encountering the truth HERE than on TV.

But if YOU want to remove yourself from the Interweb... Heh. I won't beg you to stay. [smile]


You know what the irony is here? You try to appear to be above it all, too clever by half for the propaganda, too savvy to fall for the "news" yet you have managed to fall for all the conspiracy fads hook, line and sinker. Moon hoax, 911 inside job and I'll bet you that you think JFK was killed by the CIA or the Mafia or some combination thereof. But you like the conspiracies because they make you feel like you're in some secret that no one else is, that you're something very special. And the problem is when you watch the TeeVee you are reminded that you are not.



posted on Apr, 16 2011 @ 06:10 PM
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Nice piece Yankee

I would guess that propaganda started back when 2 tribes of cavemen fought over a dead animal. The losers came back home and told the others "how they were outnumbered" and "these guys were HUGE" to justify their losing the meat. And so it goes throughout the ages.
I agree with you about 9/11 being the biggest psyop in history, you can tell official propaganda by the way any questioning of it is harshly dealt with. "It's unpatriotic", "unsympathetic to the victims" anything to shut you up and stop asking questions. "let us not tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories" was my favorite. Nice delivery on that one George

I also agree that since then it has turned to open class warfare in America all under the banner of the War on Terror and National Security. Ugh. What they mean is their security.
I'm pretty sure the TARP bailouts were the beginning of the wake up call for those who have begun to ask questions once again. Now we're broke and their trying to blame those greedy workers and everyone unfortunate enough to be jobless or disabled.
I had hope the Abu Gharaib scandal or the stolen election of 2004 would have moved people. I was astounded at the lack of reaction to both.
Criminality is now the new normal, greed is justifiable and wars are just collateral damage.
My dream is that we will have a world where life is sacred, creativity and productivity are rewarded and justice is the same for the rich and the poor.



posted on Apr, 16 2011 @ 06:11 PM
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Originally posted by Yankee451

Originally posted by emptyOmind
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i studied mass communication technology for my bachelors and now i work in the mass comm field. whilst i don't know everything, one thing that i can tell you for sure, is that news is a business first and foremost, it's designed to make money. as most of you know, peace doesn't get high ratings, people are all about death and destruction. maybe that's unpleasant to think about but it's true, the rating's don't lie. think about yourselves and when you are watching the news most.


Who taught you? Education and entertainment aren't free, and propaganda takes many forms.


i studied at an open university in Thailand, Ramkhamhaeng University, it's known as open because they accept everyone, and tution for all four years was less than 4000 us dollars. i studied in the international program with teachers from all around the world. they are well versed in propaganda and it was part of my studies when we studied the role of mass media in mass communication. it showed me just how widespread propaganda actually is. what i know about the news industry is not propaganda taught to me by my teachers, its the truth, it is there to make money. i don't have to prove this as it already proves itself. like i said the ratings don't lie.

i'm not saying that mass media doesn't play a big role in influencing people's behavior. are you familiar with the magic bullet theory? if not read this:


The "Magic Bullet Theory" (or "Hypodermic Needle Theory") holds that media broadcasts directly shape the opinions and actions of viewers. According to this theory, information is "fired" or "injected" directly into the viewer, and then guides their actions.


this theory was disproved because supposedly it's not a complex enough model, or so we are told, that's why it's merely a 'theory'

but there is evidence of this everywhere, one big piece is the radio broadcast of war of the worlds and i'm sure all of you can think of many others

that's real propaganda



posted on Apr, 16 2011 @ 06:21 PM
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Originally posted by hooper

Originally posted by emptyOmind
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i studied mass communication technology for my bachelors and now i work in the mass comm field. whilst i don't know everything, one thing that i can tell you for sure, is that news is a business first and foremost, it's designed to make money. as most of you know, peace doesn't get high ratings, people are all about death and destruction. maybe that's unpleasant to think about but it's true, the rating's don't lie. think about yourselves and when you are watching the news most.


If you studied mass communications then you know that until recently most news organizations in the electronic media were not profit centers, most lost money. So the implication that somehow or another that the media conspires to start wars in order to gain ratings just somehow doesn't ring true. Murders and violent crimes also make ratings, but do you really think the media inspires or manipulates people to commit crimes just so they can marginally increase ratings? Natural disasters, famine and disease also get their share of headlines, are we to believe that all human tragedy is scripted by invisible forces?

Not to mention that for all the money that there may be in war and conflict for both those that report on it and those that profit from it, it pales in economic comparison to benefits of peace time consumption. For all the money General Motors made during WWII building tanks, jeeps, trucks, and whatever other war products they turned out, it was just a shadow of the money they made selling Buicks and Chevys to the veterans for the next twenty years.


i never said they conspire to start wars and make up false news. i said that it's a business, and often times this business uses yellow journalism to reel it's audience in.

the definition of yellow journalism:


Yellow journalism, also known as the "Yellow Press", is a type of journalism that downplays legitimate news in favor of eye-catching headlines that sell more newspapers. Sometimes it deceives the audience it is intended for.



Refers to sensational stories and "scare" headlines.


you can find this in any mass comm textbook it's common knowledge.

news is a self sustaining win-win business



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