posted on Aug, 1 2012 @ 02:29 AM
Originally posted by stanguilles7
Honestly, at this point, I think the simplest explanation is the weak one they gave after the fact, claiming this was meant as a 'collage'. They
wanted to convey a specific message, and made a collage to do so. If they wanted to post something showing war-torn syria, they easily could have.
There are tons of images out in the media
Instead, they tried to convey an 'idea' and manipulated the photo. Them not pointing out the image was manipulated was just stupid or lazy. I cant
imagine they would think they wouldnt get caught using such an obviously faked image if their only intent was manipulation.
I beg to differ. This was an attempt to dramatize the situation in Aleppo. The picture is subtitled with the words: "Eine Ruinenstadt aus der die
Menschen fliehen sind Teile von Aleppo geworden". - Translation: "People flee from Aleppo, parts of Aleppo have become a ruined city."
This fits well with all the other articles which dominate most western newspapers. Every piece of "activist-information" is used to make headlines,
while the version of the Syrian government gets little traction. The Syrian government-sponsored website of Sana (Syrian news organization) is
blocked. Background to the "activist-information" is almost never given. This pattern is typical for all wars.
A narratve is created which targets our emotions. The narrative is repeated again and again. The narrative can foster misplaced patriotism - or, if a
war is sold for humanitarian reasons a misplaced sense of duty, anger and fear. The narrative is also used to quash opposition and to silence the
debate at home.
Here are some propaganda principles which are used to justify nearly all wars. The list was compiled by
and is partially based on the works of Arthur Ponsonby.
Ponsonby is the man, who coined the phrase: “When war is declared, truth is the first casualty" in his book Falsehood in Wartime: Propaganda Lies of
the First World War (1928)
FALSEHOOD IN WAR-TIME, by Arthur Ponsonby MP (1929)
- We don't want the war.
- The enemy is responsible for the war.
- The leader of the enemy is a villain who has committed (or is going to commit) heinous deeds.
- We fight for a good cause (freedom, democracy, human rights, stop terror etc)
- The enemy uses illegal arms and dirty tactics.
- The enemy commits cruelties on purpose (If we do it, it was just a “bad apple” or an accident)
- Intellectuals, human rights organisations and artists support our cause
- Our mission is for the greater good (in earlier times a holy cause)
- ur losses are small, we are winning, the losses of the enemy are enormous
- Those, who doubt our war-coverage are either traitors who support our enemies, or they are conspiracy theorists or they have nor heart
(Questions to the Austrians: Is this subtitile under the picture normal Austrian grammar? In German this grammar is horrible)
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by Drunkenshrew because: (no reason given)
edit on 1-8-2012 by Drunkenshrew because: grammar and spelling