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Saturday, 11 September 2010

Psywar: psyops documentary

This is a fabulously researched film about how governments of 'sophisticated' democracies use propaganda and stage events to influence the public's thoughts, emotions and ultimately choices.

The medium was, of course, the 'mainstream' media.

I don't agree with all the conclusions, but the arguments put forward are thought-provoking.

Reviews:
"A deep, richly illustrated study of the nature and history of propaganda, featuring some of the world's most insightful critics".
- Mark Achbar; Film director; 'Manufacturing Consent', 'The Corporation'

"Psywar exposes the propaganda system, providing crucial background and insight into the control of information and thought."
- Kim Petersen, Dissident Voice

"An Important work"
- Russ Baker, Journalist, Author "Family of Secrets"

"Must See"
- Tom Feeley, Information Clearing House

"Encyclopedic and riveting"
- Stephen Marshall, Guerrilla News Network

"Truly excellent"
- William Blum, journalist, Author 'Killing Hope'

"A Lucid and insightful study of the manipulation of public consciousness...Take heed."
- Michael Yates, Associate Editor, Monthly Review

"If it is your desire to understand how we are manipulated into believing the things we do -- watch this film.  Every American should see it...for the sake of our future."
- Timothy Gatto, former Chairman, Liberal Party of America



Sources:
  • Beder, Sharon – Consumerism: an Historical Perspective
  • Chomsky, Noam – What Makes Mainstream Media Mainstream
  • Darwinia – WWI Propaganda
  • Ewen, Stuart – Captains of Consciousness: Advertising and the Social Roots of the Consumer Culture
  • Lazere, Donald – American media and mass culture
  • Lutins, Allen – An Eclectic list of Events in US Labor History
  • Millies, Stephen – The Ludlow Massacre and the Birth of Company Unions
  • Parenti, Michael – Super-Patriotism
  • Simpson, Christopher – The Science of Coercion
  • Smith, Sharon – Subterranean Fire: A History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States
  • Snow, Nancy – Propagnda, Inc., Selling America's Culture to the World
  • Stauber, John and Rampton, Sheldon – Weapons of Mass Deception: The Uses of Propaganda in Bush's War on Iraq ; Toxic Sludge is Good For You
  • Tye, Larry – The Father of Spin: Edward L. Bernays; The Birth of PR

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