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Buying the War
Over a decade ago Bush administration forced the United States into a war so poorly prepared and executed it soon turned into a complete catastrophe. The fact of how the bureaucrats misled the country has been already expressed, but they couldn’t have done it by themselves; they needed an obedient and docile press, to propagate their disinformation as actual news and encourage them to continue to do so. Since then thousands of people have perished, and many are suffering and dying to this day. Yet the story of how the media was sold to the White House has not been elaborated in depth. If we look back at the moments before the invasion, we’ll see that the US media relinquished its liberty and doubt to a great extent to accompany the US government in advancing to war. (2007)
Globalisation and the MediaA documentary exploring how the mass media shape public opinion on the ‘War on Terror’ and economic Globalisation. Offers a wide range of viewpoints from broadcasters, journalists, alternative media activists, and news editors. We investigate the bias of Television news during the protest blockades of the IMF and the G8 summits. Includes a shocking report on state suppression of alternative media in Europe. Discover how new technology, such as the internet and camcorders, is challenging the role of the traditional news gatherer.
Noam Chomsky : 10 Strategies of Manipulation by the Media
Renowned critic and always MIT linguist Noam Chomsky, one of the classic voices of intellectual dissent in the last decade, has compiled a list of the ten most common and effective strategies resorted to by the agendas “hidden” to establish a manipulation of the population through the media.Historically the media have proven highly efficient to mold public opinion. Thanks to the media paraphernalia and propaganda, have been created or destroyed social movements, justified wars, tempered financial crisis, spurred on some other ideological currents, and even given the phenomenon of media as producers of reality within the collective psyche. But how to detect the most common strategies for understanding these psychosocial tools which, surely, we participate? Fortunately Chomsky has been given the task of synthesizing and expose these practices, some more obvious and more sophisticated, but apparently all equally effective and, from a certain point of view, demeaning. Encourage stupidity, promote a sense of guilt, promote distraction, or construct artificial problems and then magically, solve them, are just some of these tactics.
- Search for some key resources on media and communication here at the PMA Catalogue
- Search for some top documentaries on media here at Top Documentary Films
- New Media Bibliography (Readings)
- Bibliography (Readings): The Political Economies of Media: The Transformation of the Global Media Industries
- Bibliography (Readings):Digital Media and Activism
- Book Review: Design Activists Handbook
Free Online Courses
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- Social Media Quickstarter
- Online Sustainability Course
- FAIR’s Media Activism Kit (“How-to” guides for identifying, documenting and challenging inaccurate or unfair news coverage, along with information about how to promote independent media.)