What lingering doubts anyone might have about the case for war in Iraq took another body blow today, as the former deputy director of MI6, claimed Britain had been "dragged into" the war
. [more inside]
After one hundred days, the wait is over: Pete Souza's Gargantuan Presidential High-Definition Executive Flickrdump
. Warning: If you put it on fullscreen you won't get anything else done for a while.
In Our Own Backyard: Resisting Nazi Propaganda In Southern California 1933 - 1945
, a digital exhibition from the Oviatt Library at Cal State Northridge. "The Nazi Propaganda period, 1933 to 1945, chronicles a crucial twelve years in American history. This exhibit's story about the local threat to American ideals demonstrates how European events reached across the ocean and affected people in Southern California -- in our own backyard." Magazines
. [more inside]
Bhay ho phir bhi jai ho! Be afraid, and then be victorious! Jai Ho
, the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire song, was adopted
by the reigning Indian National Congress Party
as it's theme song
. In response, this parody was released by supporters
of the violently
Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party
. And you thought the Pussycat Dolls' version
Wikileaks cracks NATO's Master Narrative for Afghanistan
Wikileaks has cracked the encryption to a key document relating to the war in Afghanistan. The document, titled "NATO in Afghanistan: Master Narrative", details the "story" NATO representatives are to give to, and to avoid giving to, journalists. [more inside]
I am part of a Lost Generation, and I refuse to believe I can change the world.
Very clever AARP-sponsored positive propaganda piece for the Millenial Generation. (SLYT, 1min44sec).
What was so shameful and embarrassing to me, an American journalist whose own Moscow-based newspaper, The eXile, had just been driven out of existence [previously] by these same Kremlin bastards, is that Sasha was rightly frustrated. A Kremlin minder right and the Western journalists wrong? What has this world come to when the Kremlin has a better grasp of the truth than the free Western media?
How to screw up a war story: The New York Times at work
Peace and War in the 20th Century
is an ambitious, in progress, massive assemblage of posters, photographs, propaganda, ephemera, letters, diaries, paintings, sketches, stories, letters, music and related items, from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. The collection is international in scope. Some of the nodes lack content, and the navigation is a little confusing, so the jump I list some of my favourite case studies from their site. [more inside]
The sections of britishbattles.com
about The First Afghan War have apparently been quoted verbatim in Al-Qaeda propaganda
. Site author, amateur historian John Mackenzie, told the press "It's exactly appropriate to use the account of the first Afghan war to point out the pointlessness of the current operations and the dangers that they run of a similar disaster," [more inside]
Anti-drug propaganda is invariably lame, but the latest campaign for Frank, the UK drugs information helpline are actually very clever. Meet Pablo the Drug Mule Dog
In 1939, King George VI commissioned the Ministry of Information to produce three posters designed to reassure and prepare the British nation for an inevitable war. The posters were designed not so much to deliver any specific instruction, but rather to suggest an attitude - from King to country - towards the unknown. Stiff upper lip, old boy. KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON. [more inside]
Animatsiya in English
is weblog (warning: livejournal) with a narrow focus: tracking the production of Russian animated
feature films. Russian animation has a long history
with output both abstract and obstructed; from the early influence of the Russian avant-garde
and the work of small groups of enthusiasts
, through Stalin-era Socialist realism
and a style known as Éclair
that was marked by the use of extensive rotoscoping
, to the 1960's and beyond
when surreal and politically charged
(and unfortunately, in this case, anti-Semitic) as well as unconventionally structured, emotionally fueled
films found release. Fortunately, when Pilot Studio
—the Soviet Union's first private animation studio—decided to relegate parts of that history to the dumpsters out back
, the people were ready to sift through the mess
. [more inside]
The Clarion Fund
has been placing DVD advertisements in newspapers. That, in itself is not terribly new
. What's new is that they are advertising fear
, and they're only targeting swing states
. [more inside]
A is for Automobile, B is for Bazooka.
An Iranian kids' coloring book
made during the Iraq-Iran War, intended to teach the Farsi alphabet, has been scanned
and uploaded to Photobucket. [more inside]
Now I know how to Criticize Lin Piao and Discredit Him Completely,
next time won't you join with me? Lots of other great covers on this site
, but this one takes the (happy kids marching with rifles) cake. (via
Kiki and Bubu!
Austrian art collective monochrom
presents the adventures of two sock puppets. Part One: Kiki and Bubu and The Shift.
"Bubu wants to know why his dad is busy all the time. And Kiki explains him why... because of the neoliberal shift." Part Two: Kiki and Bubu and The Privilege.
"Bubu ran into a bunch of liberals and they gave him a book. They said if he doesn't read it, they're going to beat him up. But Bubu can't read! And so Kiki helps..." [Via BB]
Propaganda is now officially hip.
Barack Obama's presidential campaign has struck
with those interested in good, effective design. Shepard Fairey
was recently given the opportunity to create a screenprinted poster
for Obama's campaign, which sold out quite quickly. Next, his campaign turns to artist Scott Hansen, aka ISO50
for his visual art and Tycho
for his music. Mr. Hansen's poster
employs his idealistic and nostalgic style, yet more direct than his typical dreamy work. It's quite lovely.
If you can make it through the glacially paced intro and can put up with the typically clunky, often laughable and jingoistic fifties-style narration, this 1958 film from Chevrolet, The American Look
is worth viewing. Chock full of futuristic telephones, toasters, blenders, office machines, architecture and more, it's a mid-century design lover's dream. The film is visually striking and elegant, and presented in widescreen format. Here's part 2
and part 3
. Or see it here in its entirety
. [more inside]
Ben Stein's Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed
, a pro-Intelligent Design, anti-evolution polemic, arrived in theaters Friday to overwhelmingly negative reviews
and anemic ticket sales
. In response to the claims made in the film comes Expelled Exposed
, a website which seeks to "show you why this movie is not a documentary at all, but anti-science propaganda aimed at creating the appearance of controversy where there is none."
The War Relocation Authority Photographs of Japanese-American Evacuation and Resettlement, 1942-1945 collection
is a searchable
online archive which "contains approximately 7000 photographs and 317 Kodachrome slides which have been arranged into 18 series" (quoted from the Scope and Content page).
Links to photo series are under the Container Listing header. Alternatively, you can just browse through them all
. [more inside]
Just the other day I was thinking about World War 2-era propaganda songs, so of course I gave a listen to Smoke On the Water
. Say what? You didn't know it was about kickin' Hitler's ass? Or Hirohito's? Guess you weren't listening well enough when ol' Red Foley
sang: "...there'll be nothing left but vultures to inhabit all that land, when our modern ships and bombers make a graveyard of Japan..."
I tell you, they just don't write songs like that anymore, friends. Anyway, by 1951 Red was looking forward to Peace in the Valley
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Need money? Have a blog? Well, your troubles may be over: "Hiring a block of bloggers to verbally attack a specific person or promote a specific message may be worth considering." Of course, if you don't want to play along, there are other ways to make your blog useful:
Hacking the site and subtly changing the messages and data—merely a few words or phrases—may be sufficient to begin destroying the blogger’s credibility with the audience.... If the messages are subtly tweaked and the data corrupted in the right way, the enemy may reason that the blogger in question has betrayed them and... take down the site (and the blogger) themselves....
Who might you be interested in "clandestinely recruiting or hiring prominent bloggers"?
Oh, the US military.
Hide an image in html
... a neat CSS trick. Highlight the block of text at the bottom of the page as if you were going to cut & paste it. [more inside]
The Sound of
Music War [more inside]
- Given Saddam Hussein's central place in the American Consciousness over the last couple decades and particularly in recent years, I found 60 minutes' interview with FBI interrogator
George Piro pretty fascinating.
There You Go Again: Orwell Comes to America
is a conference hosted by The New York Public Library on the past and present of propaganda
. Dozens of speakers
and hours of enlightening video
. Panelists include luminary academics, journalists and George Soros, who along with the Open Society Institute
, is sponsoring the event. (Previously)
Triumph of the Will - the Director's Cut This rare director's cut of Triumph of the Will (German: Triumph des Neger) is a propaganda film by the German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl. It chronicles the Nazi getting fonky at Nuremberg. The film contains excerpts from rhymes kicked by various Nazi leaders at the Congress, including dat Brooklyn flava by Adolf Hitler, interspersed with footage of splifted party members.
“War Made Easy"
is a documentary with Sean Penn narrating, and is based on a book
by Norman Solomon
. This is an award winning expose on how the American Public has been led into a 50-year pattern of government deception and spin, dragging the United States from one war into another
. Remarkably this film exhumes archival footage of official distortion
and exaggeration from LBJ to
George W. Bush
, revealing in stunning detai
l how the American news media
have uncritically disseminated
the pro-war messages of successive presidential administrations. Brutally persuasive this film presents disturbing examples of propaganda
from those we want to believe in.
Out of work?
The Shooting Range
is hiring. No, not the Firing Range
. The Shooting Range.
Persistence of Myths Could Alter Public Policy Approach.
"The conventional response to myths and urban legends is to counter bad information with accurate information. But the new psychological studies
(PDFs) show that denials and clarifications, for all their intuitive appeal, can paradoxically contribute to the resiliency of popular myths." [Via Firedoglake, more at MindHacks.]
Recently deceased Leona Helmsley
left $12 Million
to her dog, as predicted
by Soviet propagandists in 1963. Other predictions have been less than accurate
My Right Wing Dad
is a new-ish and rather informal blog that aims to provide "a chance for folks to examine the unrestrained rhetoric that is quietly passed from in-box to in-box in America," by hosting a collection of the emails that form an often untraceable and unacknowledged part of public discourse in the U.S., especially on the Right. Tagged by category (for example: God
, and World War II
), the amateur archive presents a range of colorful opinion, not all of it strikingly accurate, and some of it offensive. In efforts to understand liberal and conservative habits of communication
, it may be worth considering the role of forwarded email in the electoral process, and the reasons that the forwarding of email is popular among some people
, and whether this behavior tends to correlate with particular political opinions. The emails hosted on MyRightWingDad may in any case be enlightening, unless you're already on the forward list of someone in the know.
That the first space race was politically motivated
shouldn't detract from your enjoyment of Soviet propaganda space art
. More here
Russians plant flag on North Pole Sea bed.
Russia has attempted to assert it's sovereignty over the North Pole by planting a Russian flag 4,200 metres under the ice. Norwegians, Danes react with amusement.
- A short propaganda film created by the US government & the "Office of War Information - Bureau of Motion Pictures."
The subject has been much discussed previously on MetaFilter. Here
, among other threads.
The "same people who attacked us on 9/11"?
It may be the very latest talking point from the Administration
, but it's actually true--altho it's not Al Qaeda in Iraq, but Saudis. Although Bush administration officials have frequently lashed out at Syria and Iran, accusing it of helping insurgents and militias here, the largest number of foreign fighters and suicide bombers in Iraq come from a third neighbor, Saudi Arabia ...
A historical note: 15 of the 19 hijackers
on 9/11 were Saudis.
FBI 101 -- "Essentials for Writers," an "exciting and informative" interactive workshop for writers being offered to members of my union -- the Writers Guild of America, East - by the FBI Office of Public Affairs and FBI New York. ...
-- Very interesting account of a workshop the FBI puts on for writers in NY.
What's in it for the FBI? ...The only question we have for you is 'Will it show us in a good light?'" ...
The War against the libr'l media ?
The Governmnt of Venezuela (read Hugh Chavez
and his supporters) decided not to renew
the broadcasting licence of RCTV
station. RCTV issued this statement
and consequently stopped transmissions. Some welcome
the move, others observe
the many facets of this event, many sustain it's outright government censorship and protest
post and documentary on distortions by and in media.
Al Hurra television, the U.S. government's $63 million-a-year effort at public diplomacy broadcasting in the Middle East, is run by executives and officials who cannot speak Arabic, according to a senior official who oversees the program.
That might explain why critics say the service has recently been caught broadcasting terrorist messages, ...
from their About US page: Alhurra is operated by non-profit corporation “The Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc.” (MBN). MBN is financed by the American people through the U.S Congress.
US Govt. Accountability Office abstract about other MBN problems here.
The Soviet Army fights its way into Berlin
and then, in a Very Special Episode, Uncle Joe drops in
for a visit. warnings: YouTube; violence followed by extreme melodrama