Kinder, gentler minders
in Kabul? President Hamid Karzai has re-opened the Department of the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice
. Department head Mohammad Wazir Razi Kabuli promises no beatings or jailings for violating Islamic tenets, as was common under the Taliban Ministry of Virtue and Vice
. Instead, "propaganda" will be used influence the people of Afghanistan. However, when asked what would happen if, for example, a woman was caught wearing makeup in public, Kabuli said "It's too early to talk about that."
White House acts to shed arrogant image. The White House will set up a new office to try to salvage America's plummeting image abroad, it was announced yesterday as an independent taskforce reported that even the country's allies saw the US as "arrogant", "hypocritical" and "self-absorbed".
This autumn, an office of global communications will take over the job of selling "Brand America" from the state department, which the White House believes has failed to do the job effectively.
Propaganda to garner support for an invasion in Iraq, genuine desire to promote the image of the country, or a meaningless facade that's a waste of money? You make the call.
Wars and propaganda in gaming: you've all heard of America's Army
by now, but what about Under Ash
where you can fight the IDF (no civilians targets here) as a palestinian rambo? Perhaps you'd prefer a more spiritual route, and want to convert heathens
? Or the truly repulsive Ethnic Cleansing
game? Artists are getting into too with the likes of Cultural Revolution Doom
, and some politicians considered doing it the direct way
. Clearly, folks with an agenda have realized that games are a way to get their message out, and maybe noticed the success of "realistic"
but largely apolitical shooters.
Fortunately for gaming peaceniks (kill pixels not people!), the games mostly suck.
"This trend of creating mass media to distribute propaganda methods is particularly frightening
-- usually the government agencies don't participate directly in mainstream media. It's the difference between using commercial airtime to broadcast anti-drug messages and having a nationwide government-run cable channel that runs programs devoted to the subject."
The government in question? The American one
. The Game? America's Army
Unsubstantiated fear of terrorism headlines
like this are an incitement to panic for no good reason. I awoke this morning to this one in the Indianapolis Star. Are all medium-sized American cities this reactionary, or is that honor reserved for The Crossroads of America?
has taken some heat lately
for being too P.C., even here on MetaFilter
. Well, here's their chance to redeem the network. Sunday evening, 9:00 - 10:00 PM Eastern/Pacific, ToonHeads Goes To War
, including four rarely-seen wartime cartoons in their entirety: "Blitz Wolf"
where the three little pigs face off against a treaty-breaking, German-speaking wolf; "Scrap Happy Daffy"
featuring Daffy promoting the recycling of scrap metal and butting heads with a goat that bears a striking resemblance to Adolf Hitler; "Herr Meets Hare,"
where Bugs Bunny tangles with Nazi minister Hermann Goering; and in "Russian Rhapsody"
, a plane full of "gremlins from the Kremlin" attack a bomber piloted by the Nazi leader himself.
Jenin 'massacre' reduced to death toll of 56.
Propoganda over, it's now official. I guess people will always believe what they want, but this comes straight from the Palestinian Authority.
I'm curious to know if this makes anyone in here feel the slightest bit regretful for jumping to conclusions (since we all know what happens when one assumes...).
Once again, in the U.S. we reap what we sow.
Now, I tend to be cynical when it comes to the activities of our government, but even I was shocked by the first two paragraphs of this article...
Art Fights Back
— an exhibit of poster art at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines, Iowa — displays images dedicated to the memory of September 11 and support of the Unites States and its troops. Seems like a typical thing to do around war time, right?
Take a close look at the actual poster design
. Don't they seem rather non-American
in their artistic style? In fact, they recall an era of poster design for a dramatically different context
than what was typically thought of as U.S. patriotism.
Chomsky says arrest me too.
A Turkish publisher accused of disseminating separatist propaganda was acquitted yesterday after one of his authors -the celebrated American linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky - appeared in an Istanbul court and asked to be tried alongside him.
Pentagon Readies Efforts to Sway Sentiment Abroad
The latest in our propaganda war. Why not simply hire such notables as Britney Spears and other worthies to entertain, free, in countries that do not seem to appreciate what democracy and capitalism are able to showcase as why our system is so good?
US planes rain dollars on Afghanistan
Brings a whole new dimension to the term "throwing away taxpayers' money". What kind of logic does the US govt put behind a stunt like this?
The Truth For Youth - Christian preaching in comic form.
Highly amusing, yet rather disturbing at the same time -- these are the messages they're trying to get through to kids?
Captures from a video of an attack on a Taliban BMP.
All I have to say is "holy crap." Graphic. Interesting. Discuss amongst yourselves.
A very interesting page on how to recognize and avoid emotionally-charged propaganda and political rhetoric. A broader question would be, how do you go about analyzing competing truth-claims made by environmentalists and anti-environmentalists, pro- and anti-gun control activists, Moonies, socialists, libertarians and capitalists? Are there any hard and fast rules you use to choose who and what to believe in a world of name calling and information glut?
This propaganda leaflet
is apparently being dropped in afghanistan by the American Military (taken from this msnbc story about the first american soldier to die from hostile fire
). Regardless of your opinion about propaganda, this seems rather sloppy. If the purpose of propaganda is to convince people of something, wouldn't you want to say it in a language they understand? Is the American military getting lazy / sloppy / over-confident? It looks like the propaganda leaflets from Desert storm
(1991), Desert Fox
(1998), and the bombing of Kosovo
were at least in the local languages. (Who knew there was a quarterly magazine
dedicated to aerial leaflet propaganda?)
The "Face of Terror"?
W.Y.S.I.W.Y.G. I haven't seen propaganda like this before. An interesting take on Arafat. Take a closer look.
"It's not propaganda, it's the truth"
Rumsfeld declared. OK, but leaflets with radio broadcasts
, and Information Programs
, is this the best we can do? How about some Daffy Goes to War
, even some inspirational Soviet
communist posters, as we do battle on the psyops
A brief look at the propaganda leaflets of recent wars, from the Psywar
White House summons biz chieftains The industry's top leaders, including Viacom Inc. chairman Sumner Redstone and News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch, will assemble in Beverly Hills Sunday morning with Karl Rove, the president's senior adviser, to hammer out a specific agenda for the entertainment industry to aid the fight on terrorism.
They say it's not about propaganda, it's to identify strategies and agree on practical ideas, which may involve films as well as TV messages.
Huh? That sounds like propaganda to me.
Emergency Broadcast Network: The Lost Tapes.
"Formed during the Persian Gulf War of 1990-91, E.B.N. created its first arsenal of counter-psy-ops programming, cleverly disguised as music videos, inspired by the spectacular media frenzy surrounding the war and its aftermath."
America is the Borg, Taliban - some hapless planet:
"Our forces are armed with state of the art military equipment. What are you using, obsolete and ineffective weaponry? Our helicopters will rain fire down upon your camps before you detect them on your radar. Our bombs are so accurate we can drop them right through your windows. Our infantry is trained for any climate and terrain on earth. United States soldiers fire with superior marksmanship and are armed with superior weapons. "
All your base, indeed.
dropped over Afghanistan are online now for your viewing pleasure. There are two designs
, and they come in both English and Arabic
. But my question is, can anyone actually read the things?
According to the CIA World Factbook the languages spoken in Afghanistan are "Pashtu 35%, Afghan Persian (Dari) 50%, Turkic languages (primarily Uzbek and Turkmen) 11%, 30 minor languages (primarily Balochi and Pashai) 4%, much bilingualism" And the country has a literacy rate of less than a third. I mean, the soldier shaking hands is somewhat obvious, but the radio tower?
Now that American media have shifted its focus on the bombings in Afghanistan with their objectivity
being molded by federal 'requests,' some of the more mundane information may never get any airtime or ink here in the U.S. Panorama, a German TV service,
have broadcast a wide angle video
of the 'jubilant Palestinians' that support articles published in Spiegel
magazines stating that the clip was staged
. The news of FBI lying to the media
to justify detaining a Saudi man for three weeks was buried in a blurb in page B-4 in Thursday's Times.
[Notes:  Stern.de article was referenced in The Inquirer. These two links are courtesy of Steven's USS Clueless.  The video link is to a 10 minute, 3.3 MB Real Media file. Jump to 7:45 and view to end. Alternative links: 1, 2, 3, 4.  Original German: Panorama TV, Spiegel Magazine.]
Infinite Justice is out, Enduring Freedom is in.
"The change was made after the initial name -- 'Operation Infinite Justice' -- last week ran into objections from some Islamic scholars on grounds that only God, or Allah, could mete out infinite justice in their view."
On the art of Propaganda
Propaganda is a vital part of warfare and we're about to see a lot of it. This site analyzes the techniques of propaganda and discusses specific examples from history.
I don't know if this is just Isreali Propaganda
but i thought it was worth a look. Sorry if it is as double post. I did a search, nothing came up. I got it from this site
BUY WAR BONDS!
An archive of vintage WWII posters, in case you've got a hankerin' for a little bit of that ol' timey propaganda.
Recently I was made aware of a response to the terrorist attacks of Tuesday, by Serj Tankian, vocalist for the politically-themed band, System of a Down
. The response was well written, highly articulated and, yet, it is now MISSING from the band's official website.
I have been unable to find a cached copy of the post, and I am wondering if this article was removed due to it's less-than 100% agreement with the current mindset of the media propaganda machine, or whether it is related to something else.
If anyone can dig up a cached copy, or shed some light on this matter, it would be much appreciated.
A treatment program for the chronic cannabis user.
Do you think chronic use of weed actually does this to you? Or is it all just more anti-drug propaganda?
Taiwan's ruling party receives some very controversial
assistance. 'The commercial opens with a 10-second clip from a Nazi propaganda film, showing Hitler raising his arms and putting his hands on his chest.'
"Hitler was chosen as one of the four leaders because he dared to speak his own mind,'' Juan said. Among former Taiwanese president, Castro & JFK are featured in the commercial. AP notes that Taiwanese lack a deep understanding of the Holocaust and at the same time are suprised to that Mao Tse-Tung is used as a pop symbol in the West...
Is this a case that warrants cultural relativism ?
"China's lumbering propaganda apparatus"
may be an accurate description, but is it appropriate for the New York Times
to use such a phrase in a news article, especially given the present crisis?
Are teens a reflection of the media or is the media a reflection of teenage culture? According to NYU prof Miller "The MTV machine does listen very carefully to children.
In rather the same way--if I can put it controversially--as Dr. Goebbels, [Hitler's] ministry of propaganda, listened to the German people. Propagandists have to listen to their audience very, very closely. When corporate revenues depend on being ahead of the curve, you have to listen, you have to know exactly what they want and exactly what they're thinking so that you can give them what you want them to have." More about the PBS special here
that our friend Dubya did in fact authorize the attack on Iraqi radar stations. We're killing people and giving a dictator fuel for the propaganda mill he needs to prop up his regime. But that's okay, because the people who are dying don't share our race and religion and so, in fact, they're not really "people" at all. They're ciphers and objects and statistics. Apparently it's only when white Protesetants die that death really matters. Incidentally, remember this bombing isn't a matter of protecting the Kuwaiti ethnic minority (read: our oil interests), this is over perceived violation of arbitrarily imposed NATO sanctions. Scum. Scum scum scum!
Free Jack Chick comics online
I only post this because I am always surprised how many people have never heard of the man. There is only one way to salvation, and Jack wants to show you. Some favorites are Bewitched
and the discontinued anti-D&D classic Dark Dungeons
. The Poor Little Witch"
will twist your brain too. Did you know Roman Catholics are not Christian, and that Christian Scientists cannot get into heaven?
Rebels, guerrillas, opposition groups, separatists, nationalists, regionalists, propaganda. You name it, it's on the air. [Via NASWeblog
I had been somewhat underwhelmed by the "preview" offerings of Modern Humorist
(Beta software is bad enough; who needs beta humor?), but their latest contribution Propaganda in the Internet Age
rates high on my Sjoberg
The People's Daily
- Like news, but not fact or truth? Then check out the China's government newspaper. Let's see what lies are coming 'American pig-dogs' today.