Category manufacturing consent

The ‘Weaponization’ of Social Media — And Its Real-World Consequences

Singer and Brooking tackle the mind-bending questions that arise when war goes online and the online world goes to war.

US Government Admits It’s Making Fake Social Media Accounts to Spread Propaganda in Cuba, by Ben Norton

The US Office of Cuba Broadcasting is secretly creating fake social media accounts to inspire dissent and to spread right-wing pro-US, pro-capitalist propaganda in Cuba.

What is the FCC Hiding? Court orders agency to release info about who submitted fake comments during net neutrality repeal

Fight for the Future is one of the groups behind the BattleForTheNet.com campaign and has been actively pressuring Congress to pass the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval to restore the FCC’s 2015 net neutrality protections.

John Pilger: HOLD THE FRONT PAGE. THE REPORTERS ARE MISSING

“Everyone,” she said. “Propaganda always wins, if you allow it.”

From Venezuela to McCain, Big Media and Human Rights Industry in Lockstep

The victims of empire are never more invisible than when it is time to whitewash a departed warmonger.

Big Tech’s Dangerous Crackdown on Social Media, by Max Blumenthal and Abby Martin

A discussion of the establishment’s efforts to censor and control independent voices including Venezuela analysis and TeleSUR English.

American Society Would Collapse If It Weren’t for These 8 Myths, by Lee Camp

It’s time to wake up.

Chris Hedges interviews Seymour Hersh on the State of American Journalism (Video)

We are sodden with fake news, hyped-up and incomplete information and false assertions delivered non-stop daily…”

Trump Getting Us Ready for Nuclear War by Lawrence S. Wittner

…buried far below the mass media coverage of the summit spectacle, the reality is that Trump―assisted by his military and civilian advisors―is busy getting the United States ready for nuclear war.

Christopher Simpson on “The Science of Coercion”

Government-funded psychological warfare programs underwrote the academic triumph of preconceptions about communication that persist today in communication studies, advertising research, and in counterinsurgency operations.

How the Corporate Media Enslave Us to a World of Illusions by Jonathan Cook

The Great Western Narrative is there to perpetuate power by legitimizing it, by making its unbalanced and unjust distribution seem natural and immutable.

Veterans’ Group Says “No” to Emmy for PBS Vietnam War Series

Nowhere in 18 hours of programming does the G.I. resistance movement merit mention and “instead of honoring the civilian peace movement for its accomplishments, activists are generally belittled as self-interested and self-indulgent, with stress on its supposed deep antagonism toward American soldiers,” the ad protests.

Military Madness, U.S. Style: What’s the Alternative?

Stephen Kinzer wrote that “coverage of the Syrian war will be remembered as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of the American press.’”

Deconsructed Podcast: How Bad is the News? with Hasan Minhaj

The news is almost like the comments section on Facebook, where there is no, “Hey, we went to the moon.” Everything is a moon-landing debate.

A Deadly Exchange: United States and Israel Security Forces Exchange Programs by Erika Levy

Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!  Protesters were confronted and arrested by heavily militarized police during the Ferguson, Missouri protests following the shooting of Michael Brown in 2014. According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the St. Louis County police chief had attended a training camp conducted by Israeli police and military. By Erika Levy  WAMM Newsletter  Volume […]

The Existential Question of Whom to Trust, by Robert Parry

The clever use of propaganda to oust disfavored governments often leads to violence and war, as we have seen in targeted countries, such as Iraq, Syria and Ukraine.

Democracy Now’s “Alt Media” Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria

The “war and peace report,” as progressive as it may often sound, has long ceased to be a purely listener-supported project, and this lack of economic independence has spilled into its politics.

Syria Controversy: Don’t Believe the Official Narrative, by Max Blumenthal

This month, the United States, the United Kingdom and France launched airstrikes in Syria in flagrant violation of international law and entirely on the basis of images that had appeared on social media.

Facebook codifies its censorship regime

The technology giants, unbeknownst to their users, are blocking “alternative” news sources and promoting “trusted” news outlets…

Daniel Ellsberg and Noam Chomsky Discuss Nuclear War

Chomsky: Page after page of the book contains graphic examples of –you can only call it–this kind of insanity and at one point describes the book as a chronicle of human madness, which captures the character of the era we have been living in very accurately. And we should bear in mind that this is only one of two existential threats, the other…is another dramatic illustration of human madness, the threat of global warming…