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my theory on the tv program QI

QI is a propaganda device intended for the neutralisation of any political threat that might theoretically be posed by the pretentious ‘middle classes’

it plays on their class-based fears of being shown up for their ‘ignorance’ by someone who is demonstrably posher than they are

common misconception’

the show delights in ritual public humiliation, the favourite pastime of upper-class public schools

and every episode, buried amongst the ‘quite interesting’ trivia, they slip in at least one politically useful lie, they ‘debunk’ at least one politically-charged fact

oh didn’t you hear? that’s just a myth…

— 9 months ago with 1 note
#media  #classism  #QI  #BBC  #stephen fry  #is he the fucking oracle at delphi excuse me  #propaganda 
shortformblog:

This is undoubtedly an amusing headline, but it actually touches on a serious issue in democracies: How can policymakers sell and implement necessarily policy when the general public is almost comedically misinformed about what policy is needed? The poll cited showed that Britons believe that 24% of jobless benefits are fraudulently claimed (the actual number is .7%); that violent crime is rising (it’s falling); that immigrants comprise 1/3 of the population (more like 13%); and that teen pregnancy is roughly 26 times higher than it actually is. “Politicians need to be better at talking about the real state of affairs of the country, rather than spinning the numbers,” said one of the pollsters involved. In addition, “the media has to try and genuinely illuminate issues, rather than use statistics to sensationalise.” So, in other words, the incentives structure of politics and the media needs to do a complete 180 from where they are now. Awesome, that should be a quick fix. source

who the fuck is this anonymous pollster they quoted saying that the problem is that the media uses statistics to ‘sensationalise’ things?! that’s not the problem. the problem is that a) the targets of their sensationalism are entirely wrong, and b) they don’t use statistics
allow me to demonstrate a couple examples of good crime and benefit fraud sensationalism using statistics:
“TWO TRILLION £££ STOLEN FROM PUBLIC AND GIVEN TO RICH BANKERS WTF”
"SINGLE FAMILY RECEIVES OVER £40MILLION IN BENEFITS; LIVES IN AN ACTUAL LITERAL PALACE WEARING CROWNS TO FLAUNT THEIR LAVISH BENEFIT CHEAT LIFESTYLE”
oh and maybe:
"VIRTUALLY ALL MAJOR NEWSPAPERS IN BRITAIN OWNED BY 5 BILLIONAIRES"

shortformblog:

This is undoubtedly an amusing headline, but it actually touches on a serious issue in democracies: How can policymakers sell and implement necessarily policy when the general public is almost comedically misinformed about what policy is needed? The poll cited showed that Britons believe that 24% of jobless benefits are fraudulently claimed (the actual number is .7%); that violent crime is rising (it’s falling); that immigrants comprise 1/3 of the population (more like 13%); and that teen pregnancy is roughly 26 times higher than it actually is. “Politicians need to be better at talking about the real state of affairs of the country, rather than spinning the numbers,” said one of the pollsters involved. In addition, “the media has to try and genuinely illuminate issues, rather than use statistics to sensationalise.” So, in other words, the incentives structure of politics and the media needs to do a complete 180 from where they are now. Awesome, that should be a quick fix. source

who the fuck is this anonymous pollster they quoted saying that the problem is that the media uses statistics to ‘sensationalise’ things?! that’s not the problem. the problem is that a) the targets of their sensationalism are entirely wrong, and b) they don’t use statistics

allow me to demonstrate a couple examples of good crime and benefit fraud sensationalism using statistics:

TWO TRILLION £££ STOLEN FROM PUBLIC AND GIVEN TO RICH BANKERS WTF”

"SINGLE FAMILY RECEIVES OVER £40MILLION IN BENEFITS; LIVES IN AN ACTUAL LITERAL PALACE WEARING CROWNS TO FLAUNT THEIR LAVISH BENEFIT CHEAT LIFESTYLE”

oh and maybe:

"VIRTUALLY ALL MAJOR NEWSPAPERS IN BRITAIN OWNED BY 5 BILLIONAIRES"

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— 9 months ago with 1569 notes
#seriously tho  #britain  #uk  #media  #propaganda  #statistics  #monarchy  #benefits  #bankers 
"They always show the guys shouting “Death to America!!” Just once I wish the media would show us, I don’t know, baking a cookie. I’ve been to Iran, we have cookies, I swear. Just once, I want the media to be like, “Okay, we’re going to go to Mohammed in Iran” and then a guy would appear like “Hello, I’m Mohammed… and I’m just baking a cookie.”"
Maz Jobrani, an Iranian-American, on the way Middle Easterners are depicted in mainstream media. (via yourfriendlycomrade)

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— 9 months ago with 25795 notes
#media  #propaganda  #military-industrial-media complex  #representations  #cookies 
"The sheer prejudice and outright Saidian orientalism that Maddow exhibited in this 4-minute segment is eerily reminiscent of the Jim Crow days of American broadcasting when “respectable” journalists and entertainers could get away with insulting an entire race of people, their traditions and their beliefs, without batting an eye. In this case, Maddow has not only insulted Iranians but every Muslim in the world, too. Just imagine the uproar if she took such liberties with any other of the world’s major religions. To top it off, Maddow claims to be a different and more open-minded alternative to the George W. Bush America, but her repeated references to “us” and “them” in this brief segment proved that, like the ancient Persian religion of Manichaeism, she only sees things in black and white — not unlike her idols in Washington. That’s right Maddow, “us” does not include the millions of Muslim Americans who celebrate some of these holidays and the millions of Iranian Americans who celebrate Nowruz — that’s all “them,” those beardie weirdies across the way who don’t look human and certainly don’t act it."

Racial Maddow vs. the Islamic Republic of Iran - Shirin Sadeghi.

Love Shirin for writing this. I’m relieved to know not everyone’s foolishly in love with Rachel Maddow.

(via mehreenkasana)

I just watched the video, ugh. Orientalist, imperialist propaganda from Maddow. Another excuse to portray Bush’s axis of evil in convenient ‘us and them’ terms, painting all Iranians as extremist zealots, and yet more footage of North Korean people all doing the same thing in a large crowd, as if that’s the only footage of them in existence. i.e. both countries are clearly nothing more than brainwashed collective masses who don’t know what’s good for them and so of course need the enlightened west, where everyone’s a free individual (and definitely not Muslim or anything like that) to come spread democracy and rationality. 

The whole patronising ‘dictatorship’ spiel - ffs it was your CIA who overthrew the democratic government of Iran and replaced it with a US-friendly monarchical dictatorship in the 50s. And hmm I wonder if America had anything to do with Korea in the past… let’s not mention that though.

Ugh and the way she sneers at ‘dictatorships’ for celebrating their leaders birthdays, less than a minute after having shown the US list with Lincoln’s birthday right there ffs. Funnily enough no comment on how the land of the free celebrates mass colonial genocide on Columbus day either…

The highest military spending in the world, a bloody global empire, the highest prison population in the world, institutional racism, entirely unscientific drug laws, 90% of media controlled by 6 companies with interlocking share ownerships, 3 times fewer women in ministerial government positions than Iran.

But yeah keep pointing that finger.

'Progressive'

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— 1 year ago with 109 notes
#ugh liberals  #usa  #orientalism  #imperialism  #military-industrial-media complex  #edward said  #politics  #media  #war  #propaganda  #korea  #dprk  #iran  #rachel maddow  #islam  #history  #misinformation 
so important
the US military-industrial-media complex relies on dehumanising and othering the civilian populations of its target nations
the people in these pictures are not an unindividuated mass/horde of brainwashed commie robot zombie drones who spend their days at axis of evil hq plotting to blow up the white house
they are actual human individuals, 100% real people, with varied lives and loves and interests, they cook meals and fuck and listen to music, and experience the full spectrum of human emotions, and don’t deserve to be murdered by flying death robots or whatever the fuck
all of which is so basic it should never need to be said, but every time I hear about the latest ‘surgical strike’ to ‘neutralise’ ‘insurgent’ ‘forces’ w/ ‘collateral damage’ I’m reminded that apparently it does

so important

the US military-industrial-media complex relies on dehumanising and othering the civilian populations of its target nations

the people in these pictures are not an unindividuated mass/horde of brainwashed commie robot zombie drones who spend their days at axis of evil hq plotting to blow up the white house

they are actual human individuals, 100% real people, with varied lives and loves and interests, they cook meals and fuck and listen to music, and experience the full spectrum of human emotions, and don’t deserve to be murdered by flying death robots or whatever the fuck

all of which is so basic it should never need to be said, but every time I hear about the latest ‘surgical strike’ to ‘neutralise’ ‘insurgent’ ‘forces’ w/ ‘collateral damage’ I’m reminded that apparently it does

(Source: canadian-communist, via baronessvonbullshit)

— 1 year ago with 57875 notes
#dprk  #north korea  #war  #media  #orientalism  #propaganda  #imperialism  #military-industrial complex  #USA 
John Pilger: The new propaganda is 'liberal' →

amodernmanifesto:

What is modern propaganda? For many, it is the lies of a totalitarian state.

In the 1970s, I met Leni Riefenstahl and asked her about her epic films that glorified the Nazis. Using revolutionary camera and lighting techniques, she produced a documentary form that mesmerised Germans; her Triumph of the Will cast Hitler’s spell.

She told me that the “messages” of her films were dependent not on “orders from above”, but on the “submissive void” of the German public.

Did that include the liberal, educated bourgeoisie? “Everyone,” she said.

Today, we prefer to believe that there is no submissive void. “Choice” is ubiquitous. Phones are “platforms” that launch every half-thought. There is Google from outer space if you need it.

Caressed like rosary beads, the precious devices are borne heads-down, relentlessly monitored and prioritised. Their dominant theme is the self. Me. My needs. Riefenstahl’s submissive void is today’s digital slavery.

Edward Said described this wired state in Culture and Imperialism as taking imperialism where navies could never reach. It is the ultimate means of social control because it is voluntary, addictive and shrouded in illusions of personal freedom.

Today’s “message” of grotesque inequality, social injustice and war is the propaganda of liberal democracies. By any measure of human behavior, this is extremism.

Article goes into the CIA’s propagandising via Hollywood, which really shouldn’t be a taboo subject when:

  • Argo is misleading anti-Iranian propaganda
  • Zero Dark Thirty tries to justify torture and uncritically follows the US military’s version of events regarding bin Laden’s death
  • Olympus Has Fallen comes out at just the right time with its ‘omg North Korea is going to attack America’ bullshit, and
  • Homeland is winning awards on TV for promulgating the view that America needs to be even more vigilant against all these ‘Al Qaeda terrorists’
  • etc etc

As Pilger mentions the CIA has an ‘entertainment industry liaison office’ and it’s a matter of public record that they’ve been engaged in manipulating the media for decades (going back to Operation Mockingbird in the 50s).

Is it any wonder that all the media listed above feature sympathetic portrayals of CIA operatives? Or that they serve to reinforce US imperialism?

Just look at the timing of the anti-Iran and anti-DPRK movies, I mean really now, come on.

 

— 1 year ago with 28 notes
#propaganda  #CIA  #hollywood  #imperialism  #usa  #war  #iran  #dprk  #military-industrial complex  #media 
'recession' euphemisms

getting real sick of the word ‘austerity

austere' implies moral rectitude, self-discipline, spiritual focus

no - you’re inflicting poverty, suffering and death on people

it’s not for their own good or the betterment of their character, it’s for your own greed

and another thing, it’s not a ‘haircut' if you steal people's money from their bank accounts

the money doesn’t grow back in a couple of months free of charge, it’s gone

when the hairdresser cuts your hair they don’t then keep the hair in a little bag and use it to gamble on the financial markets

and then there’s 'tightening our belts’. which ties in to the whole bullshit weight loss = health = better person discourse (which ties in with the moral discipline spiel of ‘austerity’)

if anyone has to tighten their belts as a result of government cuts, it’s probably because you’re doing your damnedest to make sure they starve to death

'bail out' implies the banks were like sinking ships, damaged and sinking under powers beyond their control, and that they’re all about to die

when the fact is it’s their system, they intended it this way, and they’re making out like bandits

I don’t even know wtf 'quantitative easing' is supposed to mean

but ‘easing' it is most certainly not

and it’s not a ‘recession’

a recess is a small indentation ie in a wall

which you’ll notice could also be described as a ‘depression' in the wall

what part of ‘millions of people are suffering and dying’ makes you think of uneven wall surfaces

— 1 year ago
#language  #euphemism  #economics  #politics  #recession  #depression  #banks  #media  #propaganda  #1%  #occupy  #tw: weight loss 

am I being super paranoid if I’m suspicious of this sudden influx of proud, unusually vocal, ‘fascist conspiracy theorists’ on tumblr, going around following leftist blogs and winding them up?

I mean, hold up, the conspiracy (to the extent that it is even secret) is a fascist conspiracy. centralisation of power in government, centralisation of wealth, and the increasing melding of the two into a corporatist/militarist/racist superstate -> fascism.

either there’s a weird new trolling craze on 4chan, or it’s a concerted effort by people who are getting paid for their efforts. because only the other week there was more news coming out about intelligence agencies using social media to influence opinion

might well be nothing, but you can’t help but notice it does create a very visible association between fascism and the label thrown at many critics of that fascist superstate, ie ‘conspiracy theorist’. and there’s already the strong association with right-wing racist militia groups.

tbh it reminds me of the Israeli government’s propaganda tactics (‘we’re not racist for our supremacist apartheid state, you’re racist for criticising us!’) 

— 1 year ago
#I'm like a meta conspiracy theorist  #fascism?  #conspiracy theory?  #politics  #propaganda  #intelligence agencies  #tumblr 
thisisnotarab:

Hamra is a bustling city just like every city around the world, not a barren town with terrorists roaming the street.
The fact that they chose to represent it so terribly is just AWFUL. Because Lebanon is beautiful and deserves to be represented properly.

ugh again.
never actually heard of Homeland before now, just looked it up on wikipedia and wow, I really don’t want to be watching that

The series follows Carrie Mathison, a Central Intelligence Agency operations officer who, after conducting an unauthorized operation in Iraq, is put on probation and reassigned to the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center in Langley, Virginia. In Iraq, Carrie was warned by an asset that an American prisoner of war had been turned by al-Qaeda.

yeah…. no thanks
omg wait it gets better - apparently she’s the only one who believes he’s a terrorist! fuck’s sake, I know the lone maverick thing is a trope but seriously… she’s CIA counterterrorism and she has to struggle to convince people in her department that there might be an ‘al-Qaeda terrorist’ about?
they manage to wring some dramatic tension out of that scenario?
are they seriously going there?

thisisnotarab:

Hamra is a bustling city just like every city around the world, not a barren town with terrorists roaming the street.

The fact that they chose to represent it so terribly is just AWFUL. Because Lebanon is beautiful and deserves to be represented properly.

ugh again.

never actually heard of Homeland before now, just looked it up on wikipedia and wow, I really don’t want to be watching that

The series follows Carrie Mathison, a Central Intelligence Agency operations officer who, after conducting an unauthorized operation in Iraq, is put on probation and reassigned to the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center in Langley, Virginia. In Iraq, Carrie was warned by an asset that an American prisoner of war had been turned by al-Qaeda.

yeah…. no thanks

omg wait it gets better - apparently she’s the only one who believes he’s a terrorist! fuck’s sake, I know the lone maverick thing is a trope but seriously… she’s CIA counterterrorism and she has to struggle to convince people in her department that there might be an ‘al-Qaeda terrorist’ about?

they manage to wring some dramatic tension out of that scenario?

are they seriously going there?

(via anti-propaganda)

— 1 year ago with 353 notes
#media representations  #propaganda  #imperialism  #homeland  #tv  #america  #television  #drama  #iraq  #war  #cia  #lebanon  #war on terror  #orientalism 

ellentansey:

Let’s not start this rhetoric where Osborne is this clueless idiot that doesn’t know the hardship people go through. He knows. He just doesn’t care.

This is a calculated move to appease the capitalist class. That is what parliamentary politics always has and always will be.

This ^^^. Fuck this mainstream discourse of incompetence, blunders and gaffes. It’s calculated propaganda.

The man is a multi-billionaire heir to an 18th century baronetcy, who keeps his money in the oldest and most exclusive bank in the country (secret and invite-only) and his best friend is Nathaniel Rothschild, scion of the Rothschild banking dynasty.

David Cameron is a fucking linear descendant of fucking King William IV and a fifth cousin of the Queen twice removed, married the daughter of the eighth baronet of Sheffield and was born into five generations of banking wealth. And they were all in the exclusive fucking Bullingdon Club together with Boris Johnson. This is the state of politics in Britain right now.

It’s not a failure when he fleeces the country, gives money to private banks and cuts corporation tax. THE SYSTEM IS WORKING AS INTENDED. That’s the worst part.

Osborne claimed £47 on public expenses to pay for two DVDs of his own speech, and the speech was about value for taxpayer money. It’s all a sick joke to them, they’re sociopaths.

(Source: titotansey)

— 1 year ago with 15 notes
#osborne  #budget  #tory scum  #politics  #economy  #propaganda  #discourse  #banking  #rothschild  #royalty  #cameron  #boris johnson  #oxford  #uk  #britain 
28 months before the invasion, Saddam Hussein switched Iraq’s oil currency from dollars to euros

which had huge economic/political consequences for America, its oil companies, financial institutions, and the military-industrial complex

seriously though the war was because freedom and democracy

— 1 year ago with 20 notes
#oil  #dollar imperialism  #money  #war  #iraq  #usa  #uk  #britain  #politics  #military-industrial complex  #dollar  #finance  #propaganda  #invasion  #saddam hussein  #marxism  #socialism  #capitalism  #conspiracy  #corporate america 
"Nearly every tool necessary to wage war can now be purchased: combat support, including the ability to conduct large-scale operations and surgical strikes; operational support, like training and intelligence gathering; and general support, like transportation services and paramedical assistance. The demand for these services, in turn, has ballooned: the gross revenue for the private military contractor industry is now in excess of $100bn a year. The privatization of conflict is no longer a trend. It’s the norm."

Military contracting: our new era of corporate mercenaries | Arjun Sethi | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk (via randomactsofchaos)

$100bn a year paying rich capitalists to kill poor people, and even supposedly critical media outlets are using army propaganda euphemisms when they talk about it

'large-scale operations and surgical strikes - excuse me they’re not fucking surgeons. this isn’t medicine.

I think you’ll find killing people is the opposite of medicine.

-alfoxus

(via randomactsofchaos)

— 1 year ago with 49 notes
#they are murderers  #paid assassins  #mercenaries  #euphemisms  #language  #war  #propaganda  #media  #blackwater  #hired goons 
"One of the ways you control what people think is by creating the illusion that there’s a debate going on, but making sure that the debate stays within very narrow margins."
Noam Chomsky (via rockinajar)

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— 1 year ago with 427 notes
#terms of debate  #media  #chomsky  #quote  #propaganda