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Forum Post: "PSYWAR - The Real Battlefield Is Your Mind" ; Managing Public Perceptions.

Posted 2 years ago on Feb. 3, 2012, 11:05 a.m. EST by shadz66 (17984)
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How did the land of the free and the home of the brave arrive at a place where citizens could be manipulated with such efficiency and on such a massive scale ?

This film explores the evolution of propaganda and public relations in the United States, with an emphasis on the elitist theory of democracy and the relationship between War, Propaganda and Class.

A deep, richly illustrated study of the nature and history of propaganda, featuring some of the world’s most insightful critics, "Psywar" exposes the propaganda system, providing crucial background and insight into the control of information and thought.

Includes original interviews with a number of dissident scholars including Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Michael Parenti, Peter Phillips (“Project Censored”), John Stauber (“PR Watch”), Christopher Simpson (“The Science of Coercion”) and others by http://metanoia-films.org/ .

To follow 5 alt. links (a. - translatable to other languages & f. - Trailer ) :

fiat lux ; "do ut des" et "docendo discimus" ...

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[-] 2 points by DavidJameson (3) 2 years ago

Interesting post.

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (17984) 2 years ago

'DJ' : Thanx & also for your consideration :

fiat justitia ...

[-] 2 points by Nevada1 (4464) 2 years ago

Hi shadz, Thank you. Best Regards, Nevada

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (17984) 2 years ago

Hi right back at you, 'Nev1' ! You're more than welcome !!

Also on the matter of "The Battlefield Of The Mind" and "The Struggle For Retained Collective Memory" :

"ipsa scientia potestas est" !!!

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (21343) 2 years ago

Patriotism and nationalism make it easy.

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (17984) 2 years ago

James Boswell ( http://www.jamesboswell.info/ ) credits Samuel Johnson , 18th century English 'man of letters' with that famous phrase, "patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel" and seldom was a truer word said (imho) !

Also, further to the above - please consider :

"veritatem dies aperit" ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (21343) 2 years ago

I have an antique copy of Boswell's biography of Samuel Johnson. Just haven't had time to read it in total. Good quote. Me likes.

Great article. "Since World War II, the US government and corporate America have carried the democracy banner whenever they sought war and profits." Says it all.

[-] 1 points by shadz66 (17984) 2 years ago

"Antique Copy" ?! Don't Touch It !! Get a new paper back instead !!! & Glad you liked ;-)

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (21343) 2 years ago

It's not that old or special, but I like it. LOL!

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (17984) 2 years ago

Nice ! "Make new friends but keep the old ; The one is silver, the other Gold" !!

"verba volant scripta manent" !!!

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (21343) 2 years ago

Yes. I love books. No Nook for me.

Ma bibliothèque est mon trésor.

[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 2 years ago

I'm 15 minutes in and this is the most depressing video I have ever seen.

Why does our country have to be run by murderous frauds? So depressing.

You're a good source of information. Do you have any links to share about the number of civilian deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan? Info about Afghanistan seems to be pretty hard to find in comparison to Iraq.

[-] 1 points by shadz66 (17984) 2 years ago

I know what you mean and I'm sorry. With regard to your inquiries :

a) Re. Iraqi Civilian Deaths : http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/iraq ;

b) No One seems to count Afghan Civilian Deaths, tho' one recent report indicates a record 3500 dead last year but re. NATO Deaths : http://icasualties.org/oef/ &

c) Re. Afghanistan, a 'forum-post' I wrote 3 months ago : http://occupywallst.org/forum/occupied-afghanistan-some-facts-points-observation/ .

Pax Vobiscum...

[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 2 years ago

WWE wrestlers and Politicians want you to believe them.

Shadz, you're probably one of the best people on this site. You're so wise. Like a miniature budha covered in hair. But seriously, good post. I'm about to click the link.

[-] 1 points by shadz66 (17984) 2 years ago

Errrr ... thanks ! I'm ever so slightly weirded out by your vision of my pot belly ; pony-tail and liking for the 'Eightfold Path' !!! Ommm Mane Padme Hmmm ...

[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 2 years ago

hahaha it was an Anchorman reference.

[-] 1 points by shadz66 (17984) 2 years ago

Hmmm ... "Anchorman" ?! Contrary to your kind opinion, I'm at a loss and none the wiser !! Also, please consider that the only thing that pedestals are good for is falling off !!! ad iudicium...

[-] 1 points by economicallydiscardedcitizen (761) 2 years ago

Thanks! See also:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SD5-xfbcJI (WYBM FULL MOVIE 1-10) What You've Been Missing - Exposing The Noble Lie

Beware of the global Skinner Box...

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (17984) 2 years ago

Thanx 'edc' : It was an EDuCation ! I've watched an hour so far & am taking a break to : a) recommend it to other readers and b) to append the following 4 Documentary Series, all by UK Documentary Maker and 'Video Essayist', Adam Curtis - who is simply without parallel or peer in this field (imho).

These documentaries series comprise 13 hours of viewing in total and I do NOT recommend that they are watched without lengthy breaks to assimilate and absorb the information therein. Anybody engaging with these will essentially have done a course of study into 'critical thinking' into issues that are 'behind the veil'. I'd be pleasantly surprised if such a course was even available in our numerous anglophone centres of (so called) learning !! Thus :

  • 1) "The Century of the Self" : http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-century-of-the-self/ , (2002). This series is about how those in power have used Freud’s theories to try and control the dangerous crowd in an age of mass democracy. Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, changed the perception of the human mind and its workings profoundly.

  • 2) "The Power of Nightmares" : http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-power-of-nightmares/ , (2004). The films compare the rise of the American Neo-Conservative movement and the radical Islamist movement, making comparisons on their origins and noting strong similarities between the two.

  • 3) "The Trap" : http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-trap/ , (2007). The Trap is a series of three films that explains the origins of our contemporary, narrow idea of freedom. It shows how a simplistic model of human beings as self-seeking, almost robotic, creatures led to today’s idea of freedom. This model was derived from ideas and techniques developed by nuclear strategists during the Cold War to control the behavior of the Soviet enemy.

  • 4) "All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace" : http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/all-watched-over-by-machines-of-loving-grace/ , (2011). A series of films about how humans have been colonized by the machines they have built. Although we don’t realize it, the way we see everything in the world today is through the eyes of the computers. It claims that computers have failed to liberate us and instead have distorted and simplified our view of the world around us.

I have found the above personally liberating and recommend them with humility and sincerity. Re. Adam Curtis, please see : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Curtis .

"vincit omnia veritas" ....

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[-] 0 points by Renaye (522) 2 years ago

Beautiful work shadz66 !

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (17984) 2 years ago

Thanx 'R' & further to the above, please also consider :

ipsa scientia potestas est ...

[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (34898) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Good job of providing food for thought and promoting the opening of eye's to see the real world.

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (17984) 2 years ago

Cheers 'DKAt' & finally, probably my favourite web-site of all time and "for news on CNN or FOX News" : http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/ .

fiat lux ...

[-] 1 points by shadz66 (17984) 2 years ago

Also, some what more prosaically : http://www.warresisters.org/sites/default/files/FY2012piechart-color.pdf !

credo quia absurdum ...

[-] -3 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

Good post.

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (17984) 2 years ago

Hope you're calmer with your 'karma restored' & further to the above :

In a speech in Chicago, John Pilger described how propaganda has become such a potent force in our lives and, in the words of one of its founders, represents 'an invisible government'.

"qui habet ores ..."

[-] -1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

But we've decided to call in a journalistic adjudicator."

I have never heard that term.
Great article.