One of the advantages of the Internet is that everyone has a printing press.
One of the disadvantages of the Internet is that everyone has a printing press.
People are writing tracts that are just bunk.
The Economist is not a rag. It is nowhere close to being a rag. The Economist is one of the most respected publications in the world.
Altenative right organizations are all over CNN because it covers news the way it is supposed to be covered. Using the conventions of journalism that are taught in school and religiously repeated in newsrooms … at least the newsrooms that are left.
The president of the United States is leading a war on media and in particular on The Washington Post … a very respected news source.
Donald Trump’s minions talk of alternative facts and the Bowling Green Massacre that never existed.
Alternative right organizations are huge supporters of Fox News which when your agent first saw it … well … it was shocking. That’s not a news outlet. That’s a propaganda outlet. It is shocking in its biases. You’d never pass journalism school if you stuck to Fox News’ conventions.
If you say a lie enough times (I’m thinking Joseph Goebbels here), people will start to believe it. Many of those lies are very dangerous.
Here are some quotes from Goebbels:
- Arguments must therefore be crude, clear and forcible, and appeal to emotions and instincts, not the intellect. Truth was unimportant and entirely subordinate to tactics and psychology.
- A lie told once remains a lie but a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth
- Propaganda works best when those who are being manipulated
are confident they are acting on their own free will.
- Propaganda must facilitate the displacement of aggression by specifying the targets for hatred.
- The truth is the greatest enemy of the state.
- The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly – it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over.
- Whoever can conquer the street will one day conquer the state, for every form of power politics and any dictatorship-run state has its roots in the street.
- There is no need for propaganda to be rich in intellectual content.
Any of this sound familiar?
I never in my life thought I would see such things. That we had learned the lesson of truth and good conduct many decades ago.
I’m worried that I’m wrong.
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