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How the Media Helps ISIS Spread its Propaganda
The central idea in ISIS' propaganda strategy is to make itself look like a huge, omnipresent global threat when it is in fact relatively small and isolated. The corporate media, whether wittingly or not, helps it to do this.
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Indict the System
In the past few months, a multitude of murders of unarmed black men at the hands of white police, Mike Brown, Eric Garner, and many more. Until attempts are made not just to indict racist police officers, but to indict the system itself--what bell hook refers to as imperialist white-supremacist capitalist patriarchy--it will, in the words of Malcolm X, continue turning victims into attackers and "democracy" into hypocrisy.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Chances Are the FBI Has Files on Your Favorite Human Rights Activist
The human rights heroes we admire today were the surveilled villains of yesteryear. The real dregs of human history are not those who illegally opposed systems of oppression, but rather those who allowed such egregious systems to continue unchallenged.
For oppressed groups, the police state has been a part of The American Experience - from the day this country was founded."
Monday, October 13, 2014(6 comments)
The (Socialist) Malala Yousafzai the US Media Doesn't Quote
Now that Malala Yousafzai has won her hard-earned and well-deserved Nobel Peace Prize, she and her amazing, tragic story is back in the spotlight. Per usual, nevertheless, the corporate media has taken this positive development and exploited it, in the service of US imperialism.
Sunday, September 8, 2013(3 comments)
How Ahistorical Journalism Serves Power
Contemporary journalism has a horrendous habit of considering history superfluous. If an event happened more than two--maybe three, if you're lucky--decades ago, it's impertinent. We just want the "facts," and we want them now. No nuance, no complexity, and, Ford forbid, please no ambiguity. Ahistorical "journalism" is the norm; historical framing is abnormal.