by AL Whitney (C) copyright 2010
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IF A FISH COULD TALK AND YOU ASKED IT TO DESCRIBE ITS ENVIRONMENT, THE LAST THING IT WOULD IDENTIFY WOULD BE . . . WATER.
PSYWAR – the documentary
“In the United States we’re often brought up and told we don’t have propaganda; that we have a hard charging investigative press, we have this educated sceptical even cynical citizenry and that if there were powerful interests trying to manage and manipulate public opinion they would be exposed. The reality actually is just the opposite. Academics like Alex Kerry and others, who’ve spent their life times looking at how propaganda works, find that it’s actually in Western democracies  and open societies where you need the most sophisticated sorts of propaganda. And since WWI, thanks to people like Ivy Lee and Eddy Bernays, you know propaganda’s become a business – this business of public relations. Or as one of the firms that has often represented dictators, the Burson Marsteller firm, puts it . . . their business is perception management – to manage public perception, public policy on behalf of their clients who ever they might be.”