The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Fake News or “Propaganda”?

February 20, 2018

CNN faces criticism over its reporting of the North Korean leader’s family. The Huffington Post reports that “CNN is facing a backlash over an article about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, which critics claim paints her family’s repressive regime in a positive...

Inside America’s Invisible Government

November 01, 2016

Those in power in America do not like to see the status quo challenged. The American journalist Edward Bernays is often described as the man who invented modern propaganda. The nephew of Sigmund Freud, the pioneer of psychoanalysis, it was Bernays who coined the term “public relations” as a...

Reflections on Propaganda and Ideology in Everyday Life

May 13, 2016

The internet fulfills its promise to bring together diverse groups and encourage debate. The World Wide Web is an opportunity for many different people and groups to find a public voice. But this diversity has had some unintended consequences. Faced with thousands of options for information and...

War by Media and the Triumph of Propaganda

December 06, 2014

Propaganda is no longer an “invisible government” – it is the government. Why has so much journalism succumbed to propaganda? Why are censorship and distortion standard practice? Why is the BBC so often a mouthpiece of rapacious power? Why do The New York Times and The Washington Post...

Propaganda in World War I: Means, Impacts and Legacies

October 08, 2014

World War I saw mobilization of propaganda on an unprecedented scale, which continues to form an important part of warfare to this day. The use of propaganda in wartime is not a modern invention. Societies have used and lived with...

Breaking the Last Taboo: Gaza and the Threat of World War

September 12, 2014

The public must strive to see through the false reality created by false news delivered by media gatekeepers. “There is a taboo,” said the visionary Edward Said, “on telling the truth about Palestine and the great destructive force behind Israel. Only when this truth is out can any of us...