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Month: February 2021

When you re-define the language, you can control the world

When you re-define the language, you can control the world

“Tear gas” and “Pepper spray” have been redefined by riot enthusiasts as “chemical munitions” and “chemical weapons” as they seek to ban the use of crowd control measures by police, when employed at “mostly peaceful protests”. Changing the language is one of the first steps taken in a propaganda campaign. Language redefinition goes on all the time, and lately, with increasing frequency.

Another neat propaganda technique

Another neat propaganda technique

A “report” by an advocacy group opposes “vaccine nationalism” and says we need “a massive course correction” on vaccine distribution by redirecting “excess rich-country doses” to “poorer countries”. But they pulled a little trick in their description – twisting the facts.

Poorly done propaganda using WYSIATI cherry picking: Al Jazeera gets an F on this one

Poorly done propaganda using WYSIATI cherry picking: Al Jazeera gets an F on this one

Al Jazeera runs a column by a professor of philosophy who says capitalism is a failure and that only government can deliver the “innovation” necessary to deliver vaccines for Covid-19. Al Jazeera fails to note his background as an avid socialist member of groups opposed to the “neoliberal capitalist model”. Failing to disclose this background context turns this into a propaganda piece versus not legitimate analysis of issues.

Government censorship via proxy

Government censorship via proxy

If the government prohibited us from engaging in speech someone in power did not like, this would be called censorship and a violation of the First Amendment. What is it called when the government puts pressure on BigTech companies to censor speech? It’s called government censorship via proxy. And the BigTech companies seem very happy to comply with government censorship campaigns – to curry political favors as government threatens them with regulation.