When Media Goes to War

Author: Anthony DiMaggio
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 1583671994
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In this fresh and provocative book, Anthony DiMaggio uses the war in Iraq and the United States confrontations with Iran as his touchstones to probe the sometimes fine line between news and propaganda. Using Antonio Gramsci’s concept of hegemony and drawing upon the seminal works of Noam Chomsky, Edward Herman, and Robert McChesney, DiMaggio combines a rigorousempirical analysis and clear, lucid prose to enlighten readers about issues essential to the struggle for a critical media and a functioning democracy. If, as DiMaggio shows, our newspapers and television news programs play a decisive role in determining what we think, and if, as he demonstrates convincingly, what the media give us is largely propaganda that supports an oppressive and undemocratic status quo, then it is incumbent upon us to make sure that they are responsive to the majority and not just the powerful and privileged few.

The Rise of the Tea Party

Author: Anthony DiMaggio
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 1583673067
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What to make of the Tea Party? To some, it is a grassroots movementaiming to reclaim an out-of-touch government for the people.To others, it is a proto-fascist organization of the misinformed andmanipulated lower middle class. Either way, it is surely one of themost significant forms of reaction in the age of Obama. In this definitive socio-political analysis of the Tea Party, AnthonyDiMaggio examines the Tea Party phenomenon, using a vast arrayof primary and secondary sources as well as first-hand observation.He traces the history of the Tea Party and analyzes its organizationalstructure, membership, ideological coherence, and relationship tothe mass media. And, perhaps most importantly, he asks: is it reallya movement or just a form of “manufactured dissent” engineeredby capital? DiMaggio’s conclusions are thoroughly documented,surprising, and bring much needed clarity to a highly controversialsubject.

Selling War Selling Hope

Author: Anthony R. DiMaggio
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 1438457952
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Details how presidents utilize mass media to justify foreign policy objectives in the aftermath of 9/11. Modern presidents have considerable power in selling U.S. foreign policy objectives to the public. In Selling War, Selling Hope, Anthony R. DiMaggio documents how presidents often make use of the media to create a positive informational environment that, at least in the short term, successfully builds public support for policy proposals. Using timely case studies with a focus on the Arab Spring and the U.S. “War on Terror” in the Middle East and surrounding regions, DiMaggio explains how official spin is employed to construct narratives that are sympathetic to U.S. officialdom. The mass media, rather than exhibiting independence when it comes to reporting foreign policy issues, is regularly utilized as a political tool for selling official proposals. The marginalization of alternative, critical viewpoints poses a significant obstacle to informed public deliberations on foreign policy issues. In the long run, however, the packaging of official narrative and its delivery by the media begins to unravel as citizens are able to make use of alternative sources of information and assert their independence from official viewpoints. “Selling War, Selling Hope is an innovative project that pushes the fields of political science, political communication, public opinion, and presidential rhetoric into new and exciting directions. This book is essential reading.” — Mark Major, author of The Unilateral Presidency and the News Media: The Politics of Framing Executive Power “This eye-opening exposition offers a radical new conclusion to the debate over why Americans oppose wars: Americans oppose particular wars for moral reasons. By capturing the wide range of presidential rhetoric from fear to hope, DiMaggio documents the depths plumbed by political and other elites to manipulate the American public to support the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In order to counteract American citizens’ moral opposition to war, political elites manipulate citizens’ fears into support for war by giving them hope, but the policies they choose, more often than not, lead to more war and reason for fear which creates a vicious cycle: fear—hope—war. The challenge we face is to break through the noise and the manipulation of political, economic, and military elites. DiMaggio offers us a way to see clearly.” — Amentahru Wahlrab, University of Texas at Tyler

Media Control

Author: Noam Chomsky
Publisher: Piper ebooks
ISBN: 349296253X
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Nicht erst im Irakkrieg spielten die US-Massenmedien eine fatale Rolle als Propagandainstrumente der Außenpolitik. Noam Chomsky, einer der wichtigsten Querdenker der USA, wirft den Medien vor, unbequeme Tatsachen bereitwillig zu verschleiern und die Verbrechen des »Feindes« wie mit der Lupe zu betrachten. Obwohl sie keiner direkten staatlichen Kontrolle unterliegen, verstehen sich die Massenmedien in den USA nicht als kritische Gegner, sondern als Partner der Regierung und ihrer hegemonialen Ziele.

Propaganda

Author: Thymian Bussemer
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3663111822
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Propaganda ist eines der zentralen Instrumente politischen Handelns in der Moderne. "Ohne Propaganda kann gar nichts verbreitet werden, keine Philosophie und keine Seife. Propaganda ist das Medium aller Werte geworden", bekannte einst der Schriftsteller Erich Kästner. Trotzdem sind Propaganda und verwandte Kommunikationsformen wie Public Relations in der sozialwissenschaftlichen Diskussion nach wie vor nicht hinreichend erforscht. Weder Politik- noch Kommunikationswissenschaften haben bislang herausgearbeitet, welche demokratietheoretischen, soziologischen und kognitionspsychologischen Annahmen und Basistheorien dem Konzept von Propaganda zugrunde liegen. Diese Lücke schließt das vorliegende Buch. Durch eine theoriegeschichtliche Betrachtung verschiedener Forschungsansätze wird deutlich, mit welchen Prämissen und Zielen Propagandaforscher und -praktiker im 20. Jahrhundert operierten. Die Studie leistet damit einen Beitrag zur Geschichte der Kommunikationswissenschaft. Zudem zeigt sie auf, mit welchen Strategien politische Eliten ihre Herrschaft zu sichern versuchten und welche Dienstleistungsfunktion die Sozialwissenschaften bei der Ausübung sozialer Kontrolle einnahmen.