This section will feature highly recommended reading material which contains some controversial subject matter pertaining to the media and communication studies. Many of the books featured, offer substantial insight into the manipulative methods of main stream corporate media. Historical records in communicative studies as well as insider accounts will help provide the necessary factual accounts to substantiate the claims of the media as a vehicle for control and propaganda.
Jacques Ellul (1912-1994), a French sociologist, was Professor Emeritus of Law and of the History and Sociology of Institutions at the University of Bordeaux.
Ellul’s masterpiece is required reading for anyone who wishes to fully comprehend the toxic combination of technology and mass media as it seeks to manipulate the human mind. To his credit, the author anticipates techniques and practices that are more relevant today, 43 years after this book was published.
This book offers a peek into the mind-blowing backstory of key political events and issues. It spills the fascinating secrets behind iconic marketing campaigns. Although brief in content, it provides invaluable insight into the machinations behind marketing information toward the collective herd.
You will learn to identify propaganda in marketing, media, education, and politics as you become more thoughtful and more skeptical of these messages and discover you are truly living in spin. An excellent and concise exposure to media manipulation. One of the best examples of contemporary studies in modern media propaganda as it functions within a so-called free society and democracy.
Author Ryan Holiday has worked for several years as a self-proclaimed media manipulator. He is now intent on revealing the tricks that his kind use to influence the public. Many of these stories are chilling. This book reveals the dark, manipulative but ultimately logical world the media operates, creating distraction through misleading fake news, in turn perpetuating mass idiocy among the collective herd.
An excellent resource to understanding the manipulative elements behind modern online media. It will reveal the level of deceit within the corporate media and how particular scandalous events could actually be a intelligently executed manipulation.
Simpson uncovers the darker side of early communications studies and how ideas shaped by powerful groups working in collusion with researchers, who had no reservations about being involved in military-sponsored projects. In addition, Simpson compiles valuable insights into how communications and other social sciences have been co-opted by government for nefarious ends.
These government-funded social scientists built the communications knowledge base while researching and developing the tools of propaganda, psychological warfare, and disinformation techniques utilized by the government on the American people.
This book is a collection of Prof. Mark Crispin Millers thought-provoking essays on the media. It is a powerful indictment of television all-pervasive hold on society, its relentless sales pitch, and trivialization of important issues.
Included are Freudian analyses of two advertisements, the game show Family Feud and comments on the dehumanizing effects of news coverage. Miller persuasively argues that TV advertising sponsors seek to reduce viewers to a state of semi-hypnotized consumerism, and that qualities that might threaten this condition, such as individuality and critical awareness, are discouraged.
French social theorist Gustave LeBon’s short treatise on the principles of large gatherings of people. LeBon notes how individuals become unthinking entities of the Herd, unconsciously committing acts of great criminality or heroism. Individuals who become part of a crowd tend to loose themselves, feeling invincible as the similarity of mind and purpose takes effect.
The individual mind is lost to the collective and the contagion of feelings and ideas are pushed into one mass collective direction. Gustave Le Bon was one of the first to apply psychology to the masses; his work influenced Wilfred Trotter, Edward Bernays, as well as Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler.
One of the great Catholic philosophers of our day reflects on the way language has been abused so that, instead of being a means of communicating the truth and entering more deeply into it, and of the acquisition of wisdom, it is being used to control people and manipulate them to achieve practical ends.
Reality becomes intelligible through words. Man speaks so that through naming things, what is real may become intelligible. This mediating character of language, however, is being increasingly corrupted.
If you watch the news, read newspapers and magazines, you should read this book. You will never accept media statistics blindly without asking some critical questions. Joel Best aims to make statistics and numbers, particularly those widely shared in the media, more understandable and approachable for the modern citizen.
Methods are provided to analyze the media statistics in an effort to better determine the credibility of the information. In doing so, we become more informed about contemporary issues as well as more educated consumers.
Belgian journalist Michel Collon analysis of the Kosovo conflict which resulted in the U.S. and NATO bombardment of Yugoslavia in 1999 and the subsequent occupation of the Serbian Kosovo province by U.S. and NATO troops.
Collon stated that the primary objective of the book is to allow the reader to recognize media lies. The Kosovo conflict is used to demonstrate how the U.S. media and government used disinformation and war propaganda to cover up the fact that no genocide or atrocities had taken place in Kosovo.
Dumitru Bacu depicts the historical torture and manipulation techniques used against the intellectual class of student elites in Romania. An important work which details Re-education as a new method of systematic physical and psychological torture. The prolonged, monotonous torture presses the prisoner to doubt his moral and intellectual foundation, eventually becoming a torturer himself in order to escape the systemic abuse.
It is important to note that political ideology is irrelevant as the effect is consistent across a wide spectrum of collective political, religious or cultural beliefs.
According to Chomsky, propaganda is to democracy as the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state, and the mass media is the primary vehicle for delivering propaganda in the United States.
The essay is from the time after the U.S. invasion of Iraq known as Desert Storm and traces the uses of propaganda and misinformation from that period to the Wilson era in relation to Walter Lippmann’s theory of media control. A brief and accessible treatise on modern propaganda and the manipulation of the collective hive mind.
Zengotita shows how a media-saturated culture has created a new breed of narcissists. Combining erudite philosophical insight, humanistic anthropological concerns, and readable language, he takes the hyper-self-conscious world of reality shows and 24 hour news and questions the effects it is having on the way we think about ourselves, and the way we see what’s around us.
This book is the most clear expression of what it means to say we live in the postmodern era. This book speaks to everyone and says some very thoughtful things about what it means to live in a late-capitalist, media-driven postmodern society.
Does Western media provide unbiased truth and independent editorials, especially in regards to Foreign matters?
Now a respected insider reveals what really happens behind the scenes.
Dr. Udo Ulfkotte, a seasoned journalist who worked for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung for 17 years reveals the extent of media manipulation by powerful elite political and lobby organizations, from scripted editorials by CIA intelligence editors impacting public opinion to the prolonged arm of the NATO Press Center in perpetuating endless wars.
Editor, Russ Kick amassed more than sixty articles, columns and interviews, connected solely by an opposition to some widely accepted perception.
This book is a collection of articles on a variety of topics, giving the reader a glimpse of dissident views and evidence that contradict official and established notions on a variety of topics. A must read for anyone who consumes mass media. This preamble details how “our system” filters out important real news. The system of weeding out those who would get too curious, rock the boat and expose the truth behind the companies who finance the corporate media from ever reaching a mass audience.