Malcolm X once remarked, “If you are not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.” Americans were brought up to believe we don’t have propaganda here in the West, but within so-called Western Democracies, the business of public relations is in highest demand to create the most sophisticated Perception Management on Earth. Today, 90% of the principal US news networks are owned by six media giants: General Electric, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner and CBS.
The constant flow of carefully shaped messages guide the public to ever more ridiculous predetermined conclusions, smearing anyone who steps out of line with the established narrative of the state. Drowning in information, we’re starved for knowledge. What lies behind us and before us are small matters compared to what lies right to our faces. As lies become truth, and war becomes peace, George Orwell rolls in his grave.
In George Orwell’s novel 1984, Winston Smith worked at the Ministry of Truth, but his job was not to ensure that the truth was preserved. Instead, Winston’s job was to alter past news stories, so that the version of the truth dictated by the ruling elite (known as The Party) would never contradict. If The Party lied to the people, a quick check of Winston’s altered records - which were the only remaining records - would prove that The Party was telling the truth. That prophetic novel predicted today’s media system with stunning accuracy. Today, a few multinational corporations now possess the power to overwhelm all competing voices, viewpoints and perceptions, to transform lies into truth. Media giants like FOX are not accountable to the people. Since only politicians have the prerogative to regulate these very corporations that also supply them with massive campaign contributions, no one can out-compete multinationals whose campaign contributions are so obscenely large that politicians simply turn their heads and look the other way. This monopolization continues merging corporations into even more powerful conglomerates until there is only one domineering perspective flooding the airwaves. Thus, he who has a monopoly on printing money can monopolize all other industries - including the only industry capable of stopping corrupt Empire building by shining lights on it: the media. Now they instead shine lights down dead-ends to keep the people distracted. Great efforts have been maintained for decades to keep the people from organizing, or asking important questions about what our masters are up to.
PUBLIC RELATIONS & PERCEPTION MANAGEMENT
Although Propagandists often refer themselves as members of the Public Relations Industry, we’d do well to not be fooled by their word magic; word magic employed by the likes of Legalese is designed to intentionally confuse by changing the definitions of words, as was the case in 1984 where Orwell referred to this phenomenon as doublespeak. The words, Public Relations are as synonymous with Propaganda as Perception Management - these terms are indicative of doublespeak. America’s massive PR industry is intended to alter perception, reshape reality and manufacture consent. Today America has more PR propagandists than reporters, which means more than half of what we see on TV, hear on radio and read in papers is written by professional liars. The goal of the Propagandist is to keep the people glued to their televisions, not only to sell toxic corporate products, but to assimilate the viewpoint of the state into the mind of the masses.
But here in the US were’ brought up to believe we don’t have propaganda. We’ve spent our lives under the false assumption that America is different, because she has a hard-charging investigative press coupled with an educated, skeptical citizenry. We’re meant to believe that if there were powerful interests attempting to manage pubic opinion, they would be exposed eventually. However, the reality is the complete reverse. Systems like Western Democracies and Open Societies require the most sophisticated types of propaganda. Thanks to Godfathers of Public Relations Ivy Lee and Edward Bernays, Propaganda has become the business of Public Relations. The Burson-Marsteller PR firm, who have often represented dictators, have coined the phrase, Perception Management to describe the business of managing public policy on behalf of their clients, whoever those clients be.
A campaign to distract, misinform and anesthetize the brain is known within intelligence circles as Psychological Warfare.