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August 28, 2003 1:24 PM

Brian Eno (yes, THE Brian Eno) reviews Weapons of Mass Deception:

What occurs to me in reading their book is that the new American approach to social control is so much more sophisticated and pervasive that it really deserves a new name. It isn't just propaganda any more, it's "prop-agenda." It's not so much the control of what we think, but the control of what we think about. When our governments want to sell us a course of action, they do it by making sure it's the only thing on the agenda, the only thing everyone's talking about. And they pre-load the ensuing discussion with highly selected images, devious and prejudicial language, dubious linkages, weak or false "intelligence" and selected "leaks."

With the ground thus prepared, governments are happy if you then 'use the democratic process' to agree or disagree -- for, after all, their intention is to mobilize enough headlines and conversation to make the whole thing seem real and urgent. The more emotional the debate, the better. Emotion creates reality, reality demands action.

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Paul in OC:

Speaking of lies, there's a good review of Franken's new book in the current OC Weekly, on page 34. The title is something like "Al Franken Makes me Mad", and it's written by Rebecca Schoenkopf.

Thu Aug 28 2003 8:23 PM

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