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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Propaganda and Media Manipulation 101 and My Experiences of Corporate Media Censorship

Some of you may have noticed that I have been writing on the subject of censorship for some period of time. The reason this blog was created was due to censorship on al.com's Scottsboro Forum. Censorship has taken place in local Face Book Groups. Some of the censorship has taken on threatening intimidating forms, including terrorist threats.

It has became apparent that there is an intentional effort on the part of local corporate media and political parties to keep the citizenry in a state of  "perptual mushroomitis" - feeding citizens crap and keeping them in the dark. This post concerns the reasoning and strategy for seemingly ridiculous attacks by anonymous parties and media propaganda 

When the attacks of slander, defamation, threats and intimidation are closely examined and applied to a corrupted media/political system's communications processes of disinformation and propaganda another piece of the puzzle falls into place. It causes this writer to question the intent of criminal acts and why they were not investigated by authorities, although complaints were filed. Reference:

The problem is bigger than verbal threats and harassment by anonymous parties utilizing a news media's forum to convey threats and harassment.

Why would persons or corporate media be concerned about a blogger?  The independent blogger's story is an individual story about his or her perceptions of reality and life around us, it is not a corporate image laden with hidden agendas of corporations and government entities. I'm conveying to you my perception of political and news worthy events around me; including the interjection of my opinions on this blog, Face Book, forums and directly into the political process, this seems to upset some folks who go to extremes to wage personal attacks.

As we examine our history, which includes murdered Jackson County Sheriff Matt Wann, 1932         ( story of Matt Wann http://scottsborostories.blogspot.com/2010/10/sheriff-matt-wann-brave-man-and-untold.html ) no prosecution of the known perpetrator and the claim by law enforcement that there are no records about the Sheriff's murder case. This leads me to wonder, has a black veil of secrecy and corruption fallen over Jackson County and Scottsboro,  and how does this past history affect our community today? 

The extent of vicious verbal group attacks by whites on Face Book sites relating to Scottsboro History, when the group's members are reminded of the exclusionary history of Scottsboro, reveals that  mob mentality and delusional group peer pressure is present and facilitates a continuation of a racist culture.

When you add in intentional lies by prominent local citizens which resulted in me being questioned by the local Sheriff's Department in 2003 due to my filing of complaints against  politicians which included theft of property, embezzlement, etc. more of the puzzle falls into place.

Corporate media propaganda and political intimidation have a purpose, it is to deceive you the citizen and isolate you the citizen from REAL NEWS and EVENTS occurring in our society. 

When persons outside of the corporate media and political structure come forward, such as bloggers, to report news and current events, it has been my experience local independent news reporters are threatened, intimidated and slandered, which has occurred in my case.  

The below lecture by Dr. Jerry Kroth concerns the propaganda and manipulation of news and how it affects you in today's  world. I relate my above experiences as an indication of problems in our local culture and how censorship and propaganda tie into the news you receive from the formal media.


The methods of media propaganda and your manipulation: 1) reframing; 2)repeated affirmations; 3) vicariousness; 4) distractions and denial; 5) Classical and operant conditioning.

This is a video on the psychology of propaganda. Prof. Kroth reviews five major techniques for how American mass media manipulates and twists the view Americans have of their world. The seriousness of the distortion, and our progressive loss of contact with reality is dramatic. We are increasingly living inside a media-induced trance without knowing it. Children believe Ronald MacDonald is more real than Abraham Lincoln. From Coke to Carl's Jr., Hip-hop to the Iraq war, the role of subliminal propaganda in our lives is unveiled and exposed. This talk is based on Dr. Kroth's recent book, Duped! Delusion, Denial, and the end of the American dream (Genotype, 2013). Dr. Jerry Kroth's You Tube Channel  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTHZbk9nPwc3RmPl2izhChA

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