(Editor’s Note: This is a fascinating history of propaganda and how the elite masters of military and government psyops work hand-in-hand with the PR industry. This is well worth the time. As I said in a recent DC about the budding war against Iraq: don’t believe a word from the government about the need for war. Here’s the thing to understand – the lever of hope: Propaganda loses it’s power once people understand what is going on. That’s why it’s worth taking the time to watch this film. Then question everything and demand transparency! - Mark L. Taylor)
“I’ve put a spell on you.”
Film by Scott Noble
This film explores the evolution of propaganda and public relations in the United States, with an emphasis on the “elitist theory of democracy” and the relationship between war, propaganda and class.
Includes original interviews with a number of dissident scholars including Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Michael Parenti, Peter Phillips (“Project Censored”), John Stauber (“PR Watch”), Christopher Simpson (“The Science of Coercion”) and others.
The film explores corporate and government use of propaganda and public relations to manipulate American people. The movie explores how the U.S. government staged events to manipulate public opinion about the Iraq war, like the rescue of Private Jessica Lynch, the supposedly spontaneous mob that pulled over the larger-than-life statue of Saddam Hussein in Iraq.
It also discusses the Pentagon pundit scandal, and the hidden activities of the Rendon Group, a PR firm specializing in spinning war. The film exposes government and corporate activities to blur the lines between real news and fake news, as well as the development over time of public relations misinformation campaigns, strategic corporate campaigns to generate goodwill and the perception of good works, the use of staged photo-ops, and other manipulative PR tools that have turned the land of the free and the home of the brave into a place where citizens are now manipulated with great efficiency, and on a massive scale.
1-Hour, 39-Minute Video: http://www.brasschecktv.com/videos/spin/psywar-the-real-battlefield-is-your-mind.html