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Mass Media, Mass Propaganda
     

Mass Media, Mass Propaganda

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by Anthony DiMaggio
 

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Mass Media, Mass Propaganda analyzes a wide range of issues, domestic and international, concerning American and global news coverage of the U.S. 'War on Terror.' Topics reviewed include: media coverage of the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, Iraqi civil war and resistance to occupation, September 11th and

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Mass Media, Mass Propaganda analyzes a wide range of issues, domestic and international, concerning American and global news coverage of the U.S. 'War on Terror.' Topics reviewed include: media coverage of the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, Iraqi civil war and resistance to occupation, September 11th and 'Operation Enduring Freedom' in Afghanistan, human rights violations in Iraqm domestic anti-way dissent and censorship, and potential future targets in the 'War on Terror.' This work approaches the study of media through a political economy analysis, examining the ways in which the American corporate media works to reinforce official views and propaganda, and the ways in which it challenges official pro-war platforms. A comparative approach is taken in contrasting the American mass media with other media institutions from the Progressive-Left American press, the British and Australian press, and Arab electronic media. Major models analyzed and evaluated throughout this work include the 'Propaganda Model,' developed by Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman, and the 'Indexing Model,' elaborated upon by scholars such as W. Lance Bennett, Steven Livingston, and Jonathan Mermin.

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H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
For political journalists, journalism faculty and students, and common readers who believe the news media should present a more diverse spectrum of views about the defining political issues of our era, Mass Media, Mass Propaganda is a must-read book. It is an abundantly researched yet bound to be controversial study. DiMaggio writes in a style addressing both general readers and academic scholars. The book is animated by passionate advocacy of alternative media and of general media reform. Mass Media, Mass Propaganda delivers a courageous critical analysis of the practice of news today and its impact on democratic public opinion. DiMaggio's careful development of journalistic evidence builds a strong case.
— Jeanette McVicker, SUNY Fredonia
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
For political journalists, journalism faculty and students, and common readers who believe the news media should present a more diverse spectrum of views about the defining political issues of our era, Mass Media, Mass Propaganda is a must-read book. It is an abundantly researched yet bound to be controversial study. DiMaggio writes in a style addressing both general readers and academic scholars. The book is animated by passionate advocacy of alternative media and of general media reform. Mass Media, Mass Propaganda delivers a courageous critical analysis of the practice of news today and its impact on democratic public opinion. DiMaggio's careful development of journalistic evidence builds a strong case.
— Jeanette McVicker, SUNY Fredonia
Michael Parenti
Lucidly written and broadly researched, DiMaggio’s book is an excellent exposé of how mainstream media use conceptual evasion and informational manipulation to serve the empire.
Jamal R. Nassar
Mass Media, Mass Propaganda is a superb contribution to the literature on media coverage of the current war in Afghanistan and Iraq. Anthony DiMaggio's thorough analysis is unparalleled in any other work I have seen. This book is a must read for anyone interested in the media. The author's plea for a democratic media is well placed after a thorough analysis of how the media in this country has failed in its responsibilities toward its consumers.
Peter Phillips
DiMaggio's Mass Media, Mass Propaganda is a much needed text documenting the increasing evidence that corporate media is fully embedded with the Global Dominance Group of the US military industrial complex. His message is a significant addition to the overwhelming evidence for corporate media's complicity in war and its full service as a propaganda machine for the powerful.
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online - Jeanette McVicker
For political journalists, journalism faculty and students, and common readers who believe the news media should present a more diverse spectrum of views about the defining political issues of our era, Mass Media, Mass Propaganda is a must-read book. It is an abundantly researched yet bound to be controversial study. DiMaggio writes in a style addressing both general readers and academic scholars. The book is animated by passionate advocacy of alternative media and of general media reform. Mass Media, Mass Propaganda delivers a courageous critical analysis of the practice of news today and its impact on democratic public opinion. DiMaggio's careful development of journalistic evidence builds a strong case.
Danny Schechter
If history ever judges the folly of our times, it will not pass lightly over the complicity of our media in our disasterous Wars of Error so carefully detailed and documented with adroit scholarship by Anthony DiMaggio. His book will drive many journalists to hang our heads in shame and seek atonement through more thoughtful and critical work. This is a brave and important book by one conscience of academe. It could be cited on the tombstone of irresponsible corporate media.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739119037
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
01/01/2009
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

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Anthony DiMaggio is assistant professor of politics and government at Illinois State University.

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Mass Media, Mass Propaganda 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
willyvan More than 1 year ago
This thoroughly-researched book studies the US media’s coverage of the ‘war on terror’, especially of the war on Iraq. The US government famously claimed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, and the media managed to ignore the actual inspectors’ findings. Scott Ritter, a UN arms inspector in Iraq throughout the 1990s, reported, “Since 1998, Iraq has been fundamentally disarmed.” Hans Blix, who led the 2002-03 UN Iraq weapons inspection, reported that “UNMOVIC [United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission] had not found any such weapons.” The US government and media claimed that the resistance in Iraq were foreign terrorists who targeted only civilians. But the Center for Strategic and International Studies found that between September 2003 and October 2004 only 4.1 per cent of resistance attacks were directed against civilians, while 75 per cent were against coalition forces. Only the Los Angeles Times reported that “of the more than 1,000 men between the ages of fifteen and fifty-five who were captured … just fifteen are confirmed foreign fighters.” NATO forces killed hundreds of thousands of civilians, targeting and destroying whole cities, like Fallujah. ‘After Leveling City, U.S. Tries to Build Trust’, was the Los Angeles Times headline of 7 January 2005. The media called insurgents terrorists when they killed civilians while targeting US forces. But they did not call US forces terrorists when they killed civilians while targeting insurgents. The British media were slightly better than the US media. Lancet reported that 100,000 Iraqi civilians died in the 18 months after the 2003 NATO invasion and that about 650,000 Iraqis died through 2006 due to the rise in violence after the invasion. The Sunday Times reported on 26 March 2006 that US troops had executed eleven civilians in the village of Abu Sifa, ‘Iraqis killed by US troops ‘on rampage’: “Women and children were blindfolded and hands bound.”