SOURCE: The Baffler
The Victims of Communism Museum is a Propaganda Machine for Normalizing the Hard Right
by Billie Anania
The museum, which counts numerous Nazi sympathizers among its founders, peddles a spurious notion of "double genocide" that lets fascists off the hook by promoting the number of 100 million victims of communism. How do they get that tally? Including every German soldier killed on the eastern front and every victim of COVID-19.
"Top Gun: Maverick" Latest Chapter in Love Affair Between Hollywood and Pentagon
Despite its characterization as liberal and cosmopolitan, the film industry has eagerly embraced the military in the pursuit of box office.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
Confident that Ukraine is Winning the Info War? Think Again
by Carl Miller
Westerners are likely to shun Russian propaganda and mock its falsehoods; social media network research suggests that Russia isn't interested in convincing Westerners, and it may be reaching its intended audience quite effectively.
Russia – And Not Just its Army – Is Headed for a Crisis of Morale
by David A. Mayers
Russian soliders and civilians will, sooner or later, have to confront the disconnect between their government's patriotic justification of the Ukraine invasion and reality. This existential bleakness may shape Russia for decades to come.
SOURCE: Foreign Policy
Russia’s Propaganda Machine Is Faltering Over Ukraine
by Ian Garner
Many stories of Ukrainian heroism must be taken with a grain of salt, but the fact that they have spread over social media, including in Russia, suggests that Putin has overestimated his ability to win the war of information.
SOURCE: The Conversation
Putin's Claims of Genocide are Far From First Time Term has Been Exploited
by Alexander Hinton
"Governments and political leaders have long used genocide claims to make threats against other countries, or to provide a rationale for foreign intervention."
Remember Blowback over Belgium: Will Putin Lose the War of Image?
by Robert Brent Toplin
The potential for global media attention to the atrocities that will result from a Russian occupation of Ukraine should give Putin pause to reconsider the cost of military victory.
SOURCE: The Guardian
Burying Leni Riefenstahl: Nina Gladitz's Lifelong Crusade
In 1982, documentarian Nina Gladitz examined Reifenstahl's use of ethnic Roma concentration camp inmates as extras in a feature film, actions which demonstrated her knowledge of and complicity in atrocities. It cost her dearly, professionally and personally, over a decades-long pursuit of the truth.
SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
A Met Exhibition on Women in Photography Shows All Achievements by Women Don't Need to be Celebrated
by Kelly Midori McCormick
Why did the Metropolitan Museum use a photo of the imperialist Japanese photographer Sasamoto Tsuneko as an exemplar of women's achievements in the medium?
Selling the Story of Disinformation
Today's concern with "disinformation" has roots in the postwar advertising industry, but do programs to fight it repeat faulty ideas about information and persuasion that admen created to persuade companies their ads would work?
The Same Mistakes Twice? Teaching Dr. Seuss
by Walter Kamphoefner
Step back from the current media controversy and consider how Theodor Geisel's cartooning illustrate the contradictory nature of America's posture toward foreign and domestic racism in the World War II era, a pivotal moment for the nation that must be understood in all its complication.
SOURCE: Atlas Obscura
Eat Like England’s First Non-Royal Ruler With This Propaganda-Filled Cookbook
Anti-Cromwell sentiments during the Restoration era ran high, and royalists used every possible venue to attack the Lord Protector's legacy.
SOURCE: Just Security
Movie at the Ellipse: A Study in Fascist Propaganda
by Jason Stanley
Not enough attention has been paid to the video shown to spectators at Donald Trump's January 6th "Save America" rally. A close look shows it to be a work of propaganda firmly in the tradition of fascism.
Where Will the Culture of Internet Attacks Lead? Nazi Opponent Friedrich Kellner's Diaries Offer Warnings
by Robert Scott Kellner
The diary of a German Social Democrat and local official who observed and opposed the Third Reich offers a warning about today's unleashed online anger.
SOURCE: National Archives (UK)
Depicting Japan in British propaganda of the Second World War
The outbreak of hostilities between the United States and Japan exposed the ignorance and indifference of many Britons to Japan. The British Ministry of Information responded with "creative and aggressive propaganda about the Japanese enemy."
The Secret British Campaign to Persuade the U.S. to Enter WWII
Henry Hemming writes that British intelligence services planted made-up episodes of heroic military raids on Nazi-occupied Europe and fabricated Nazi plans to invade South America to try to overcome prevailing isolationist sentiments among Americans.
Barbarous Hun: The Sinking of the Lusitania and the Rise of Propaganda
by Albinko Hasic
British and U.S. war advocates quickly turned the tragedy into pro-war propaganda and created everything from postcards, to medals, to posters.
Depicting the Devil: How Propaganda Posters Portrayed Nazi Ideology
by Albinko Hasic
The poster became a cheap transmitter of these various messages and combined visual arts with psychological methods to incessantly repeat Nazi ideologies to the German public.
The Propaganda Posters That Won The U.S. Home Front
by Albinko Hasic
Artists suddenly became soldiers on the front to win the hearts and minds of the American public.
SOURCE: Tom Dispatch
Learning the Power of Lies
by Arnold R. Isaacs
Facts vs. Falsehoods in the Age of Trump
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