August 22, 2003

Brian Eno -- astute political observer?!

Brian Eno wrote a surprisingly sharp article in the Guardian Observer, titled "Lessons in how to lie about Iraq". Surprising to me anyway, which is clearly a comment on my ignorance and not on Eno's apparently quite vital intellectual force. He describes the overt manipulation of public understanding by the US government to win support of the invasion of Iraq, drawing examples from Rampton & Stauber's new book Weapons of Mass Deception. To wit:

What occurs to 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'.

This reminds me of something Phil Agre wrote some years back, I'll have to dig for it.

Posted by Gene at August 22, 2003 04:46 PM | TrackBack
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