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Brainwash: how do they do it with you February 12, 2009

I ran into the topic of Propaganda on one Russian site  – the Encyclopedia of Propaganda (here) and was taken aback by the baldness of the facts and methods. My first reactions was – everone should read that!! Unfortunately I could not find such a detailed information in English, but will try to quote some important moments here.

Propaganda is generally an appeal to emotion, contrasted to an appeal to intellect. It shares techniques with advertising and public relations. Propaganda, in a narrower use of the term, connotes deliberately false or misleading information that supports or furthers a political (but not only) cause or the interests of those with power.

Propaganda has been a human activity as far back as reliable recorded evidence exists. Today we call it brainwash –the name that reveals the true nature of this phenomenon.

Common media for transmitting propaganda messages include news reports, government reports, historical revision, junk science, books, leaflets, movies, radio, television, and posters. In the case of radio and television, propaganda can exist on news, current-affairs or talk-show segments, as advertising or public-service announce “spots” or as long-running advertorials. A number of techniques based in social psychological research are used to generate propaganda. Many of these same techniques can be found under logical fallacies, since propagandists use arguments that, while sometimes convincing, are not necessarily valid.

Below are some of the typical brainwash techniques: (more…)

 

Russia is too bad… at its PR August 13, 2008

 image by axinia

Russia has a very subtle type of ego – while some countries try to show off and do excellent PR job outside, Russia simply does not care for its image. Let us be honest – today it is the question how the land “sells” itself and its policy plays a major role. And the fact that Russia really does not care much is harmful not only for the good relationships with the rest of the world, number of tourists or fans, but also the economical development.

The recent blizt-krieg in Georgia has again shown the deeply rooted image of “evil Russians” and how easy it comes up when needed. To be honest, I was shocked my the mass media coverage of the conflict with titles like “Russia is the aggressor”, etc.- simple knowing of the facts (historical and the present situation in Osetia) will let one know that it is not true. However Russian administration obviously does not care about presenting the facts for the world community. That´s a shame and also rather respectlos.

It gets obvious if one compares with the others. Luckily, some western media realise how the PR machine of Georgia worked. “Indeed, if the Georgian Army had been as aggressive as its public relations campaign then the war for South Ossetia might have ended very differently”, says The Times and Le Figaro. As foreign correspondents poured into Tbilisi a team of Belgian PR advisers launched a slick operation to keep them updated with e-mail alerts detailing the latest alleged aggressions by Russia and the Georgian Government’s reaction. On Sunday, for example, more than 20 e-mails went out to shape Georgia’s message that Russia had launched an invasion. Some of the claims veered into outright exaggeration – such as stating that Russian jets were “intensively bombing Tbilisi” or that Russian troops had taken Gori. At the same time Russian administration did not even think of a press-conference (!). (more…)

 

I did it! – I watched the match Russia-Sweden on TV June 19, 2008

 Russian fan in Vienna (image by axinia)

I really watched the match! 🙂 For someone who does not watch TV since years it is really something special. I used to watch football some years ago, so I basically know what it is about. Not every play is captivating, some are really boring. This time I was lucky enough to enjoy a good play – the young Russian team was fast and successful.

Austria is in football mood now – I would not say that Austrians are great fans and keen on that thing, but marketing and PR people are doing a their job and the crowd is being brain washed to participate and buy all sorts of products in connection with that. At some point it gets too much…

Now let me use this topic and share my thoughts on football.

WHAT I LIKE ABOUT FOOTBALL: watching a play, following the ball attentively one gets thoughtless. that is almost like a mediation. It is a great effect. Apart from that one is not alone and is kind of connected to millions of others watching it at the same time. Thus, football is a kind of a collective mediation.:)

WHAT I DO NOT LIKE ABOUT FOOTBALL: (more…)

 

What is really wrong with capitalism? Or Why I believe in communism. February 23, 2008

 photo by axinia

 Capitalism, Neo-Liberalism, Corporatism – call it whatever, I personally have a big difficulty with the kind of a system I live in. One of the reasons for that difficulty can be that I spent my childhood and youth in a society that was not driven by money and consumption (at least not to that extend like in the West). It seemed to me that people  – because they were not that stressed to make money and to spend them – lived happier, enjoyed more and appreciated the human values like friendship, family, creativity.

When I came to live in the West 10 years ago I was most of all shocked by the concept of profit, which seemed to be very natural for people here. Profit, copy-right, interest… It took me years to comprehend the ways and methods of this system. And now, while working as a Sales Manager in the Marketing and PR business (!)  – imagine what I think about all that machine. Day by day, the more I can penetrate into the depth of the capitalism, the more I understand that my personal belief lays somewhere else. May be I am a communist? (more…)

 

 
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