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How Britain’s Propaganda Machine Controls What You Think

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How Britain’s Propaganda Machine Controls What You Think

Post by Get'emGonçalo on 24.09.15 9:25

22nd September 2015 / United Kingdom





On the one hand, just five individual Billionaires in Britain get to control 80% what you read in printed media and on the other hand, just five Internet Service Providers get to control what 87% of people get to see on their devices. Both are heavily influenced by government. It is no wonder what the public think is a misinterpretation of the truth. In fact, so far from the truth, it is more a departure from reality. Propaganda works!


Owen Jones’s book, “The Establishment and how they get away with it” focuses on how British democracy is threatened from within explained best by it’s own description;


“Behind our democracy lurks a powerful but unaccountable network of people who wield massive power and reap huge profits in the process. In exposing this shadowy and complex system that dominates our lives, Owen Jones sets out on a journey into the heart of our Establishment, from the lobbies of Westminster to the newsrooms, boardrooms and trading rooms of Fleet Street and the City. Exposing the revolving doors that link these worlds, and the vested interests that bind them together, Jones shows how, in claiming to work on our behalf, the people at the top are doing precisely the opposite. In fact, they represent the biggest threat to our democracy today – and it is time they were challenged”.

Jones makes a good point in highlighting “how the media controls Britain” and how it reveals the schism between popular British sentiment about key social issues courtesy of media influences and reality, indicating that the “establishment” is more than happy to sow discord within the working/middle classes using its traditional “objective” distribution channels, while it remains aloof, collecting the rent its record capital provides.

For instance, the book says, 24% of the population think that British society is Muslim, the figure is actually 5%. 31% believe the British population are immigrants when it’s 14%, 27% believe social security money has been fraudulently gained when the figure is 0.7%. It continues with statistics that distort the truth such as 41% of the public believe all social security money goes to the unemployed when it’s actually 3% and 29% of Britons think more taxpayers money goes on jobseekers allowance than on pensions – when 15 times more money is spent on pensioners.

This clearly demonstrates just how much that the media controls the minds of the general public. It is how propaganda is peddled so effectively by the very rich and very powerful to reach their goal of attaining even more wealth and power and to stay there.

In terms of Britain’s media, the reality is that there are 5 billionaires who run our media, and they have huge power in our democracy forcing our political parties to prioritize their wishes over the wishes of the British public. These 5 people not only own 80% of the newspapers we read every day, they also own TV stations, press agencies, book companies, cinemas, so everything we think or speak about in Britain is nearly controlled entirely by these 5 men.

These are the men in control : Rupert Murdoch, Jonathon Harmsworth, Richard Desmond and the Barclay’s Twins. None of these people live in Britain.

They dominate and monopolise our culture and that is a disaster for democracy, because it means the wishes of the super wealthy 0.1% dominates our governments actions. The recent revelations in Lord Ashcroft’s book finely tunes the thought that the wealthy buy power and when they don’t get what they want, well, ask David Cameron!

The leaders of our political parties are not the leaders of our country, they are basically rent boys for the 5 billionaires who decide everything.

However, behind the principle that the media in Britain has been highjacked by the vested interests of corporations such as Murdoch’a News Corporation, a company that now ranks as the worlds fourth largest media company, there is a much more sinister side to how media and their messages are disseminated in Britain.

Essentially, to be a news or current affairs publisher you must be registered as such with a government regulatory body. That this is a despicable idea goes without saying: it’s a reversal of the past three hundred years of liberty where we’ve been allowed to say or print whatever we want to subject only to the laws of libel, incitement to violence and pressing concerns of national security.

If a news or current affairs publisher is taken to court, by anyone, including the state, and not registered then no matter the outcome, in all circumstances, win or lose, the publisher loses and can’t claim costs.

Worse, it doesn’t matter where your servers are. For that’s not what defines publication. It also doesn’t matter who the material is aimed at: nor even what language it is in. Publication happens if someone in the UK downloads whatever it is. That, in itself, is the act of publication. This effectively censors the entire world’s press and media in the United Kingdom.

The three politicians who dreamt up this suppression strategem are the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and the Deputy Prime Minister of the time in 2013. In itself that’s an interesting commentary on the quality of those individuals and what they think of democracy and freedom more generally.

Of course, over recent years restricting press freedom in the name of national security has been a focal point for government. The UK’s lack of constitutional guarantees for freedom of expression were only some of the things criticised in a new report by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). The organisation represents over 18,000 publications and 15,000 websites in over 120 countries.

Referring to the UK’s influence internationally WAN-IFRA says: “How changes to the system of press regulation are managed in the UK will have an unparalleled impact beyond its shores.” They fear that a regulator with government involvement risks being “an open invitation for abuse” of press freedom. The report in many ways echoes Index on Censorship’s position on press regulation and threats to press freedom in the UK.

The report comes after concerns were expressed by UK media and press freedom organisations over the state of press freedom following the Leveson debate, and the threats and pressure faced by the Guardian over their reporting on Snowden and mass surveillance, culminating in the destruction of hard drives in the Guardian’s basement overseen by GCHQ representatives.

The speed of implementation of new rules, the lack of legislative scrutiny, parliamentary vote or public consultation was criticised, with the report arguing the whole process should have been more transparent.

PM David Cameron’s claims at the time of The Guardian incident that the reporting harmed national security, with no evidence to back this up suggested an unprecedented level of political interference in the freedom of the press.

Around the same time, a court judgement finding the detention of David Miranda (partner of Glen Greenwald, reporter at The Guardian) legal under the UK’s Terrorism Act suggests that the government is unconcerned with press freedom and arbitrary detention and more concerned with its own agenda – damage control.

Laws have now extended into curbing social media by criminalising it and censoring the internet by way of introducing online filters. It was always going to be an easy win, harping on about the need to protect children and threatening internet service providers with legislation if they didn’t comply with prime ministerial demands over filtering.

Using the supposed threat of paedophiles as a pretext to attack basic democratic rights and bring in broader censorship, PM David Cameron declared , “The actions we’re taking today come back to that basic idea: protecting the most vulnerable in our society, protecting innocence, protecting childhood itself. That is what is at stake, and I will do whatever it takes to keep our children safe.”

According to the civil liberties organisation Open Rights Group, the filters don’t just block pornography but “also restrict access to sites deemed unsuitable for under 18’s including information on alcohol and other drugs, forums, YouTube and controversial political views.”

The government then introduced a “whitelist of websites” to counter indiscriminate ISP’s site blocking. At the ISP level, on public wi-fi and via mobile operators, the UK will be subject to a substantial amount of network-level filtering.  The new network-level filtering from both ISP’s on the one hand and government on the other increases the level of over-blocking.
The government’s filter blocks far more than just dirty pictures though. That was always the intention, and it has become clear that the mission creep of internet censorship is even creepier than campaigners had feared.

One ISP now uses these restrictions to cover “sites with information about illegal manipulation of electronic devices [and] distribution of software” – in other words, file-sharing. As The Guardian says “It looks like a convenient way to block a lot of content the British government doesn’t want its citizens to see, with no public consultation whatsoever”.

With minimal argument, a Conservative-led government has given private firms permission to decide what websites we may and may not access. This sets a precedent for state censorship on an enormous scale – all outsourced to the private sector, of course, so that the government does not have to hold up its hands to direct responsibility for shutting down freedom of speech.

Just 5 billionaires and 5 ISP’s and about as many government officials are controlling what you read and see and manipulate what you believe to be factual and real. Propaganda works!

It appears that it isn’t enough that government officials and their agencies do things such as listen in on phone calls, take illicit images of you and your family, read your emails and troll through the web browsing histories of everyone. They want to control not only what you read and see, they want you to believe a manufactured story to keep them where they are and keep you where you are.


Graham Vanbergen  TruePublica

http://truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/how-britains-propaganda-machine-controls-what-you-think/

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Post by kaz on 24.09.15 9:56

The three politicians who dreamt up this suppression strategem are the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and the Deputy Prime Minister of the time in 2013. In itself that’s an interesting commentary on the quality of those individuals and what they think of democracy and freedom more generally


Cameron was so right. '' We're all in it together.''



So true. So scary. I think people ARE  beginning to 'wake up 'but my word it's taking
a long time.

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Re: How Britain’s Propaganda Machine Controls What You Think

Post by Tony Bennett on 24.09.15 10:16

@Get'emGonçalo wrote:22nd September 2015 / United Kingdom

 

Thank you very much for posting this.

It should be compulsory reading for anyone remotely interested in the Madeleine McCann case.

Rupert Murdoch is deserved placed at No. 1 in the list of those whop control the media, and as I've tried to point out on here time and again over the past 6 years, the close relationship between people like Clarence Mitchell and the Prime Minister with Rupert Murdoch is no accident.

It explains very clearly how someone like Rebekah Brooks can click her fingers at the Prime Minister of the UK saying: "Set up an expensive Met Police charade on the Madeleine McCann case - or else!"

I think these bits of the article are especially important:


On the one hand, just five individual Billionaires in Britain get to control 80% what you read in printed media and on the other hand, just five Internet Service Providers get to control what 87% of people get to see on their devices. Both are heavily influenced by government. It is no wonder what the public think is a misinterpretation of the truth. In fact, so far from the truth, it is more a departure from reality. Propaganda works!

Owen Jones’s book, “
The Establishment and how they get away with it” focuses on how British democracy is threatened from within explained best by its own description;

“Behind our democracy lurks a powerful but unaccountable network of people who wield massive power and reap huge profits in the process...”


Jones makes a good point in highlighting “how the media controls Britain”…

These 5 people not only own 80% of the newspapers we read every day, they also own TV stations, press agencies, book companies, cinemas, so everything we think or speak about in Britain is nearly controlled entirely by these 5 men.

These are the men in control : Rupert Murdoch... [4 others]. None of these people live in Britain.

The leaders of our political parties are not the leaders of our country, they are basically rent boys for the 5 billionaires who decide everything.

However, behind the principle that the media in Britain has been highjacked by the vested interests of corporations such as Murdoch’a
News Corporation, a company that now ranks as the worlds fourth largest media company, there is a much more sinister side to how media and their messages are disseminated in Britain.

Essentially, to be a news or current affairs publisher you
must be registered as such with a government regulatory body. This is a despicable idea…


All this means that we should all view with suspicion a lady - Sonia Poulton - who professes to be making a documentary with dramatic revelations about the Madeleine McCann case - yet arranges a 2-page spread in Murdoch's Sun which hugely damages the McCann-sceptic cause, and then is found on Murdoch's SKY News sofa month after month



ETA: @ Kaz

I'm not at all sure you are right that people are slowly 'waking up'. The way I see it is that, gradually, more and more people are drifting off to sleep

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Post by kaz on 24.09.15 10:39

ETA: @ Kaz


I'm not at all sure you are right that people are slowly 'waking up'. The way I see it is that, gradually, more and more people are drifting off to sleep


I HOPE I'm right. When you consider the McCann saga alone , people are waking up to the fact that ( and I'm being kind here ) that things aren't quite what we're told. There's a huge ground swell of ordinary people actually starting to question the articles printed about them in the media and their little TV showcases. Witness the Amaral fund , the way that is growing. There ARE  lots of doubters out there. In my opinion Corbyn's rise is a part of this ................voters are beginning to say that they're sick of the whole set up and want something different, more accountable to the electorate. Even those who don't agree with Corbyn's policies took great delight in the government's discomfort when he was elected. There are lots of conspiracy sites out there worth a read .................and others total rubbish of course ..................but it's up to the surfer to discern . As for SP , you can't run with the hare and hunt with the hounds. Does she think we're stupid? But that's a dead giveaway isn't it? These people really DO  think  they're clever and that we ARE stupid. It'll be their downfall.

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Post by Tony Bennett on 24.09.15 11:02

@kaz wrote:ETA: @ Kaz

I'm not at all sure you are right that people are slowly 'waking up'. The way I see it is that, gradually, more and more people are drifting off to sleep


I HOPE I'm right. When you consider the McCann saga alone...
@ kaz

You make good points.

I would argue that your comments about Jeremy Corbyn are equally applicable to Nigel Farage, whose party got around 4 million votes at the General Election, but onkl has one MP. It is hardly extreme to want us to run our own country again. I think Corbyn tends to agree, rather like Tony Benn. Somehow, come the E.U. referendum, I can't see Corbyn leading a massive fight to keep us inside a failing, sclerotic and (for Britain) a very costly institution.

As for Madeleine, despite the valid points you make, the vast majority of people still say: 'They shouldn't have left them alone, that's why she was abducted'.

One day, sooner or later, the full tale - of how public perceptions about this case have been controlled from the off - will come out.

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Post by aquila on 24.09.15 14:54

Where is Farage? I haven't seen a single media article about him. I voted for his party. Where is he?

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Post by kaz on 24.09.15 16:26

@aquila wrote:Where is Farage? I haven't seen a single media article about him. I voted for his party. Where is he?

According to the DM today he's out and about hoping to win Labour votes. This being the DM , no mention of Tory votes coming his way.

Apropos of nothing really but I’ve just finished a book I fished out of our local  library yesterday written by an award winning Daily Mirror journalist. The book is billed as ‘the inside story of the al-Hilli murders ‘ ( the Iraqi family shot in France ) and attempts to find out what really happened.

On a side issue Madeleine McCann is mentioned in the book ( in the context of this being yet another mystery)  and the author does actually mention ‘the disappearance of’ rather than ‘the abduction of.’

I found it a frustratingly disappointing book and it’s hard easy to see that it was written by one of today’s top journalists . Basically he takes you through what we already know ………….sorry ………………have been told ……………………., interviews a few integral characters and comes to his conclusions.  Thoroughly frustrating because we, the readers, aren’t invited to study or question and form our own opinions. There are no diagrams showing the positions of the car or dead cyclist so that we could ascertain whether the cyclist or the family were the intended target. For example , was the cyclist in the layby or in the road ?  So what, you might ask but the point I’m trying to make is something TB alluded to in an earlier post. I thought people were ‘wakening up’ to media deception and manipulation. He thought not. I think we’re both right. Generally people these days don’t want to work things out for themselves, they just want others to do it for them and present it as a ‘fait accompli.’ This is classed as top notch journalism today.  Questioning the status quo takes time and energy but if an  alternative view is presented in bullet point fashion, the general public will  go along with it if it rings true. I think that’s where we are at the moment …………………………..hopefully getting ever nearer the ‘tipping point.’

Probably none of this makes any sense to anyone . Trouble is I know what I want to say  but it comes out all wrong!

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Post by Guest on 24.09.15 21:55

Noam Chomsky argued over twenty years ago that the corporate media are profit-driven institutions which tend to serve and further the agendas of the interests of dominant, elite groups in the society. (Nicked from Wiki).

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Post by Joss on 25.09.15 5:16

It's all about the money and the brainwashing of the masses IMO. Also the power games in who is going to control what, and human beings are very controlled in what they are allowed to do or not, and are just collateral damage in the ruling elite's mind. We are conditioned from the cradle to the grave, and are taught what to think and not how to think for ourselves and nothing much changes. It will take a lot for humanity to have a shift of consciousness to see all of that, but once it starts it will be unstoppable. And i think a lot of people are also seeing that the systems we have in place now no longer work for the people, and it is time for some real change or we risk becoming extinct on this planet if we can't evolve to a better potential for all people around this world. It's way overdue that we do something different and take back our own control of our own destinies, and only the people can do that, and its obvious we can't rely on someone else to do that for us, because we have seen the mess that makes for us globally with the endless wars etc. that have led us all to the brink of destruction. It really is a matter of 'where to from here'.

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how Brittains propaganda machine is used to control the masses

Post by willowthewisp on 25.09.15 14:03

Hi Joss and Kaz,
I think this may be relevant to your article, two stories from the BBC this week.
(1) Tesco robbery, the manager of a Tesco shop was being robbed and he alerted four police officers to the fact sat in a patrol car, they could not assist them as they did not have the "appropriate equipment with them" to tackle the event but phoned for assistance to the Tesco shop?
The four Police officers face charges in their role in this case, when questioned in court, three of the Police Officers gave their own version of events of what happened and denied the shop managers recollections of the event, the driver of the vehicle confirmed he had passed the message to Central control unit?
(2) Two student brothers protesting in London against the proposed student grants scenario were assaulted by Police officers by being beaten with batons around the head upper body, have won damages from the Metropolitan Police Service for false arrest?
This was finally proven by the students mother who obtained photographic evidence of the assault on her two sons by the Police Officers and the Prime Minister, Dodgy Dave making an assumption of the students guilt on National TV?
Was George Orwell right in his 1984 film/Book?
Update (1) 1 Officer dismissed immediately and 3 other officers had discipline actions taken against them for their part of the inactions they had failed in their duties as Police officers in the Tesco robbery?

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