By James F. Tracy
In the wake of World War I, erstwhile propagandist and political scientist Harold Lasswell famously defined propaganda as “the management of collective attitudes” and the “control over opinion” through “the manipulation of significant symbols”.
A case in point is the hysteria Western news media are attempting to create concerning the terrorist threat posed by the mercenary-terrorist army now being promoted as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, or “ISIS.”
A seemingly obvious feature of such terrorist forces left unexamined by corporate media is that they are comprised of the same or comparable personnel unleashed elsewhere in the Middle East as part of a strategy proposed during the George W. Bush administration in 2007.
ISIS is well-financed, militarily proficient, and equipped with modern vehicles and weaponry. It also exhibits an uncanny degree of media savvy in terms of propagating its message in professional-looking videos on platforms such as YouTube and Twitter.
The overt support of ISIS, combined with the fact that it is battling the same Syrian government the Obama administration sought to wage war against a year ago, strongly suggest the organisation’s sponsorship by Western intelligence and military interests.
ISIS’s curious features are readily apparent to non-Western news outlets and citizenries. Iran’s PressTV asked its readership, “Why does the ISIL have such easy access to Twitter, Youtube and other social media to propagate its ideologies?” The answer choices were; “1. Because the ISIL has very capable technicians who can best use social media, or 2. Because the US and Britain have provided the ISIL with unrestricted social media platform[s].” The first choice is the overarching assumption of Western media. Unsurprisingly, 90 percent of PressTV readers selected option two.
As is the case with today’s manufactured ISIS phenomenon, history was readily available, and its careful public examination might have implicated the United States intelligence community in the 9/11 attacks.
As the United States and world approach the thirteenth anniversary of the most momentous false flag in modern history, the American public would be well-served to remind itself that ISIS is the new Al Qaeda, in other words, the new pretext that will in all likelihood be used to take police state measures at home and military aggression abroad to new, perhaps unprecedented, levels.
The nation’s law enforcement agency is preoccupied with what it deems “domestic extremism”. A primary manifestation of such “extremism” is possessing the curiosity to discern and seek out truths and information amidst the barrage of manipulated symbols the government and corporate-controlled media use to undermine an informed public.
James F. Tracy was Associate Professor of Journalism and Media Studies at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton from 2002 to 2015. Tracy received his PhD from the University of Iowa. His work on media history, politics and culture has appeared in a wide variety of academic journals, edited volumes, and alternative news and opinion outlets. He hosts a weekly interview program, Real Politik, on TruthFrequencyRadio.com. Additional information at MemoryHoleBlog.com.
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