Articles about Media Literacy
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"Meritocracy" as Propaganda Lie and False Assumption
I witnessed this bumper sticker, decked out in bright red, white, and blue lettering, attached to the post holding my neighbors’ mailbox this week as I walked my dogs during...
The Importance of Thinking Beyond Your Bubble
A few days after Paris Terrorist attacks, I’m in the pub with some friends and colleagues and I’m in conversation with someone about the attacks. Her response was very much...
"Me" Culture
We are what we buy at the mall, see at the multiplex, and hear on our iPods. Author Thomas De Zengotita discusses our new "Mediated" life.
Why We Should Use 'Daesh' - Not 'Islamic State' or 'ISIS'
In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, the world has woken up to the threat that the ‘self-proclaimed Islamic State’ poses to the Western world. Among other things, it...
Western Ally Saudi Arabia Sentenced a Palestinian Poet to Death for Renouncing Islam
Ashraf Fayadh was sentenced to death for apostasy, joining a long list of dissidents facing capital punishment
Paris Is Being Used to Justify Agendas That Had Nothing to Do With the Attack
The Paris attackers weren’t Syrian, and they didn’t use encryption, but the US government is still using the carnage to justify attempts to ban them both
Decoding Daesh: Why Is the New Name for ISIS so Hard to Understand?
Arabic translator Alice Guthrie investigates 'Daesh', the new name for ISIS recently adopted by several world leaders because it delegitimises the group's activities. But how...
Why Our Conversations About Paris Have Been Broken From the Start
The rush to fit the horrors of Paris into convenient neo-imperial narratives shows a disturbing lack of empathy
5 Stories the Media Missed While Obsessing Over the #Starbucksredcup
When billionaire presidential hopeful Donald Trump inexplicably decided this week that boycotting Starbucks over the ‘de-Christmas-ization’ of their ubiquitous red holiday...
I Am Ashamed to Call Myself a Journalist
On Saturday 31st October, at 1.30am, my 22-year-old eldest daughter Polly was killed when she lost control of the car she was driving and hit a tree. She was alone in her VW...
Indonesia Is Burning, The World Is Looking Away
In the greatest environmental disaster of the 21st Century (so far), Indonesia has been blotted out by smoke. And the media.
The Soviet Union Versus Socialism
When the world's two great propaganda systems agree on some doctrine, it requires some intellectual effort to escape its shackles. One such doctrine is that the society...
"Arabian Street Artists" Bomb Homeland: Why We Hacked an Award-Winning Series
Homeland is racist (photo courtesy of Showtime) What’s wrong with Homeland’s political message? The very first season of “Homeland” explained to the American public that Al...
6 Reasons Sanders Actually Won the Debate Despite What Pundits Claim
Bernie Sanders crushed the debates by every measurable indicator except one: pundits’ opinion.
Missing From Presidents' Day: the People They Enslaved
Schools across the country are adorned with posters of the 44 U.S. presidents and the years they served in office. U.S. history textbooks describe the accomplishments and...
Time to Abolish Columbus Day
Once again this year many schools will pause to commemorate Christopher Columbus. Given everything we know about who Columbus was and what he launched in the Americas, this...
How to Spy the 9/11 Lie
A recent book written by veteran CIA officers describes how deception can be identified by simple observational techniques. In Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to...
Wikileaks Exposes Secret Deal to Get Saudi Arabia on UN Human Rights Council
Two years after the controversial appointment of Saudi Arabia to the UN Human Rights Council, leaked diplomatic cables have revealed the UK was a key player in the election of...
Time to Reframe the Old Narratives About Race in America
Toxic ideas about people of color can be hard to shake, but looking at those ideas from a different perspective reveals positive truths.
Wikileaks vs. the Empire: the Revolutionary Act of Telling the Truth
George Orwell said, “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” These are dark times, in which the propaganda of deceit touches all our lives...
The Refugee Crisis: Beware the Drums of War
While the refugee crisis is being debated, pundits have used the crisis to plead for and justify new wars, and war plans are already being announced.
Frankie Boyle on #PigGate - Not even in the top ten worst things Cameron has done
Thinking of a joke after the masses have trampled a subject is a bit like looking for your contact lenses just after the Battle of Agincourt. It seems that everyone’s a...
What "Taking the Country Back" Means for the Rest of Us
I’ve been really angry and depressed for the last few months. I’ve finally pieced together why. I’m afraid. I’m not afraid of teenagers building clocks. I’m not afraid of...
Six Easy Ways to Tell If That Viral Story Is a Hoax
“And so it begins … ISIS flag among refugees in Germany fighting the police,” blared the headline on the Conservative Post; “with this new leaked picture, everything seems...
A Rejoinder on "The Sanders Paradox"
When CounterPunch published my essay “The Sanders Paradox: A Brief for Bernie” two weeks ago, I was hoping that it would trigger constructive, spirited discussion and debate...
Ignoring the Cause of Welfare: Not Laziness but Low Wages
Numerous US media outlets recently uncritically echoed a methodologically flawed report by an anti-immigration organization with ties to white supremacist groups...
What 'The Wall Street Journal' Gets Totally Wrong About Bernie Sanders' Agenda
 The Journal wants to shock and awe voters with big numbers, but Sanders’s proposals would save America big bucks.
The Whiting of Euro-Americans: A Divide and Conquer Strategy
In 1670, the Virginia assembly, comprising some of the colony’s most successful and powerful men, forbade free Negroes and Indians to own Christian (that is to say, white)...
How to Disagree
The web is turning writing into a conversation. Twenty years ago, writers wrote and readers read. The web lets readers respond, and increasingly they do—in comment threads, on...
Occupation, Schmoccupation: And Propaganda Shall Cover For Everything (Except the Ugly Truth)
As part of Israel's ongoing and desperate PR campaign to counter opposition and prove it has justice on its side, The Yesha Council, a settlers' organization in the West Bank...
History Professor Denies Native Genocide: Native Student Disagreed, Then Says Professor Expelled Her From Course
A Cal State Sacramento University professor who allegedly told his United States History class he did not like the term ‘genocide’ in relation to Native Americans in history...
Notorious Climate Skeptic Rupert Murdoch Just Bought National Geographic
Publication that gives grants to scientists goes from non-profit to for-profit under Fox umbrella.
5 Facts Exposing the Media's Lies about Police Shootings
#2. Bartending is far more dangerous than being a police officer.
These Are Words Scholars Should No Longer Use to Describe Slavery and the Civil War
Let’s face it: a new generation of scholarship has changed the way we understand American history, particularly slavery, capitalism, and the Civil War. Our language should...
Not Quite All Things Considered: Why the Mainstream Media Discounts Bernie Sanders
Recently, on All Things Considered—you know, that bastion of liberal media—Mara Liasson, talking about the prospect of Joe Biden running for President said: There are many...
Noam Chomsky: The Kind of Anarchism I Believe In, and What's Wrong with Libertarians
"Anarcho-syndicalism is a conception of a very organized society, but organized from below by direct participation at every level, with as little control and domination as is...
9/11, Conspiracy Theory, and Bullshit Mongers
I get trolled a lot these days by people with all sorts of ideological beef. It gets old, fast. 9/11 and 7/7 conspiracy theorists who believe that governments "did" 9/11 and...
Noam Chomsky Has 'Never Seen Anything Like This'
Noam Chomsky is America’s greatest intellectual. His massive body of work, which includes nearly 100 books, has for decades deflated and exposed the lies of the power elite...
Why Al Jazeera Will Not Say Mediterranean 'Migrants'
The word migrant has become a largely inaccurate umbrella term for this complex story.
"You Grow Up Wanting to Be Luke Skywalker, Then Realize You've Become a Stormtrooper for the Empire"
Read this shocking account of how U.S. Iraq War veterans had their 9/11 patriotism crushed & replaced with something far more alarming… Someone asked: How do you Americans...
What Happens When You Post Nazi Propaganda about Migrants in the Daily Mail Comments Section?
Over the past couple of weeks, @DMReporter and I (@BestoftheMail) have been getting more and more aghast by the tone of some of the coverage of the migration in Europe. This is...
My Outrage Is Better Than Your Outrage
Even when a dentist kills an adored lion, and everyone is furious, there’s loftier righteousness to be had.
Exxon Knew of Climate Change in 1981, Email Says - but It Funded Deniers for 27 More Years
Over the years, Exxon spent more than $30m on think-tanks and researchers that promoted climate denial.
Reflections on Privilege Theory: Why I'm Looking For a Better Way to Communicate This Idea
What privilege theory describes is undeniably true. And the facts and perspectives that privilege theory attempts to illuminate remains an essential aspect of education that...
10 Compelling Reasons You Can Never Trust The Mainstream Media
A poll in 2012 showed that trust in the mainstream media is increasing, which should worry all of us who value truth, integrity and press freedom. However, a recently released...
5 Of The Best Subvertising Campaigns
Subvertising: noun, the practice of making parodies of corporate and political advertisements in order to make an alternative statement.
What Is White Supremacy?
White Supremacy is an historically based, institutionally perpetuated system of exploitation and oppression of continents, nations, and peoples of color by white peoples and...
Top 10 Feel Good Stories From Positive News
For 22 years Positive News has pioneered solutions-based journalism. As they get ready to hand ownership to their readers and journalists with the launch of their community...
How to Steal from the Taxpayers While Blaming the Poor
It's a vicious circle of hypocrisy: Americans dependent on the safety net are urged to "get a job" by the same free-market system that pays them too little to avoid being...
9 Quotes from John Pilger on Media and Power
"The whole essence of media is not about information. It’s about power.” “Today the media is, as the father of propaganda, Edward Bernays described, ‘an invisible...