Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Get Ready For More Government Propaganda

But it will be called "weaponized narrative", and our enemies are making us do this:

A new project has been announced by Arizona State University’s Center on the Future of War and think tank New America. This collaboration has created a subset within ASU titled, “The Weaponized Narrative Initiative.” Two Co-directors, Brad Allenby and Joel Garreau, have penned a must-read opinion piece at Defense One, wherein they have employed the Orwellian catchphrase of “weaponized narrative” to replace what’s commonly known as propaganda.

The two authors center their piece with a premise of apocalyptic concern about foreign State actors and influence peddling, saying that “in the hands of professionals” the emotional techniques of narrative are a cornerstone of perception control over the target populace.

In the hands of professionals, the powerful emotions of anger and fear can be used to control adversaries, limit their options, and disrupt their functional capabilities.

Ironically their justifications for the U.S. government to make propaganda Mission #1 begin with two embedded links to dubious claims and outright falsehoods stemming from the discredited Washington Post promoting the idea that the Russians hacked the U.S. election and are supposedly employing a battery of alternative news outlets, to produce “fake news.”

You can read the rest @

And here is a link to the opinion piece itself:

My niece recently graduated from Barrett, the Honors College at ASU. In the brief exposure I had to the school, I decided it was at the forefront of destabilizing the existing social order in the US. This pitch for more government propaganda seems to be an affirmation that my decision was correct.

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