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Media fallacies section

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• "Welfare is a luxury we can't afford" >
• "Crime is spiralling" >
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• "Dissenters are out of touch" >
• "Britain has a flexible labour market" >
• "Living standards are increasing for all" >
• "Business leaders are visionaries" >
• "Sick-note culture harms the economy" >
• "This is a free market economy" >
• "Jobs give people respect" >
• "Britain has lower unemployment than Germany" (1997) >
• "Sweden's soft social-welfare economy was doomed to fail" >
• "People enjoy their jobs" >
• "Hard work never harmed anyone" >
• "Lowest unemployment in 30 years" >
• "Our healthy economy benefits us all" >
• "Britain is doing better than Europe" >
• "We have increased leisure time" >
• "The New Deal has been a success" >
• Fallacies about jobs and poverty >
• Other economic contradictions in the media >

Media horseshit section

• Media horseshit or toxic slime? >

• Grey areas >
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• Contacting journalists & editors >
• BBC political editor's praise for Tony Blair >
• Establishment TV >
• "Flexible" jobs >
• Tabloid media wrath over Brass Eye >
• Bible-based free market economics >
• The future of work as previously predicted >
• Signs of the times – a horseshit medley >
• Poverty & work >
• Unsupported media generalisations >
• Wage slavery TV >
• Web content goes mainstream >
• Bush is the Antichrist says Pope >
• Quotes on media-related horseshit >

Toxic slime section

• PR, spin, propaganda >

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• Benign propaganda >
• Laughter is the best dissent >
• Iraq "liberated" propaganda >
• The Mickey Mouse theories of neocons >
• God and Tony Blair >
• Greg Palast on "dependent" media >
• Critical studies of media on Iraq >
• Working from home – where's the media coverage? >
• Success of France's 35hr week censored >
• Work 'til you drop – the media on work >
• "Fuel tax revolt" propaganda >
• Advertising censorship >
• BBC deal to "not criticise" UK government >
• The BBC and MI5 >
• "Pioneering" business leaders >

Fear hype section

• Functions of media scaremongering >

• Scary crime headlines >
• BBC admits error >
• The mythical Golden Age >
• Antisocial behaviour >
• Tony Blair's grandmother >
• Fear of terror >
• Scrapping Magna Carta >
• Official crime figures >
• BBC's misleading crime headlines >
• BBC upholds our complaint >
• Media(fear)-free zones >
• Consumer-anxiety system >
• Knife crime hysteria >
• "Yob" hype – media myths on antisocial behaviour >
• Comparative risk of media-hyped threats >
• Recycled terrorism hysteria >
• Media fearmongering on food >
• Media as anxiety-inducer >

'What the world wants' section

Intro: 'What the world wants' project >
1. Eliminate Starvation and Malnourishment >
2. Provide Health Care & AIDS Control >
3. Provide Shelter >
4. Provide Clean Safe Water >
5. Eliminate Illiteracy >
6. Provide Clean, Safe Energy: Efficiency >
7. Provide Clean, Safe Energy: Renewables >

8. Retire Developing Nations Debt >
9. Stabilize Population >
10. Prevent Soil Erosion >
11. Stop Deforestation >
12. Stop Ozone Depletion >
13. Prevent Acid Rain >
14. Prevent Global Warming >
15. Remove Landmines >
16. Refugee Relief >
17. Eliminating Nuclear Weapons >
18. Build Democracy >

War hell section

This section is incomplete – more to come soon
• Media coverage of war >

• Body counts & mortality estimates > (coming soon)
• Semantics of war > (coming soon)
• "Peaceful" nations > (coming soon)
• War/media resources > (coming soon)
• War fallacies > (coming soon)
• War-related horseshit > (coming soon)
• War-related toxic slime > (coming soon)
• War & fear hype > (coming soon)
• Antiwar campaigns > (coming soon)
• Iraq war disinformation >
• Early Iraqi death counts >
• Iraq "liberated" propaganda >
• War logic >
• Illegal war >
• Jack Straw's pre-war verdict on Iraq >
• Iraq memory hole >
• Media misrepresentation of Hans Blix >
• BBC admits mistakes in Iraq coverage >
• War criminals & lawsuits >
• Slanted Iraq war coverage >

Resources section

• Letters to newspapers (email addresses) >

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• Examples of our published letters >
• Examples of dialogues with journalists >
• Common logical fallacies >(coming soon)
• Useful quotes >
• Types of semantic propaganda >
• Comparative risk of media-hyped threats >
• Comparative cost of media-hyped expenditures >
• Alternative economics primer >
• Undoing media myths about jobs >
• Official crime figures summaries 2000-2007>
• Crime section menu >
• What the world wants >

Articles section

• Media scaremongering – TV and newspaper reports present scaremongering government propaganda as reality.

• Controlled by words Certain words function as social control-mechanisms. You can easily identify them...
• Naivety TV – Has TV news disappeared up its own "sophisticated" backside? We pose some big, "naive", childlike questions.
• Media-free zones – Avoiding the media to keep your sanity. Plus "The Word as virus".
• How to stupidise people – and how to prevent yourself from being stupidised!
• Media fearmongering on food – The endless TV and newspaper scare stories about the dangers of various foods.
• The risk of things – Compares the likely risk of various threats/dangers. An antidote to some media myths.
• The cost of things – Compares big expenditures, and finds that (for example) welfare spending isn't the biggest drain on the economy (despite media claims).
• Coercion with a smile – Friendly "persuasion" or Orwellian doublespeak? – The coercive tricks of corporate/government PR.
• 6,000 years of antisocial behaviour – Puts the current media scare over "yobs" into perspective. Includes some great quotes from the distant past about moral decline.
• Semantic propaganda – How to defend yourself against the cognitive-semantic propaganda which masquerades as "news" and political "reporting".
• Tyranny of words – Chapter excerpted from Stuart Chase's 1938 book, The Tyranny of Words.
• Media as anxiety-inducer – Keeping the public in a state of perpetual anxiety serves powerful vested interests.
• The rat race – The media's respectable picture of the corporate workplace contains a dark flipside.
• Household debt & bank rip-offs – How banks profit from the poor, the low-paid and the financially desperate. The bits left out by the mainstream media.
• Work Hell – Exposes media fallacies about work. Useful facts & figures.
• Obsolete free-market metaphors – The "free" market seems like another media myth. Or an outdated metaphor.
• The end of work – 75% of work can be automated (which could be a good thing).
• Anti-perspectivism – How ruling authorities depend on "absolute truths" to control people. And how they misrepresent "relativism".
• Consumer-anxiety system – How our economy depends on consumer anxiety (which is fuelled by media scaremongering).
• Compulsory education? – TV/newspaper reporters rarely tackle the deeper questions about our education system.
• Alternative economics – The media assumes a capitalism/socialism dichotomy. We provide a primer on other alternatives.

Crime section

• BBC's misleading crime headlines >
• BBC upholds our complaint on crime coverage >

• Dialogue with BBC's Mark Easton >
• The "crime is spiralling" fallacy >
• The "violence is spiralling" fallacy >

• Police figures vs British Crime Survey (BCS) >
• Latest annual crime figures (July 2006) >
• Latest quarterly crime figures (January 2007) >
• Annual crime figures (July 2005) >
• Annual crime figures (July 2004) >

• British Crime Survey (October 2000) >
• Violent Crime Overview (January 2006) >
• "Yob" crime – media myths on antisocial behaviour >
• Comparative risk of media-hyped threats >

• The mythical Golden Age >

Letters to newspapers section

• Newspaper Email Addresses >
• Crafty Multiple Mailings >
• How to be Published >

• Why bother? >
• Examples of our published letters >



 
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