Saturday, May 16, 2009

A handy guide to reading propaganda

In this case, BoRev.net has assembled a tutorial for reading the Washington Post's Juan Forero. It's really as easy as 1, 2, 3.

1. Ignore the headline as it is entirely worthless.

2. Be a critical reader - in this case, treat first two paragraphs with lots of skepticism (using whatever tools are at your disposal, including those Internet Toob Thingies).

3. Look for the hidden piece of information that contradicts the whole article - think of it as a text version of "Where's Waldo?".

Note that these tips can then be applied to other corporate media propagandists.

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