Propaganda

A Brazen Vigilante Poster Campaign Is Targeting 'Racist' London Police

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK

A series of "counter-propaganda" posters popping up in London bus stops have accused the Met Police of racism and corruption. Strike! Magazine has ...

Russia Today UK Is Bad News - But Even Tyrants Have a Right to Free Speech

James Snell | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK
James Snell

Yes, RT is bad, but maybe by exposing its partisanship and the many flaws in its approach to a wider range of people, we might be able to defuse some of its negative potential. If our arguments for liberal democracy were not good enough to stand up to this sort of naked political manoeuvring, that is the point at which we should begin to worry.

10 Extreme Examples of Propaganda

AllTime10s | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Politics

Battles have been fought and cities have been built in the name of propaganda. From a fake invasion to a horribly homophobic film, these are some of t...

The Communist Manifesto: A Masterclass in Political Propaganda

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

Nonetheless, if you haven't read The Communist Manifesto and you're feeling a little bit rebellious, get yourself a Horlicks, snuggle up in your factory-manufactured duvet and enjoy this masterclass in revolutionary propaganda.

No Moral Nation Can Ally With Assad

James Snell | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Allying with Assad would be worse than poor strategy; it would be morally unacceptable to anyone with an ounce of decency, and to anyone with the slightest stake in identifying and punishing his crimes.

Heroes or Villains?: Comics as Extremist Propaganda

Tanya Silverman | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK
Tanya Silverman

n the battle of good vs evil there needs to be balance. For every extremist-made comic there should be one purporting an adventurous alternative. Dilbert's gags about expense reports just won't cut it.

Social Media's Propaganda War

Adam Benjamin | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Tech
Adam Benjamin

The validation of opinion, though, appears to have surpassed the pursuit of truth as a priority. Conversation recedes when up against the allure of wilfully ignorant point-scoring. How rich of us to hope for a diplomatic resolution in the Middle East.

Putin's Bad Language

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Cathal Sheerin

President Putin's confident geopolitical swagger seems at odds with Russia's recent, petty moves to choke the life out of language...

High-Protein Diets Are as Bad as Smoking? Ignore the Headlines, Stick to the Facts

Marek Doyle | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Marek Doyle

In one of the most shameless examples of propaganda seen in our generation, the mainstream media went into overdrive with the headlines screaming out that high-protein diets were 'as bad as smoking'. Nothing like sensationalism, eh?

Propaganda: An Idea Worth Spreading?

Rohini Bajekal | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK
Rohini Bajekal

At the talk, Trevor Beattie, responsible for French Connection's notorious FCUK advertising campaigns, remarked that the secret to success is being constantly curious, "we should be childlike but not childish and in a constant state of wonderment."

'Man of Steel' or the Second Coming of Christ?

Melkon Charchoglyan | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Melkon Charchoglyan

All in all the film is a less than successful attempt at the 'dark hero' genre, underlined with laughable Christian propaganda. The ponderous, loving, Plato-reading Clarke Kent comes across as an incomplete character, too simple for the grandiose task set by the director.

Open Letter to Greg Hands MP about Cyanide Mining in Romania

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Politics
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

Dear Mr Hands, I received an invitation to at dinner which is to take place next Thursday (20th June) at the House of Lords - at which you are billed...

Love Alive in Art: Love Under the Banner of Patriotism

Ana Tzarev | Posted 01.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ana Tzarev

Patriotic Love has touched my life in profound ways. I grew up in the shadow of a tremendous giant, the Second World War. My childhood was cast into its darkness; it was only through persistence that I survived and was able to bloom. It was Patriotic Love that took the lives of family members and friends, those who fought in battle and those who were lost as casualties.

Propaganda at the British Library

Bob Chaundy | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

The history of propaganda is just one aspect of the British Library's new exhibition entitled Propaganda: Power and Persuasion. In a series of six sections, it deploys some 200 exhibits - pamphlets, posters, ephemera such as coins and banknotes, quotations, film and interviews - to explore the different ways in which propaganda has been used.

The Chinese Education Problem: A Dispatch From Dalian

Justin Cash | Posted 21.04.2013 | UK
Justin Cash

Behind the allusion of achievement, Chinese children are quite literally being drilled to death. In 2011, a government report revealed suicide as the leading cause of death for those aged 15 to 34.

The Big Lie - David Cameron's Divide And Rule Strategy

Rob Atkinson | Posted 13.04.2013 | UK Politics
Rob Atkinson

The current government's presentation of its policies to tackle a massive public debt is an object lesson in the effective use of the Big Lie. Pathologically opposed to any measures which might unduly affect the "wealth-creating potential" of the better-off, they are nevertheless determined to make massive reductions in public expenditure, and have targeted the Welfare Budget as a potential source of great savings.

The Dogma of Advertising and Consumerism

Ziad Abu-Saud | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Ziad Abu-Saud

A common psychological principle used by advertisers is that repetition constitutes mental conditioning. Studies show that the more something is repeated to you, the more you will believe it.

2013 - Time to Change the Message

Mark Fletcher-Brown | Posted 27.02.2013 | UK Politics
Mark Fletcher-Brown

'We're all in it together' is, on the surface, an excellent message behind which to unite a country. It alludes to wartime life and suggests that we're all feeling the same pain. Of course, we're not and it doesn't appear to be working. Increasingly, it's being used as a stick with which to beat the government; every time a story shows that some are thriving whilst others suffer serves to defeat the message.

Art At War: 25 Paintings For Remembrance Day

The Huffington Post UK | Sam Parker | Posted 25.10.2012 | Home

Unlike many national events, Remembrance Day comes around each year with a quiet sort of dignity. No great fanfare, no build up and no complaints. ...

Propaganda, Good and Bad

Tom Doran | Posted 22.10.2012 | UK
Tom Doran

Some words are probably irretrievable. It would be a brave blogger who mounted a campaign for acceptable fascism or a kinder eugenics.

Andy Murray's Cry Fest and Why I Won't be Watching the Olympics

John Wight | Posted 07.09.2012 | UK Sport
John Wight

What is it about sport that produces such emotional scenes as Andy Murray's cry fest on the Centre Court at Wimbledon after losing the men's singles final to Roger Federer just past?

Emily James: Fighting the Power With Just Do It

Stephen Applebaum | Posted 27.08.2012 | UK Entertainment
Stephen Applebaum

Award-winning filmmaker Emily James's funny, informative and inspirational documentary Just Do It goes behind the scenes of climate activism in Britain to show a side of the issue largely missing from mainstream media. Initially released in cinemas, the film is now available to download/stream, or as a free Creative Commons version, at the Just Do It website.

Girls Military Propaganda Gone Wild

Ellen Grace Jones | Posted 30.05.2012 | UK Entertainment
Ellen Grace Jones

Hey girls! Been double-crossed by a lowdown, dirty, cheatin' man? Wipe away those tears honey and sign-up to Uncle Sam. The Military Industrial Complex Needs YOU!

How to Be Popular: Historical Tips for Leaders

Greg Jenner | Posted 21.05.2012 | UK Politics
Greg Jenner

Today, our politicians are rarely associated with philanthropy. Indeed, perhaps the most famous carer for the needy is the Manchester City footballer Mario Balotelli, who is renowned for driving around dishing out cash to random strangers.

Disability Benefits and Soggy Fireworks

Lisa Egan | Posted 25.04.2012 | UK Politics
Lisa Egan

I may not be the world's greatest numbers person, but I still understand enough economics to know that the financial crisis had nothing to do with disabled people claiming benefits. But when you're constantly under attack it grinds you down and really forces you to question your self-worth.