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Created: October 9, 2001
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The Problem of Disinformation

Journal entry by jeanne

Copyright: Jeanne Curran and Susan R. Takata and Individual Authors: October 2001.
"Fair use" encouraged.

This file is based on several recent sources: PSN, ZNet, regular media discussions, and books such as:

  • You Are Being Lied To: The Disinformation Guide To Media Distortion, Historical Whitewashes & Cultural Myths by Russ Kick (Editor). I'm bringing in my copy of this during Week 7. Be sure to see it if it interests you. Available at for $14. jeanne

    disinformation Left prespective, critical theory perspective website.

    Most of the people raising these issues are going to be coming from a left perspective. That's because we have a right perspective administration now, and these are critical issues, issues that point out what is not working in the system to produce social justice and fairness. Recall that the right perspective, because it resists change and endorses the status quo, uses the apologetic approach, which admits that all is not perfect, but claims that we're doing the best possible, given the structural context.

    For more on the use of rhetoric in place of reasoned argument refer to Hirschman's The Rhetoric of Reaction. This is a good example of someone applying a theory to a practical problem. You might want to nag me to put up a more basic review of Hirschman's book. You might look at The Conservative, Liberal, Radical Dilemma, but a basic review of the book's thesis needs to go up. jeanne October 9, 2001.

    More soon . . .