MISINFORMATION. Seen from the East
Seen from the East
Publishing House: PRO Publishing and Printing House, 2007
Author: Vladimir Volkoff.
Ever since the introduction, the author draws the attention that: "The present work aims at being mainly a critical analysis of the book The manipulation of conscience written by the great political scientist Serghei Kara-Murza," who said that "misinformation is not a creation of the Russians, but the adaptation of advertising techniques to politics, whose homeland is of course the West since the Soviet world has never met the advertising domain."
Considered to be one of the most talented and brave analysts of misinformation, a councilor to the French secret services in his book "A treaty of misinformation;" Volcoff, introduces us into a world where nothing is what appears to be. Intoxication, abuses, distorted meanings, the lack of qualm, corruption and numerous examples are the subject of this book.
Misinformation seen from the East has nine chapters. In the first chapter entitled: Manipulation and misinformation, the author assures us that the manipulation of the public opinion, of the conscience as Kara-Murza says, is not something new; from Demostene until the present time when "what is politically correct today can become wrong tomorrow, and there will be another politically correct to whom you will always be a prisoner."
In the second chapter is defined misinformation, both by the author and by Kara- Murza and gets to the conclusion that sometimes, misinformation is just another way of diverting attention.
Misinformation and power are discussed in the next chapter, by saying that nowadays there is no power without information, but there is no power without misinformation either.
The next chapter (IV), about misinformation and language, clarifies the position and the power of word in the manipulation of conscience, when words do not have their own meaning but the meaning that they are given according to the requirements of the moment. Kara-Murza identifies two languages: an "indigenous" one and another one created by the industrial society, a language that is adopted by the industrial society, the language that is "correct", taught by professional from the newspapers, on the radio or on TV.
Historical views on misinformation, from the next chapter, refers to the different examples from the history which had a manipulating purpose but also refers to the fact that man has not always been misinformed.
Misinformation techniques that aim at attacking consciences include the following processes: word, number, repetition, rumor, clich's and images.
In the 7th chapter the author wonders "what is it to be done?" and admits the fact that man possesses a defense network which he could use much better than he does at present.
Kara-Murza and I, the last chapter refers to the fact that although the two start from different hypotheses, they reach approximately similar conclusions concerning misinformation. Misinformation is a means of domination, it produces an imaginary world but there are certain antidotes against it.
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