Monday, 10 November 2008

Andy Bowman and intellectual self-defence

"For those who stubbornly seek freedom around the world, there can be no more urgent task than to come to understand the mechanisms and practices of indoctrination. These are easy to perceive in the totalitarian societies, much less so in the propaganda system to which we are subjected and in which all too often we serve as unwilling or unwitting instruments."
Andy Bowman of Manchester University/the Mule/OpenMedia and lots of other things will be leading a workshop looking at how indoctrination works, how we absorb ideas and prejudices even if we think we have good analyses and political positions against them, and how we can develop mental tools for defending ourselves. How can we find reliable information and help each other produce more accurate pictures of how the world really works, in the face of the onslaught of the corporate media? Please come to this workshop prepared to share your experiences, ideas and successes!
For more information on these ideas, see this review of Free to be Human by David Edwards of MediaLens and Chomsky's own piece on 'Propaganda, American Style.'

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