Media Control in Democracy
Program #CHON069. Recorded in Boston, MA on November 09, 1991.
It is axiomatic that we have a free press and our adversaries have propaganda. Perhaps the distinctions are not so clear. In totalitarian systems the state-run media are viewed as largely irrelevant. Consumers of news in dictatorships readily recognize their media as organs of propaganda. However, in democratic societies where force is not a convenient option the problem of ensuring state domination of its citizenry is different. Since the truncheon is not available more subtle forms of manipulation and thought control are required to keep people in line. It is in this domain that the media perform their unique and crucial task in shaping, molding and managing public opinion.
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