A powerful and timely investigation into the media's role in war, tracing the history of embedded and independent reporting from the carnage of World War One to the destruction of Hiroshima, and from the invasion of Vietnam to the current war in Afghanistan and disaster in Iraq.
As weapons and propaganda become even more sophisticated, the nature of war is developing into an electronic battlefield in which journalists play a key role, and civilians are the victims. But who is the real enemy?
John Pilger says in the film: "We journalists... have to be brave enough to defy those who seek our collusion in selling their latest bloody adventure in someone else's country...
That means always challenging the official story, however patriotic that story may appear, however seductive and insidious it is.
For propaganda relies on us in the media to aim its deceptions not at a far away country but at you at home...
In this age of endless imperial war, the lives of countless men, women and children depend on the truth or their blood is on us... Those whose job it is to keep the record straight ought to be the voice of people, not power."
Why We Fight describes the rise and maintenance of the United States military-industrial complex and its involvement in the wars led by the United States during the last fifty years, and in particular in the 2003 Invasion of Iraq.
The film alleges that in every decade since World War II, the American public has been told a lie to bring it into war to fuel the military-economic machine, which in turn maintains American dominance in the world.
It includes interviews with John McCain, Chalmers Johnson, Richard Perle, William Kristol, Gore Vidal and Joseph Cirincione.
The film also incorporates the stories of a Vietnam War veteran whose son died in the September 11, 2001 attacks and then had his son's name written on a bomb dropped on Iraq; a 23-year old New York man who enlists in the United States Army citing his financial troubles after his only family member died; and a former Vietnamese refugee who now develops explosives for the American military.
If wherever we encountered new information, sentence by sentence, frame by frame, we could easily know the best thinking on it. If we had confidence that this represented the combined wisdom of the most informed people--not as anointed by editors, but as weighed over time by our peers, objectively, statistically and transparently. If this created a powerful incentive for people to ensure that their works met a higher standard, and made it perceptibly harder to spread information that didn't meet that standard. These goals are possible with today's technologies. They are the objectives of Hypothes.is.
The Unexpected Origins of the Social Security Act of 1935
The Corporate Community
Pension Fund Capitalism
Opposition to the Power Structure
1. news stories selected by editoralist who are themselves selected by their opinions Orwell Rolls in his Grave (Full 3HR Documentary)
four types of news obfuscation:
hiding from the press
impression management - public relations - public information - public affairs [ control the image by the limited release of information ] - but show up to the press/public
transparency and openess - power takes the risk of opening its book - using the same information it uses to understand itself [ release and de-control information ]
under-scrutinized - rarely look right at - secrecy by complexity - power eludes scrutiny and accountability by making it impossible to figure out what is happening in a large and complex system [ hiding in plain sight - collapse of the financial system ]
Jay Rosen: How the News is Made Now
how the earliest of media technology changed the way opinions and laws were made.
due to journalist and their sources being accountable for violation of various American laws.. significant journalism to the life in America is now first published abroad.. like to wikileaks.. where then the journalists may be free from legal persecution from American laws from releasing news.
"It wasn't on the table because others are funded to do that," he says, noting that no Bayer funds were used on the new study.
Bromenshenk vociferously denies that receiving funding from Bayer (to study bee pollination of onions) had anything to do with his decision to withdraw from the plaintiff's side in the litigation against Bayer.
"We got no money from Bayer," he says. "We did no work for Bayer; Bayer was sending us warning letters by lawyers."
Media Reform Information Center In 2004, Bagdikian's revised and expanded book, The New Media Monopoly, shows that only 5 huge corporations -- Time Warner, Disney, Murdoch's News Corporation, Bertelsmann of Germany, and Viacom (formerly CBS) -- now control most of the media industry in the U.S. General Electric's NBC is a close sixth.
Time Warner Home Box Office (HBO) Time Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. CW Network (partial ownership) TMZ New Line Cinema Time Warner Cable Cinemax Cartoon Network TBS TNT America Online MapQuest Moviefone Castle Rock Sports Illustrated Fortune Marie Claire People Magazine
Walt Disney ABC Television Network Disney Publishing ESPN Inc. Disney Channel SOAPnet A&E Lifetime Buena Vista Home Entertainment Buena Vista Theatrical Productions Buena Vista Records Disney Records Hollywood Records Miramax Films Touchstone Pictures Walt Disney Pictures Pixar Animation Studios Buena Vista Games Hyperion Books
Viacom Paramount Pictures Paramount Home Entertainment Black Entertainment Television (BET) Comedy Central Country Music Television (CMT) Logo MTV MTV Canada MTV2 Nick Magazine Nick at Nite Nick Jr. Nickelodeon Noggin Spike TV The Movie Channel TV Land VH1
News Corporation Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Fox Television Stations The New York Post Fox Searchlight Pictures Beliefnet Fox Business Network Fox Kids Europe Fox News Channel Fox Sports Net Fox Television Network FX My Network TV MySpace News Limited News Phoenix InfoNews Channel Phoenix Movies Channel Sky PerfecTV Speed Channel STAR TV India STAR TV Taiwan STAR World Times Higher Education Supplement Magazine Times Literary Supplement Magazine Times of London 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment 20th Century Fox International 20th Century Fox Studios 20th Century Fox Television BSkyB DIRECTV The Wall Street Journal Fox Broadcasting Company Fox Interactive Media FOXTEL HarperCollins Publishers The National Geographic Channel National Rugby League News Interactive News Outdoor Radio Veronica ReganBooks Sky Italia Sky Radio Denmark Sky Radio Germany Sky Radio Netherlands STAR Zondervan
CBS Corporation CBS News CBS Sports CBS Television Network CNET Showtime TV.com CBS Radio Inc. (130 stations) CBS Consumer Products CBS Outdoor CW Network (50% ownership) Infinity Broadcasting Simon & Schuster (Pocket Books, Scribner) Westwood One Radio Network
NBC Universal Bravo CNBC NBC News MSNBC NBC Sports NBC Television Network Oxygen SciFi Magazine Syfy (Sci Fi Channel) Telemundo USA Network Weather Channel Focus Features NBC Universal Television Distribution NBC Universal Television Studio Paxson Communications (partial ownership) Trio Universal Parks & Resorts Universal Pictures Universal Studio Home Video
All of us have some sort of "philosophy of life," even though we may not have verbalized it. Here you can get ideas for your own philosophy of life. You can see what others think of your own philosophical ideas, and you can help others to become clearer in their own thinking.
When there is difference of opinion, we have an opportunity for "friendly debate," a very growth-promoting experience.