Western propaganda about the despicable Communist hordes during the first Cold War was a no-brainer. There was no Internet; the Russian language was understood by no one but a few pundits, who used their skills to pick detached sentences from Russian media out of context to create the correct misimpression. The demonization went on as if Stalin never died.
Today it’s hard to even fathom such a propaganda-friendly environment. Technology has change the world radically. Now the Internet is a potent tool for enlightened, intelligent progressives to reach out to interested listeners and viewers globally. Measured against all the fact-based and rational information online, much of mainstream media products appear as propagandist demagoguery.
It’s hardly surprising that our self-sufficient media have painted a picture in which “fake news” and “disinformation” are characteristic of the Internet. They find the claim easy to “prove” by citing some knuckleheads or conspiracy theorists, of which there certainly are a few. (Spam is everywhere but is easily disclosed even by young teenagers.)
But the real purpose of defaming Internet is the threat from innumerable, informative sites, often free of charge at that. Already the media carriers – printed paper and fixed TV schedules – are rapidly becoming outdated. The young generation stick to their laptops for most of their communication and media consumption. What already has started to happen is that corporations move their advertising from the old to the new media, which will increase the pressure on newspapers and old-time television.
It could seem as if traditional media have the upper hand in the combat against dissident truths. People tend to believe the same old faces, backed by huge recourses with which to produce impressive presentations – on the surface. And some people certainly are sincere conservatives, though often against their own real interests.
But when corporate media slowly is pressured into the Internet world the level field may perhaps be leveled for the dissident sources. Propaganda lies don’t live forever and truths can’t be suppressed forever. Progressives just have to keep on working and never give up. Enlightenment, knowledge and truths will prevail, though it may take some time.
It took the Catholic Church 400 years to accept Galilei’s description of the solar system. Our corporate, conservative careerists are not that persevering. We just have to keep on grinding to separate the truths from the lies.