Aug 27, Philip rated it really liked it We consume journalistic opinions on contemporary events almost without realizing it, or perhaps we used to. We expect commentators to express their view, which we then absorb. We agree with it or differ and then move on, often to the next so-called analysis. Of course these views influence our thoughts, but we are critically aware, and accept that not everyone thinks as we do.
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It is the embodiment of dissent in a place intent on crushing it. Pilger has often quoted the German propagandist Leni Riefenstahl, whose films glorified the Nazis; on the "submissive void" in the German population that allowed her messages to take hold. Modern propaganda is promoted by these silences. The Australian case of Mamdoub Habib — who was released without charge in alleging horrendous atrocities while in the "care" of the US military — is just one example of this.
The treatment of David Hicks was another. For me, the most disturbing fact on re-reading Hidden Agendas is that history has taught us nothing. Remembering is not something those in "rapacious power" benefit from.
Pilger writes of the media during the Gulf War: "To report the real reasons why children are dying in Iraq, even to recognise the extent of their suffering, is to bracket Western governments with dictatorships and totalitarian regimes. Thus the victims become unmentionable. They become, wrote Mark Curtis, unpeople: human beings who impede the pursuit of high policy and whose rights, often lives, therefore become irrelevant.
As Unpeople, they are not news. Header image by Marta Parszeniew Tagged:.
Hidden Agendas-John Pilger
'Hidden Agendas' by John Pilger