Inside the Decider’s Head II
For a case study in incestuous amplification and a detailed description of how it infects an entire culture, watch this video, which first aired in 2007.
Phi Beta Iota: While a variation of various other information pathologies, this term of art, “incestuous amplification,” will now be added to the below list. It merits comment that in 1988 Col Mike Pheneger, USA, then J-2 of US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), exposed and complained officially about circular reporting and unattributed copying in Cuban orders of battle (OOB) and threat statements across the rather inept and unaccountable US civilian and military intelligence communities.
Censoring. Stephen R. Weissman, “Censoring American Diplomatic History,” American Historical Association, September 2011.
Democracy as Fascism. Sheldon Wolin, Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism. (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2010).
Fog Facts. Larry Beinhart, Fog Facts: Searching for Truth in the Land of Spin (New York, NY: Nation Books, 2006).
Forbidden Knowledge. Roger Shattuck, Forbidden Knowledge: From Prometheus to Pornography (New York, NY: Mariner Books, 1997)
Forgotten Knowledge. “US Forgets How To Make Trident Missiles,” Slashdot, 9 March 2009.
Lies. “The 935 Lies They Told Us About Iraq,” truthdig, 23 January 2008.
Lost History. Robert Parry, Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the Press & ‘Project Truth’ (Chicago, IL: Media Consortium, 1999)
Manufacturing Consent. Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky, Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (New York, NY: Pantheon, 2002 from 1988)
Missing Information. Bill McKibben, The Age of Missing Information (New York, NY: Random House, 2006).
Propaganda. Jacques Ellul, Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes (New York, NY: Vintage, 1973)
Rule by Secrecy. Jim Marrs, Rule by Secrecy: The Hidden History That Connects the Trilateral Commission, the Freemasons, and the Great Pyramids (New York, NY: William Morrow, 2001)
Weapons of Mass Deception. Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber, Weapons of Mass Deception: The Uses of Propaganda in Bush’s War on Iraq (New York, NY: Tarcher, 2003)
Weapons of Mass Instruction. John Taylor Gatto, Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher’s Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling (Gabriola, BC: New Society Publishers, 2010)