idonno wrote:I have now read manufacturing consent and my questions have not changed. In fact, it is my opinion that the issues discussed in that book back up my questions.
1.3 acknowledges that it is more expensive to report if you don’t just take information from sources which are presumed credible and explains how the government currently takes advantage of this to provide their version of “credible” information to the media
So the question to ask here is what information is available? Where is the false information coming from? Where can you get good information? As for it being more expensive, keep in mind that Manufacturing Consent was written in 1988 when people were being served by daily newspapers and we didn't have the internet. The dynamics have changed significantly here.
So with Venezuela, if you are on social media, you can post links to coverage from Democracy Now. If someone is talking about Maduro and the failed socialist policies, link them to a website like FAIR:
https://fair.org/home/venezuela-coverag ... n-america/
The second thing that needs to be done here is that the articles on the topics need to be put into a database, summarized, and analyzed. Academics need to put together research showing how this misinformation spreads. The public needs to be informed, and activists on social media need to push back against the narratives. The more data we have, and the more clearly we can lay it out, the fewer people it will affect. The first goal is to try and insulate progressives from the propaganda itself.
idonno wrote:1.2 Blatantly points out massive issues caused by using advertisers for revenue.
It is not simply a question of whether advertisers corrupt, it's a question of whether those advertisements result in a conflict of interest. If you have a foreign policy journal, for example, then advertising for entertainment is not going to be a problem. This is less of a problem with cooperatively owned media as well, because the people who run it represent the people who want to be informed rather than the people want to profit.
I hope I've given you enough of a starting point to understand the problem.