Wednesday, September 21, 2011

1989 Definition of Censorship

From the 1989 edition of the "International Dictionary of Communications" there is a definition for censorship. I thought it would be interesting to see what it lists censorship as then:

Bureaucratic-ideological regimes. One example of the bureaucratic-ideological model is the Soviet Union immediately after the 1917 revolution. V. I. Lenin advised the Communist press to "learn, organize, propagandize". He viewed the press as "a powerful less dangerous than bombs and machine guns"

It goes onto say something interesting, that is seen quite often, especially in regards to those such as Ron Paul, who threaten the establishment:

A person of literary or scientific reputation who becomes persona non grata is never to be mentioned in a positive manner. However, the existence of such persons, the subject of their work, and criticism of that work are permitted.

Lastly, written only 4 years after the date of the infamous book that we've been living in more, and more each day, "1984", it states that:
Thus the authorities have access to information unavailable to the public - a sophisticated device to maintain control over the society. The system creates a privileged class of persons who are better informed and who frequently enjoy higher social status. 

Finally it states that that there "is [a] close link between propaganda and repression".

Well, that link has never been closer. The propaganda is on big time, and as Hillary Clinton said, the U.S. is losing the info war. She also said that that the U.S. needs to step up it's "propaganda" effort, especially through new media, such as Twitter, and Facebook, and that the U.S. needs to "get back in the game of doing what we do best".

So Hillary Clinton essentially wants to get the U.S. on a repressive fast track, and get back to "doing what [they] do best" and attack liberty.

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