Media and War Propaganda: WW I and today

Friday September 23, 2005 – 7:30 p.m. at the Almonte United Church Social Hall

Speaker: Randal Marlin

Topic: Media and War Propaganda: WW I and today


It is now well-documented that British and American administrations were aware that Iraq had little if any capability of imminently threatening either country with weapons of mass destruction. The march to war was based on deceptions, foisted on the public by mostly uncritical and supportive mass media. How does it happen that those who engage in deceptive war propaganda are not brought to account? In this lecture a perspective is provided by looking briefly at two other famous
deceptions: the “corpse utilization factory” story of World War I.

Speaker’s Profile:

Randal Marlin has degrees in philosophy from Princeton (A.B.), McGill (M.A.) and Toronto (Ph.D.) and has taught at Carleton University since 1966, retiring in 2001. He continues to teach “Truth and Propaganda,” cross-listed with Mass Communications, and does research as an Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton. He is the author of “Propaganda and the Ethics of Persuasion”
(Broadview, 2002) and “The David Levine Affair” (Fernwood, 1998). A semi-retired community activist, he now devotes time and energy to community, environmental, and civil liberties issues.

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