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  •  I Hooked Onto The "Psychological Warfare" Theme (2+ / 0-)
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    highacidity, ballerina X

    It was late and that's how my mind was working.  And simply being disruptive of opponents is an important PSYOPS technique.  

    But while I'm here, let me recommend the book Psychological Warfare (1948) by Linebarger.  It is a serious analysis of how PSYOPS was used very differently by the various countries in WW2, and the difficulty of influencing people across cultural lines.  By the time you're done reading it you realize  that the US forgot a lot of valuable lessons, but the Fox News really sucks at what they try to do, and Al Jazeera has the smartest people in charge.

    •  Did you know he was also Cordwainer Smith? (2+ / 0-)
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      Ray Pensador, highacidity


      Cordwainer Smith (pronounced CORDwainer)[1] was the pseudonym used by American author Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger (July 11, 1913 – August 6, 1966) for his science fiction works. Linebarger was a noted East Asia scholar and expert in psychological warfare. ("Cordwainer" is an archaic word for "A worker in cordwain or cordovan leather; a shoemaker",[2] and a "smith" is "One who works in iron or other metals; esp. a blacksmith or farrier":[2] two kinds of skilled workers with traditional materials.)

      Linebarger also employed the literary pseudonyms "Carmichael Smith" (for his political thriller Atomsk), "Anthony Bearden" (for his poetry) and "Felix C. Forrest" (for the novels Ria and Carola).

      If it's
      Not your body,
      Then it's
      Not your choice
      And it's
      None of your damn business!

      by TheOtherMaven on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 12:40:03 PM PDT

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      •  Someone Mentions His Bio On Amazon (1+ / 0-)
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        it really is a worthwhile book, one of those studies that got published right after WW2 by someone with fresh memories of the events, and then we promptly forgot all the lessons we should have learned and made part of our culture.

        Here's a couple quotes of him that I use a lot

        ".....the propaganda addict...see in everything its propaganda content and nothing else....Everything is for or against him. nothing is innocent, nothing is pleasurable, everything is connected with his diseased apprehension of power. Before he gets power, he hates the people who have power; he does not trust their intelligence... personalities... good will...or motives. They must be scum because.... he the propaganda infatuated man...should hold it."
        -Psychological Warfare, Linebarger, 1948
        Huey Long attributed to the newspapers a large numbers of lies that (the newspapers did not actually -ed) print, along with the "lies" (which were in historical fact true) that they did actually print ......since most of Long's followers either boycotted the press or read it in a hostile frame of mind, they never found out whether the newspaper said it or not......the listener will be so busy scoffing at what the paper allegedly said that he will take no time to find out whether the paper did say it or not. Such attributions occur in everyday life; the smart propagandist attributes plenty of rich, ripe, silly quotations to his opponent.
         -Linebarger, Psychological Warfare (1948)

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