You are Being Lied To: The Disinformation Guide to Media Distortion, Historical Whitewashes, and Cultural Myths by Russ KickYou Are Being Lied To is a massive collection of articles that ruthlessly destroy the distortions, myths, and outright lies that are fed to us by the government, the media, corporations, history books, organized religion, science and medicine, and society in general. No one is spared, and all sacred cows are candidates for the grinder.
Do you believe any of the following?
Alcoholics Anonymous is effective.Hackers pose a grave threat to the nation.Theres a hidden code in the Bible.The Big Bang is an airtight fact.Thousands of species have gone extinct because of deforestation. Licking certain toads will get you high.Most terrorists are Middle Eastern.
Wake up! Youre being lied to.
This book acts as a battering ram against the distortions, myths, and outright lies that have been shoved down our throats by the government, the media, corporations, organized religion, the scientific establishment, and others who want to keep the truth from us. An unprecedented group of researchers--investigative reporters, political dissidents, academics, media watchdogs, scientist-philosophers, social critics, and rogue scholars--paints a picture of a world where crucial stories are ignored or actively suppressed and the official version of events has more holes in it than Swiss cheese. A world where real dangers are downplayed and nonexistent dangers are trumpeted. In short, a world where you are being lied to.
Among the revelations inside:
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Sydney Schanberg on John McCains efforts to conceal information on POW/MIAsHoward Bloom on liars in the mediaRiane Eisler on the realities of human natureJames Ridgeway on tainted blood and moreJim Marrs on missing evidence in important casesGreenpeace cofounder Peter Moore on environmental mythsMichael Parenti on atrocities in KosovoDouglas Rushkoff on the information arms raceGary Webb on the gutless corporate mediaHoward Zinn on Columbus
15 LIES You've Been Told
No One Wants to Talk About How Completely We Were Lied to
This is not the first time our government and our media have conspired to drag the American people into war with another country—or helped create a coup that will inevitably have disastrous results. Photo: CNN screen shot. Kinda like if your blind date shows up and you notice he has a flip phone. It seems vaguely worrisome, and no explanation he can haltingly supply will put you at ease. The invasion of Iraq just felt like it was a lie to me.
L earning to lie is an important stage of child development. It indicates cognitive and social maturity. They think they can fool us. The next part of development is learning that they do. This is called theory of mind.
Two days ago, the New York Times published a comprehensive story on the degree to which Facebook fought all attempts to investigate its role in spreading Russian hoaxes and lies, both as it pertained to the election and well beyond. Being honest with Facebook board members about the fact that FB had failed to contain or even understand the deliberately inflammatory and false content shared on its service by agents of a foreign power in a deliberate effort to divide the American people. - Tell the truth now: that includes you and me.
We can blame our insatiable love of novelty for the rapid spread of harmful fake news. By Christian Jarrett. Mark Twain said that a lie travels halfway around the world while the truth is still putting its shoes on. Actually, that itself is a lie — Twain probably said no such thing and the true origins of the quote remain murky. Nonetheless, thanks to recent research into the spread of mis information on Twitter, we now know that lies spread more rapidly than facts — and it seems mostly to do with our appetite for novelty.