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Why Are We The Good Guys?: Reclaiming Your Mind From The Delusions Of Propaganda Kindle Edition

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Cromwell displays his unbending commitment to follow the facts wherever they lead. Asks the questions about OUR leaders that polite society and the mainstream media will not go near. An indispensable tool of intellectual self defence. < --David Miller | co-author of 'A Century of Spin', co-founder of Spinwatch, Professor of Sociology at the University of Bath

One of the beacons in a politically dark world is the light cast by a moral few who analyse and reveal how journalism works in the cause of power. David Cromwell has pride of place in this company. Every member of the public and every journalist with an ounce of scepticism about authority should read his outstanding book. --John Pilger | Journalist and Documentary maker

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David Cromwell lives in Southampton and works full-time as co-editor of Media Lens, a UK-based media analysis website, which he co-founded in 2001. In 2007, Media Lens received the Gandhi Foundation International Peace Award. David is also the co-founder of the Crisis Forum which he set up with a colleague at the University of Southampton. David has a PhD (1987) in solar physics from the University of Glasgow. Following postdoctoral research in Boulder, Colorado, and a four-year stint working for Shell in the Netherlands, David returned to the UK in 1993. In 2010, he left his research position at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, to work full-time on Media Lens.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 329 pages
  • Publisher: Zero Books (28 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B1CTN4U
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
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David Cromwell is part of the duo that is MediaLens, and if you are in any way skeptical about the corporate press, then you should read this book, and their other book, Newspeak in the 21st Century. These are both very insightful and challenging polemics about the grip that big business has over the 'free' press, and how it works. However, if I have just made them sound hard line hacks, I apologise, because they aren't. They are reasoned and polite, and their work is very interesting.
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David Cromwell is a very readable author. Some books dealing with serious global issues can be very didactic and dry. This book reads more like a smoothly written thriller. Another interesting but for me, welcoming point, is that he personalises a lot of the issues and relates them back to his childhood and family influences and work experiences round the world. With this author you know where he developed his basic ideas. He deals with a number of pressing issues that are affecting our global community at present. From this book, his views appear to be very black and white, showing right and wrong rather than any shades of gray. However, if your convictions are such, then so be it. Whether you agree or disagree, there is much that is food for thought and the book does seem well researched with its references. He obviously uses a lot of books and research which comes from his stable of thought, such as David Harvey and Noam Chomsky. My personal issue is that he sometimes comes across as 'all knowing' and will say that he really likes an author's work and findings but says he is wrong on certain findings, rather than saying 'in his opinion' he might not have got it quite right. This particularly relates to the philosophy section. I did tend to disagree with a number of the author's points from that section. However, that wouldn't detract from giving 5 stars, as the book is very readable and makes you think. I agree with the author that we should always be questioning the motive of established journalists and the press. Also we need to be concerned that we are not following like sheep in believing that the governments of the western world are always acting for the good of all humanity, rather than just their own interests.Read more ›
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Remember that bit in the Matrix when Neo takes the pill that reveals the world as it really is & he can never go back? Don't read this book unless you want to feel the same way. It brilliantly unpicks the web of institutionalised propaganda & violence upon which our society blithely floats and left me feeling that I had two choices: do something about it or live with blood on my hands. An uncomfortable but inspiringly necessary read
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IF you care about the real news behind what they read out on Britain's major channels, and in the papers, this is for you.
Nice writing style, dealing with big issues in a straightforward way.
Already bought more of his books before I'd finished it.
I hope there are more to come.
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The author - David Cromwell - is a character with an interesting CV; from a left leaning upbringing, to work in a prominent multinational, in science to finally in an outfit concerned with the quality of reporting (MediaLens). Everyone remembering the Cold War - even in its final, weak incarnation in the 1980s - or even the 1991 war against Iraq will recall the scorn poured on the 'laughable propaganda' presented as news reporting from the opposing side. The author's main premise is that the main purpose of media in the West is little different, if at times more refined - namely to defend the ideology and powers that be from public scrutiny coming too close to the truth.

The party line - namely of spreading democracy, human rights and welfare for all - starts wearing somewhat thin after the rhetoric somehow never manages to fully translate into practice. And the fewer the tangible examples of 'success' - or in the author's words us (the Western, capitalist societal model in the widest sense) being the good guys - one can see, the more support / cheer-leading from the so called neutral media is required to prevent hard questions.

Examples range from blatant and loyal support of brutal, repressive regimes as long as they are on the side of the reporting party, where even highly respected news outlets will turn two blind eyes to developments obvious to anyone, to the various wars fought for freedom and democracy after the Cold War, none of which seemed to have brought either; from Thatcherism to genetically modified foods.
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An interesting analysis of how the manipulation of western media serves our business interests and sustains the illusion that we are acting for good. It reveals how news that does not fit into the required script to sustain these delusions is blotted out from the picture. Too often it seems, we as the "good guys" are in reality the "bad guys" from any moral standpoint as our big business organisations seek to dominate the acquisition and pricing of world resources for their benefit.
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