Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: No News at All

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

No News at All

R. Michael Schiffer and Micheal F. Rinzler' article No News is No News suggests the governmental restrictions of the media during wartime has a counterproductive outcome. Schiffer and Rinzler argue that the governmental restrictions of the media during the Gulf War of the nineties, "amount to censorship". Although the restrictions were implemented to protect National security they in turn prevented adequate coverage of the war and led to distortions of the little information released. Having little information to report on, "The media themselves have become the story." The act of news reporting on location overseas became a spectacle and created a form of entertainment rather than a source of information.

1 Comments:

Blogger A. Mattson said...

You have made a key point here. Press restrictions can be counterproductive, leading to an increase in rumor and misinformation.

If the coverage becomes the story itself we are left with a false feeling of being informed.

4/14/2008 1:42 PM  

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