War, Peace and the Media

Zwicker, Barrie
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Publisher:  Sources, Toronto, Canada
Year First Published:  {10346 War, Peace and the Media WAR PEACE AND THE MEDIA Zwicker, Barrie http://www.connexions.org/CxLibrary/Docs/WarPeaceMedia-3rdPrinting-1985.pdf Sources Toronto Canada Zwicker argues that press coverage of the USSR is "profoundly uninformative, a journalistic yawn that is helping us sleepwalk toward the biggest slumber of all time: nuclear war." 1983 1985 48pp $4 BC10346-WarPeace_n.jpg PMP Pamphlet 0-920299-01-6 The author looked at press coverage of the Soviet Union over a six-month period and found it extreme and unbalanced. He concludes that "our portrayal of the Soviet Union dooms ourselves" by creating a stereotype of a country that is the embodiment of everything evil, with which it is impossible to have civilized dealings or to conclude rational agreements, notably on arms control. The result of the press coverage is to push people to the conclusion that the only way to deal with the USSR is to engage in an arms race that can only result in eventual war. He argues that it is in the interest of everyone, East and West, that there be far better, multi-dimensional reporting on the Soviet Union, reporting that deals with the lives of ordinary people, with culture, arts, science, travel, etc. "Implacable opponents of the Soviet Union and warm admirers of the USSR alike should equally be demanding better press coverage of that country. Whether the motive is to know the enemy better, or to build bridges of friendship - or anything between - the coverage provided by the press in Canada falls ludicrously short of short of serving you - Instead of anything approaching an informative, rounded, realistic picture of a country the papers themselves claim is so important, the public is being mistreated to hodge podge of distorting trivia, boring stereotypes, and transparent bias parading as news - There is virtually no human face, but a dehumanized ideological abstraction." <br> <br>Zwicker feels that press coverage of the USSR is "profoundly uninformative, a journalistic yawn that is helping us sleepwalk toward the biggest slumber of all time: nuclear war." <br> <br>The pamphlet also takes up a number of specific issues regarding the press coverage of the Soviet Union, including responsibility for the arms race, coverage of civil defence, media blackouts of protests against the MX missile system, and coverage of peace organizations. <br> <br>Note: a fourth edition, greatly expanded with new material, subtitled Propping up the U.S. Empire and Risking the Planet, was published in 2023. See the PDF version at <br>https://www.connexions.org/CxLibrary/Docs/WPM4.pdf <br> <br>Table of Contents: <br>Preface <br>The Needle is Deep Into the Red Zone <br>The Myth of Symmetry <br>Public health research vs the MX <br>Our Portrayal of the Soviet Union Dooms Ourselves <br>Preoccupation with Demonology, bone-deep Current of Darkness <br>The Big Lie of the Arms Race <br>"Tell me, Daddy, Who's the Baddy?" <br>The Media and Civil Defence <br>One Paper's New Attitude Toward Peace <br>Historic Film Withheld 36 Years <br>"... and they were doing Cartwheels." <br>Words and War <br>Media-MX Deal Denies Protestors' Rights Through News Blackout <br>Journalism/Arms Race Direct Links <br>Inside the Mushroom Cloud, Part I, The "Physicas Package" <br>Inisde the Mushroom Cloud, Part II, The Human Package <br>The Nucearl Death of a Nuclear Scientists (Dying of Radiation) <br>Journalism and the bomb <br>A Crisis of Perception <br>Peace Organization Contacts Include Scientists, Citizens, Generals <br>Publications Diverse and Informed <br>Renewing the Impact: "Extra-Visual" Journalism CX2939 1 false true false CX2939.htm [0xc001bc2270 0xc001bc2900 0xc00232f980 0xc00021ec30 0xc000315a70 0xc0001fa870 0xc000267320 0xc000608630 0xc0003ef6b0 0xc00149e480 0xc000446270 0xc000475410 0xc0004b8ba0 0xc0005cb620 0xc0005cb7d0 0xc0016ae900 0xc0016c23c0 0xc001b19dd0 0xc000c963c0 0xc000f03d10 0xc000f10120 0xc0000b7290 0xc001cab860 0xc001f7dd70] Cx}
Year Published:  1985
Pages:  48pp   Price:  $4   ISBN:  0-920299-01-6
Resource Type:  Pamphlet
Cx Number:  CX2939

Zwicker argues that press coverage of the USSR is "profoundly uninformative, a journalistic yawn that is helping us sleepwalk toward the biggest slumber of all time: nuclear war."

Abstract: 
The author looked at press coverage of the Soviet Union over a six-month period and found it extreme and unbalanced. He concludes that "our portrayal of the Soviet Union dooms ourselves" by creating a stereotype of a country that is the embodiment of everything evil, with which it is impossible to have civilized dealings or to conclude rational agreements, notably on arms control. The result of the press coverage is to push people to the conclusion that the only way to deal with the USSR is to engage in an arms race that can only result in eventual war. He argues that it is in the interest of everyone, East and West, that there be far better, multi-dimensional reporting on the Soviet Union, reporting that deals with the lives of ordinary people, with culture, arts, science, travel, etc. "Implacable opponents of the Soviet Union and warm admirers of the USSR alike should equally be demanding better press coverage of that country. Whether the motive is to know the enemy better, or to build bridges of friendship - or anything between - the coverage provided by the press in Canada falls ludicrously short of short of serving you - Instead of anything approaching an informative, rounded, realistic picture of a country the papers themselves claim is so important, the public is being mistreated to hodge podge of distorting trivia, boring stereotypes, and transparent bias parading as news - There is virtually no human face, but a dehumanized ideological abstraction."

Zwicker feels that press coverage of the USSR is "profoundly uninformative, a journalistic yawn that is helping us sleepwalk toward the biggest slumber of all time: nuclear war."

The pamphlet also takes up a number of specific issues regarding the press coverage of the Soviet Union, including responsibility for the arms race, coverage of civil defence, media blackouts of protests against the MX missile system, and coverage of peace organizations.

Note: a fourth edition, greatly expanded with new material, subtitled Propping up the U.S. Empire and Risking the Planet, was published in 2023. See the PDF version at
https://www.connexions.org/CxLibrary/Docs/WPM4.pdf

Table of Contents:
Preface
The Needle is Deep Into the Red Zone
The Myth of Symmetry
Public health research vs the MX
Our Portrayal of the Soviet Union Dooms Ourselves
Preoccupation with Demonology, bone-deep Current of Darkness
The Big Lie of the Arms Race
"Tell me, Daddy, Who's the Baddy?"
The Media and Civil Defence
One Paper's New Attitude Toward Peace
Historic Film Withheld 36 Years
"... and they were doing Cartwheels."
Words and War
Media-MX Deal Denies Protestors' Rights Through News Blackout
Journalism/Arms Race Direct Links
Inside the Mushroom Cloud, Part I, The "Physicas Package"
Inisde the Mushroom Cloud, Part II, The Human Package
The Nucearl Death of a Nuclear Scientists (Dying of Radiation)
Journalism and the bomb
A Crisis of Perception
Peace Organization Contacts Include Scientists, Citizens, Generals
Publications Diverse and Informed
Renewing the Impact: "Extra-Visual" Journalism

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