Psywar: The real battlefield is your mind (2010)
The U.S. Department of Defense defines psychological warfare (PSYWAR) as: "The planned use of propaganda and other psychological actions having the primary purpose of influencing the opinions, emotions, attitudes, and behavior of hostile foreign groups in such a way as to support the achievement of national objectives."
During World War II the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff defined psychological warfare more broadly stating "Psychological warfare employs any weapon to influence the mind of the enemy. The weapons are psychological only in the effect they produce and not because of the weapons themselves.
This film explores the evolution of propaganda and public relations in the United States, with an emphasis on the elitist theory of democracy‚ and the relationship between war, propaganda and class.
Includes original interviews with a number of dissident scholars including Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Michael Parenti, Peter Phillips, John Stauber, Christopher Simpson and others.
Sources for film:
Beder, Sharon -- Consumerism: an Historical Perspective
Chomsky, Noam -- What Makes Mainstream Media Mainstream
Darwinia -- WWI Propaganda
Ewen, Stuart -- Captains of Consciousness: Advertising and the Social Roots of the Consumer Culture
Lazere, Donald -- American media and mass culture
Lutins, Allen -- An Eclectic list of Events in US Labor History
Millies, Stephen -- The Ludlow Massacre and the Birth of Company Unions
Parenti, Michael -- Super-Patriotism
Simpson, Christopher -- The Science of Coercion
Smith, Sharon -- Subterranean Fire: A History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States
Snow, Nancy -- Propaganda, Inc., Selling America's Culture to the World
Stauber, John and Rampton, Sheldon -- Weapons of Mass Deception: The Uses of Propaganda in Bush's War on Iraq ; Toxic Sludge is Good For You
Tye, Larry -- The Father of Spin: Edward L. Bernays & The Birth of PR