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Propaganda, Inc.: Selling America's Culture to the World 2nd Edition (Seven Stories' Open Media Pamphlet Series)by Nancy Snow
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In its updated second edition, Propaganda Inc. tells the story of how U.S. cultural policy operated before, during, and after the Cold War, and in the days following 9/11. Snow explains the Washington deal-makings that led up to USIA's official abolishment in October 1999, and how the agency that was once responsible for "telling America's story to the world" saw new life breathed into its mission after September 11, 2001. Dr. Snow spent two years inside America's propaganda machine — The U.S. Information Agency — and discovered on her watch a bureaucracy deeply distrustful of dissent and one-way in its promotion of American corporate interests overseas. Minus a Cold War mission, the agency responsible for America's overseas information and culture programs had embraced a "Culture, Inc" agenda that downplayed worthy ideals of mutual understanding and reduced the exchange of ideas and people to vagaries of the American global market. 9/11 woke up the country to new priorities. American propaganda is now a full partner in the war on terrorism. This book provides a look back at its history in the United States and a step forward to where it may be going.
An eye-opening overview of American cultural policy fully updated through the end of the Bush presidency, Propaganda, Inc. reveals how the United States Information Agency became a bureaucracy deeply distrustful of dissent, and one-way in its promotion of American corporate interests overseas.
Nancy Snow spent two years inside the Agency, and here provides an insider's account of its crooked relationship to corporate interests and war—a must-read for those concerned with American propaganda and the war on terror.
About the Author
Nancy Snow is a Fulbright scholar and author of Propaganda, Inc.: Selling American's Culture to the World. She is assistant professor in mass and international communications in the College of Communications at California State University, Fullerton and adjunct lecturer at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California. Snow is a frequent commentator on American influence, politics and culture to national and international media including KNBC-TV, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Agence-France Press, National Public Radio, Pacifica Radio, BBC, Sky News, Swiss National Public Radio, and German ZDF Television. She serves as a faculty consultant to the Center for Experiential Education and Service Learning, University of California, Los Angeles, where she teaches community-based research in media and social change.
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