MEDIA LENS: Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media
July 22, 2008
In his classic work, Obedience to Authority, psychologist Stanley Milgram observed:
â€œThere is always some element of bad form in objecting to the destructive course of events, or indeed, in making it a topic of conversation. Thus, in Nazi Germany, even among those most closely identified with the â€˜final solutionâ€™, it was considered an act of discourtesy to talk about the killings.â€ (Milgram, Obedience to Authority, Pinter & Martin, 1974, p.204)
The same â€œbad formâ€ is very much discouraged in our own society. One would hardly guess from media reporting that Britain and America are responsible for killing anyone in Iraq and Afghanistan, where violence is typically blamed on â€œinsurgentsâ€ and â€œsectarian conflictâ€. International â€œcoalitionâ€ forces are depicted as peacekeepers using minimum violence as a last resort.