A modern history of manipulation
In his bid to consolidate power following Lenin’s death, Josef Stalin resorted to all sorts of dirty, amoral tricks. To discredit his main rival, whom he later had ice picked to death in a villa in Mexico, Uncle Joe had Leon Trotsky airbrushed out of as many phots as possible, particularly those alongside the Bolshevik revolution leader, Lenin. An early form of state distortion of the truth through crude means.
Technology and deceit have both come along a long way since the 1920s, in equal measure.
Governments and conglomerates can lie at ease backed up with hi-tech screens creating ’evidence’.
The excuse to escalate conflict in Vietnam — Tonkin Bay, the 1973 coup in Chile, two classic examples of state media manipulation to write ’history’ according to the Langley Style Book.
Even by the late 1960s, with the advent of computers, US boffins were ready to perform their most audacious trick on the public — see our Moon landings exposé.
Media manipulation can be as repressive and damaging as censorship in countries such as China. Everything though pales into comparison with the manipulation of the truth we have witnessed with the current unelected Bush administration. The War on Terror™ and The War on Iraq have been used to repress, enrich and invade — three despicable truths you’ll never here on CNN.
Now, we at Canned Revolution have taken
it upon ourselves to fight back, armed with nothing more than Photoshop
and bad chemicals. Anything they can do...