Public seance in Kiev in support of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

Saturday, July 19, 2014


Anonymous said...

Beyond Propaganda: Improbability. Discourse of War and Doublethink, the Example of Syria by Jean-Claude Paye, Tülay Umay

Commenting on the charge that the Syrian Republic had used chemical weapons against its own people, sociologists Jean-Claude Paye and Tülay Umay reveal the willful contradictions in Atlanticist discourse: two contradictory statements are issued at the same time by the same source, while facts are transformed into degrees of certainty. The auditor has henceforth no way to challenge official discourse, except to revolt against the bad faith of his own authorities.

Since the attacks of September 11, we are witnessing a transformation of the way the media report the news. They lock us in the unreal. They base truth not on the coherence of a presentation, but on its shocking character. Thus, the observer remains petrified and cannot establish a relation to reality.

The media are lying to us, but at the same time, they show us that they are lying. It is no longer a matter of changing our perception of facts in order to get our support, but to lock us in the spectacle of the omnipotence of power. Showing the annihilation of reason is based on images that serve to replace facts. Information no longer focuses on the ability to perceive and represent a thing, but the need to experience it, or rather to experience oneself through it.

From Bin Laden to Merah, through the "tyrant" Bashar al-Assad, media discourse has become the permanent production of fetishes, ordering surrender to what is "given to see." The injunction does not aim, as propaganda, to convince. It simply directs the subject to give flesh to the image of the "war of civilizations". The discursive device of "War of Good against Evil," updating the Orwellian doublethink process must become a new reality that de-structures our entire existence, of everyday life in global political relations.

This expertise is now become ubiquitous, especially regarding the war in Syria. It consists of cancelling a statement at the same time as it is pronounced, while maintaining what has been previously given to see and hear. The individual must have the ability to accept opposing elements, without raising the existing contradiction. Language is thus reduced to communication and cannot fulfill its function of representation. The deconstruction of the faculty to symbolize prevents any protection vis-à-vis the real to which we are in submission...

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