Author Archives: Gene Howington

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I write and do other stuff.

Propaganda 103: The Word Changes, The Word Remains The Same

By GENE HOWINGTON “I have been a believer in the magic of language since, at a very early age, I discovered that some words got me into trouble and others got me out” – Katherine Dunn “Until it is kindled … Continue reading

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Propaganda 102: Holly Would and the Power of Images

By GENE HOWINGTON Graphic art such as posters, paintings and film can be and often are considered works of art. Can propaganda using these mediums be considered art? Propaganda posters are considered art by many and in the design industry … Continue reading

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Propaganda 102 Supplemental: Holly Would “Zero Dark Thirty”

By GENE HOWINGTON Upon the suggestion of long time and valued blog contributor James in LA, this column on “Zero Dark Thirty” and the controversy surrounding that film is offered as a supplement to the earlier entry in the series … Continue reading

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Propaganda 102 Supplemental: Holly Would “American Sniper”

Or “Blood Simple Is As Blood Simple Does”* by Gene Howington The definition of success in propaganda is a bit like pulling off a successful magic trick. It works best if no one realizes exactly how they’re being manipulated. At … Continue reading

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Propaganda 101: What You Need to Know and Why or . . .

The Word By GENE HOWINGTON Originally, I drafted this article with a preface about the story Michael Hastings recently broke on BuzzFeed about an amendment to the latest defense authorization bill that would “legalize the use of propaganda on American … Continue reading

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David Bowie Dead at 69

OED defines the icon as “a person or thing regarded as a representative symbol or as worthy of veneration.” Icon is bandied about rather casually these days, especially in the realm of entertainment. However, it is hard to argue that … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: September 8, 2015

The Constitution is quite clear. Article VI, paragraph 3, states that: The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several … Continue reading

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