The SAGE Handbook of Propaganda unpacks the ever-present and exciting topic of propaganda to explain how it invades the human psyche, in what ways it does so, and in what contexts. As a beguiling tool of political persuasion in times of war, peace, and uncertainty, propaganda incites people to take, often violent, action, consciously or unconsciously. This pervasive influence is particularly prevalent in world politics and international relations today. In this interdisciplinary Handbook, the editors have gathered together a group of world-class scholars from Europe, America, Asia, and the Middle East, to discuss leadership propaganda, war propaganda, propaganda for peace marketing, propaganda as a psychological tool, terror-enhanced propaganda, and the contemporary topics of internet-mediated propaganda. Unlike previous publications on the subject, this book brings to the forefront current manifestations and processes of propaganda such as Islamist, and Far Right propaganda, from interdisciplinary perspectives. In its four parts, the Handbook offers researchers and academics of propaganda studies, peace and conflict studies, media and communication studies, political science and governance marketing, as well as intelligence and law enforcement communities, a comprehensive overview of the tools and context of the development and evolution of propaganda from the twentieth century to the present: Part One: Concepts, Precepts and Techniques in Propaganda Research; Part Two: Methodological Approaches in Propaganda Research; Part Three: Tools and Techniques in Counter-Propaganda Research; Part Four: Propaganda in Context.
Chapter 25: [Page 422]Darkness and Light: Media, Propaganda, and Politics in Japan
[Page 422]Darkness and Light: Media, Propaganda, and Politics in Japan
To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle – George Orwell.
In propaganda management, the commission and omission of words and images are weapons of persuasion in war and peace. How words and pictures are used or not used, and in what manner they are presented or not presented, makes a difference in the credibility, not the absolute truth, of the information. The source of information beyond the words used matters even more. Is the source trustworthy and if not, why? What if the source, such as the nation-state of Japan, is otherwise held in high regard ...