East London: ‘Mind Control Propaganda’ Exposed in UEA Lecture by Heather Brooke

East London: ‘Mind Control Propaganda’ Exposed in UEA Lecture by Heather Brooke

This announcement comes a bit late, but I've attached links to articles by Heather Brooke on government secrecy in the United Kingdom and the media for anyone interested in her work on "mind control propaganda." - AC

January 21, 2013

The investigative journalist who first exposed the MPs’ expenses scandal starts a series of lectures on Wednesday evening in London’s East End on how society is being manipulated by propaganda.

Award-winning journalist Heather Brooke holsds the series at the University of East Anglia’s London campus in Spitalfields.

Wednesday’s lecture includes a panel in which author Margaret Heffernan discusses ‘mind control’ and her book ‘Willful Blindness’.

Brooke, a freelance journalist and Freedom of Information campaigner who is a professor of journalism at City University, said: “Willful Blindness shows us just how vulnerable we can be to propaganda and mind manipulation. Heffernan goes through the scientific research to explain how our brains work when formulating opinion and how our hard limits on cognition can be used to peddle propaganda and false belief. We need to understand better how our brains work and why we think the way we do if we’re not to be fooled or manipulated.”

Her second lecture is February 12 when Guardian journalist Paul Lewis and former News of the World deputy editor Neil Wallis debate the problems of ‘Police, Propaganda and the Press.’


Articles by Heather Brooke

A sharp focus on CCTV

Wired Magazine       May 18, 2010

As the major political parties jostle for position in the run-up to the general election, it’s clear that the way the next government monitors and controls information about us will fundamentally shape British society in the next decades.

Electoral Secrecy

Mail on Sunday       May 10, 2010

The secrecy and utter lack of accountability surrounding those public officials charged with overseeing UK elections.

Secret Policemen are having a ball at our expense

Big Issue       January 18, 2009

Once upon a time people complained of rarely seeing a bobby on the beat. Now they’re lucky to get a full glimpse of a policeman’s face.

PR is taking over our public institutions

The Times       April 1, 2008

A senior police worker is facing a disciplinary hearing for “damaging the reputation” of West Yorkshire police.

Article: libel out of control

The Times       May 14, 2007

The libel laws are an abomination. They favour rich, litigious bullies at the expense of free expression.

A Ray of Light May be Snuffed Out

Sunshine Week       March 12, 2007

Article for US Sunshine Week on Britain’s FOI laws.

Freedom – only if we can get the information

The Times       February 7, 2007

Two years on and the Freedom of Information Act has been enough of a success to warrant its possible demise.

Article: Academic use of freedom of information

Information World Review       December 13, 2006

Just as researchers are beginning to use the Freedom of Information Act for serious investigative research, the government has announced changes that will block all but the silliest and simplest requests.

Article: Future of investigative reporting

The Journalist       August 18, 2006

New techniques of accessing data online could lead to a revival of serious and challenging investigative reporting.

Article: Access denied to the laws that govern us

The Guardian       August 17, 2006

The law of the land is unreadable – due to Crown Copyright.

Article:  Journalists and wiretapping

The Times       August 11, 2006

The Information Commissioner thinks that journalists should be imprisoned for up to two years for paying private detectives to obtain information.

Article: Free Our Data

The Guardian       June 11, 2006

How can public information be free if there’s a charge?

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