Saturday, February 18th, 2pm PT, 5pmET
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Mass Deception: Moral Panic and the
U.S. War on Iraq
Connecting propaganda and distortion efforts by the Bush administration to garner public acceptance of the war in Iraq following the tragedy of 9/11, MASS DECEPTION explains how and why political leaders and the news media periodically create public panics that actually benefit both parties.
Using quantitative analysis of public opinion polls and presidential rhetoric pre- and post-9/11 in the news media, Dr. Bonn applies the moral panic concept to the Iraq war–that is, he demonstrates how the Bush administration created a self-serving public panic in the U.S. after 9/11 over alleged Iraqi weapons of mass destruction with the support of the news media. He critiques the war and occupation of Iraq as violations of domestic and international law.
What other events in our history have been manipulated by the moral panic concept, and are they being used right now? Just read the headlines and listen to the news, according to the media, we have a lot to panic about! Doc Bonn has developed a unique, integrated, and interdisciplinary theory called “critical communication” to explain how and why state officials and the news media shape public opinion on complex issues such as capital punishment and terrorism.
Dr. Scott Bonn is Professor of Criminology, media expert, public speaker, media analyst and commentator, and author. He is an expert on criminal behavior, including state crime and serial killers. His expert commentary frequently appears in the popular media.
Do you have questions about MASS DECEPTION, serial killers, crimes against the state, or criminology? Doc Bonn encourages discussion on his interactive blog and will answer your questions in a subsequent post. Submit your questions HERE
Doc Bonn is currently researching and writing a popular book on the public’s interest in serial killers that is tentatively titled,“Monster Dearest: Our Fascination with Serial Killers and Why We Need Them.”
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