A ?free, comprehensive guide to the public relations firms,
front groups, and industry-friendly experts that attempt to
manipulate public opinion,? Disinfopedia.org was launched
in March 2003 as a tool for activists, journalists, and the general
public. Its goal is ?to create the largest and most up-to-date
guide in history, both in terms of breadth and depth.? A project of
PRWatch.org and sponsored by the Center for Media and Democracy,the
website is an information commons in which the entire community of
Internet users collaborate to write, edit, and oversee content. One
interesting feature is a dictionary of doublespeak: ?a language
deliberately constructed to disguise its actual meaning, usually
employed by government, military, or corporate institutions.? The
site also features a ?Spin of the Day,? case studies of deceptive
PR campaigns, and propaganda techniques.
?Anne Geske

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