Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff with Project Censored
The notion of what it means to be censored is one of the points addressed in this latest installment of the long-running Censored series (I read these every year, and previously reviewed the 2003 and 2009 editions). The media “censors” the news as much through spin, propaganda, and misleading the public into a “hyperreality of knowinglessness” (ugh!) as by killing controversial stories. Along with the countdown of the Top 25 Censored Stories of 2008-09 (top spot went to the rather ho-hum “U.S. Congress Sells Out to Wall Street”), there are also the regular features on previous story follow-ups, junk food news and news abuse, the fear and favour report, and a grab-bag of other, less relevant items. What the final piece, on recent lesbian and gay films, is doing in here is anybody’s guess. It’s that kind of book.