Author: Dr Waller

Organic propaganda

Did you know that American shoppers are more likely to buy a banana whose peel color is Pantone 12-0752 (Buttercup) than a banana that’s Pantone 13-0858 (Vibrant yellow)? Big banana growers do. And they go to considerable trouble to bring you just the right shade of Buttercup. Color is often used for propaganda purposes. Here’s an interesting item in Fast...

Our Samuel Adams

My friend Frank Gaffney very graciously credited me in his March 6 Washington Times op-ed celebrating the life of our mutual co-conspirator Andrew Breitbart. Andrew died last week at age 43. He was a masterful political provocateur, a one-man media operation who fearlessly took on the leviathan establishment. I was one of the founding contributing editors to Andrew’s BigPeace.com, and...

USA Today: “US ‘info ops’ programs dubious, costly”

USA Today runs a lengthy front-page story February 29 about information operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that report is damning. I won’t summarize it here, but will encourage my students to read it thoroughly and critique it. As a spoiler, I must say that, based on working on information operations with the US military since 9/11, I agree with...

British cartoons during the American Revolution

This fine electronic collection of historical British political cartoons has just come to my attention. The cartoons and sketches parody and otherwise skewer the American Revolution and its allies. This file contains more than 150 British political cartoons concerning the American Revolution. Each is accompanied by an archivist’s description. The two sample cartoons are representative: One shows American savages hanging...

Threat of lawsuit spiked UK report on ‘head of state’ funding of al Qaeda

Was it a sharp-eyed editor’s discovery of a false story, or outside forms of influence that caused a major London newspaper to spike its story yesterday about an unnamed “head of state” whose inner circle  has been funding al Qaeda? It turns out that threats of a lawsuit under Britain’s archaic “guilty until proven innocent” libel laws, briefly caused the...

See me at the Psychological Warfare Focus Day at the 3rd Annual Irregular Warfare Summit

The good people at the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA) have invited me to be a speaker at the 3rd annual Irregular Warfare Summit in Washington. I’ll be speaking as part of the summit’s Psychological Warfare Focus Day. Other panelists include: Ruth Wedgwood, Director of the International Law and Organizations Program at Johns Hopkins University; LTC Michael Lewis,...

Dr Waller to speak at 3rd annual Irregular Warfare Summit

(Institute of World Politics news release)  On Wednesday, May 30, 2012, IWP professor J. Michael Waller, PhD, will discuss “Foreign Propaganda, Perceptions and Policy: Countering Information Designed to Mislead or Persuade” at the 3rd Annual Irregular Warfare Summit in Washington, D.C.  The summit is organized by the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement. Please click here for more information.

What message does this send?

The US Department of Defense does not recognize the word “victory” as an official term. The authoritative DoD Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms contains no reference to “victory.” What signal does that send?

Too tasteless to watch – but we have to understand it

Sometimes truth-tellers are too tasteless to watch, but I really have a gross website to recommend to anyone wanting to see the disconnect between the theory and practice of sharia-compliant Islamic ideology. The site is called DonkeyJihad.com. That’s pretty much all you need to know – apart from the disclaimer that the site is full of tasteless images that are...

PSYOP jobs available

The US military continues to require new civilian expertise in the PSYOP/MISO area. For those of you who may be interested in career opportunities, be sure to have your resume and other related data posted on LinkedIn.com, and to join the PSYOP group, which requires permission. You have to sign into LinkedIn first. To find the PSYOP group, click on...