“When one knew that any document was due for destruction, or even when one saw a scrap of waste paper lying about, it was an automatic action to lift the flap of the nearest memory hole and drop it in, whereupon it would be whirled away on a current of warm air to the enormous furnaces which were hidden somewhere in the recesses of the building.” -George Orwell, 1984
“Most of the ‘pictures in our heads’ we have gained from these media–even to the point where we often do not really believe what we see before us until we read about it in the paper or hear about it on the radio.”-C Wright Mills, The Power Elite
“Fundamental deceptions damage the public’s ability to maintain a rational view of the world. Once a basic untruth is rooted, it blurs a society’s perception of reality and, consequently, the intelligence with which society reacts to events.”-Ben H. Bagdikian, The New Media Monopoly
Memory Hole Blog is a forum for criticism and commentary on sociopolitical issues and phenomena overlooked or misreported by mainstream media. Such neglected concerns are likewise often omitted from or distorted in popular consciousness and memory. The site is authored and maintained by James F. Tracy PhD, media critic and educator.
Tracy teaches classes on journalism and media at Florida Atlantic University. His work on media history, politics and culture has appeared in a wide variety of academic journals, edited volumes, and alternative news and opinion outlets. Tracy is editor of Union for Democratic Communication’s journal Democratic Communiqué. He is a also a regular contributor to the Center for Research on Globalization’s website GlobalResearch.ca, an affiliate of Project Censored and contributor to that organization’s forthcoming publication Censored 2014: Dispatches from the Media Revolution The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2012-2013.
All items published herein represent the views of James Tracy and are not representative of or condoned by Florida Atlantic University or the State University System of Florida. James Tracy is not responsible for and does not necessarily agree with ideas or observations presented in the comments posted on memoryholeblog.com.