The CBC veteran Ira Basen has been running a brilliant series all about the world of PR spin. As regular readers of DeSmog know, our site is all about debunking the “spin” around the issue of global warming. If you want to get a good crash course in the practice of spin, this is the series to listen to.
Rumour has is that DeSmog’s founder Jim Hoggan will be featured in the upcoming installment.
Think of it as spinoculation.
Here’s the links to this 4 parts of this in-depth analysis of spin:
Episode 1: The Origins of Spin
How spin began. The rocky relationship between the press and public relations is now 100 years old.
Episode 2: The Spindustrial Revolution
Countless “spindustries” have been spawned by our modern spin culture, including public relations, “earned media” and video news releases.
Episode 3: Calling Dr. Spin
How far can political spin go? “Just watch me.”
Episode 4: The Spin Doctor is In
Twenty-four-hour TV news, increased competition in newspapers, the shrinking news cycle … they’ve all played a part in changing the way Canadian politics is covered. And in most cases, it’s the spin doctors who have gained the upper hand.
Episode 5: Spinning War
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