PUBLIC CONSCIOUSNESS MANIPULATION AS A FORM OF CENSORSHIP
Since the invention of telegraph, radio and television making the contacts with a large audience possible, the social impact of communication
via the mass media has been a subject of intense research by political and social scientists. Thus the authors consider the nature of manipulation in modern political discourse using the complex phenomenon of censorship and its ambivalent role in the modern society as the basis. The solution of the research tasks is carried out on the basis of the complex methodological foundation defining the general orientation and principles of the research, as well as its scientific results. This foundation includes the general philosophical methodological concept of dialectic materialism, the principles of unity of form and content, cause and effect, as well as the general connection of the phenomena. In conclusion, the authors state that the abovementioned phenomena are serious and dangerous, being able to influence people’s consciousness, depriving them of their critical thinking, and even dooming them to the passivity of life.
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