Disinformation in Mass Media: Gluck, Piccinni and the Journal de Paris

1st Edition

Beverly Jerold

July 23, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 160 Pages - 9 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367350178 - CAT# 320698
Series: Royal Musical Association Monographs

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The founding in 1777 of the Journal de Paris, France’s first daily and distinctly commercial paper, represents an early use of disinformation as a tool for political gain, profit, and societal division. To attract a large readership and bar competition for C. W. Gluck’s works at the Paris Opéra, it launched a prolonged campaign of anonymous lies, mockery and defamation against two prominent members of the Académie Française who wished the Opéra to be open to all deserving composers, but lacked a comparable daily forum with which to defend themselves. In this unique episode, music served as a smokescreen for nefarious activity. No musical knowledge is necessary to follow this purely political drama, in which the tactics employed bear a remarkable resemblance to current events.

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