Disinformation in Mass Media

Gluck, Piccinni and the Journal de Paris

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. Les mer
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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 Opera, it launched a prolonged campaign of anonymous lies, mockery, and defamation against two prominent members of the Academie Francaise who wished the Opera 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.

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Introduction


1: The Cast and Setting


A New Print Medium


The Major Figures


The 1781 Reprint of Gluckist Texts


Journalism at the New Paper


The Activities of Gluck's Associate


Events Before 1777


Recitative and Air


Gluck's Directing Skills


Berlioz on Gluck's Scores





2: Arnaud's Correspondence to Italy





3: The Journal de Paris on the Offensive


Ridicule of Marmontel


A Snare for La Harpe


Marmontel's Essai


The Essai Misrepresented


Informed Commentaries on the Essai


An Independent Assessment





4: Libel of La Harpe by Allusion


The Risk of Serious Criticism


The Lettre par DAVID *** son Ami


A Vindictive Matter from the Past





5: The Armide Episode


The JPL Review of Armide


The JP's Campaign of Disinformation


Another Assessment





6: Piccinni's Opera and Further Events


Piccinni's Roland


The Melophile


Journalists under Siege


Discord Fomented


The Club of Hercules


7: Disinterested Observers


Johann Nicolaus Forkel


Francois-Louis d'Escherny


Later Opinion from Paris





8: Profit and Power


The Motives


Gluck's Financial Acumen


Summation


Timeline of Major Events