posted on Jan, 19 2005 @ 01:43 AM
Ok, I read this whole thread and my take on the original idea is that it was about the US and the media as a propaganda tool. Which I whole heartedly
believe it is.
Starting with "Hollywood movies". And I'll try for a different angle rather than politics - lets say, how the average person lives. Because I am in
Chicago, I'll take John Hughes films as an example. "Ferris Bueler" "Uncle Buck", etc. Now in these films the characters oftern live in the
"Chicago Suburbs". Well I hate to burst anyones romantic balloons but the sorts of homes in these films are NOT even close to the lifestyle here.
One of those houses would cost you about $750,000 to I MILLION dollars. I know, I've worked in real estate. Those are rich peoples house, ok? Most of
us can't hope to get that. I personally live in a 600 sqare foot apartment (3 small rooms) and the rent is $800 per month. As a condo it sells for
$175,000. As I write this I have black stinking water coming up my kitchen sink because some idiot is doing laundry downstairs. Building is at least
80 years old and falling apart. Consider this: This place is a palace compared to some of the dumps I've lived in and is in a reasonably
decent area (you go a few miles east though and you'll be shot by crack dealers).
Now, this film example is not necessarily propaganda, but it isn't really true to life. America does like to put on a pretty face.
Moving on to TV advertising......I'm gonna throw sexism in here, what the heck, we got racism going. I have noticed, since Bush took over, that
there is a HUGE propaganda campaign going to get women "back in the home". I remember, just days after 9/11, seeing an ABC NEWS story
about "How many couples are deciding, after 9/11, that now is the time to get married and have babies because family is so important". Just think
about all this "family values" type stuff that has flooded the airwaves of late. And all the "fluff" too. My lord, they got "news" (?) stories
pitched toward women regarding "choosing the right wedding gown", diets, shoes, etc. And the huge upswing in all the sex---this reminds me of the
80's and Reagan -- you had all the sex then too, all the 'soap opera' type TV shows and the fixation on sex. They want to get you breeding.
Look at broadcast TV and you'll see all the conservative propaganda, especially the news, and Fox and ABC (owned by Disney). Another thing I
noticed, right after GW took over, were all these so-called "studies" popping up on TV news about how "Men and Women are different because of their
biology" - like they really wanted to beat this into peoples heads. Notice too how 'stupid' women have become on TV shows......dumb little
OK, enough on that. Its of issue to me, being female. It does serve as an example of all the media propaganda though......how they are pushing a
certain lifestyle. The "family oriented" lifestyle. And I don't for one minute believe the media is run by liberals. Who in the world still
believes this? The media is run by large corporations and large corporations are not known for being liberal. The media used to be
liberal.....way back in the 70's.
Here's another thought: Off all the soldiers who've died now in Iraq, why is it, whenever they show the grieving family on TV - its always a white,
middle class family? Why don't they show the dead black soldiers families? I guess that doesn't fit their campaign. Whites tend to toe the party
line more as well......."Junior was a proud American Soldier. Died for the Country. Long tradition of Military Service in our family". Whereas the
blacks might say: "Yeah, my kid joined the Army because there was nothing else for him/her to do. No job. No $$ for college. And now he's dead...."
Might not get that stoic flag waving from the poor.
And for the poster who felt that the ghettos of New York were better to live in than a 3rd world country.......well, I really don't think so. Most
people compare a ghetto TO 3rd world conditions. Come to Chicago. Go to Cabrini Green. I've seen cops as big as 2 football players put together come
out of that place with shaking hands, I have heard horror stories you would not believe. Horrifically bad living conditions, abject poverty and
unimaginable crime on top of it. People are poor in third world countries, but I would guess they don't slaughter each other the way they do in US
Finally, for the Russian guy, hey-you would be welcome here in Chi Town (I hope I did not paint too bad a picture, for the most part its ok, if
expensive)--there is every race and culture on earth here, and people get along pretty well. There is a large Russian population too- I am sure they
would make you welcome.
Well, its long, but I hope everyone will just watch the media with a little more skeptical eye. I have noticed a big change towards nationalistic
pride and conservatism in the media. Remember, it is a common tactic to take over a people by taking over their culture.