Originally posted by Byrd
I'm wondering just how badly it's going to miss its target.
The fact is, the military isn't very good about dealing with other cultures. They want the other culture to be just like OUR culture and don't
recognize some of the subtleties that can create problems.
Good point, Byrd. But, imo, the most interesting aspect of this article is the fact that the U.S. Army is interested in even trying to indoctrinate
the youth of somewhere else.........could be for many reasons. The comic book story is a nice PR move because many people view comic books as fun and
since we're overthrowing their democracy, we might as well make their society a carbon copy of ours.....makes it alot easier to sell them are current
And if comic books don't work, then something else will. Even Soap Operas. Works like that in America, doesn't it? The demographics for comic
books and soap operas are different but they essentially accomplish the same task......to distract and entertain. Not that there is anything wrong
with that for those so inclined.
Religion is a major hurdle, however. But how religious were we 150 years ago? The circumstances indeed do not invite comparison, but the point is
that national ideologies of a nation can be termed with, or at least muscled aside to share room. If Islamic extremists can find a way to rationalize
death because of religion, then sex and capitalism are likely to find a way.
Originally posted by Gazrok
I don't know what's scarier about this...
I don't think it's a matter of being scary at all.....propaganda, merchandise, etc. are all going to be available because it sells and makes people
'happy.' It's going to show itself in one way, shape, or form and most likely in a competitive arena. So awareness of it is ideal. Kind of like
the phrase,"Choose your poison." Knowing why things are done alots us the oppurtunity to invite that sort of bias, nonsense, waste, fulfillment,
etc. into our lives or not. Too often people allow for their enjoyments without understanding the reasonings for it.....and as a result, you get a
society that is less inclined to feed the hand that bites it.....er...um...
Originally posted by soficrow
Fact is, it's been done before - and still is. Ever watched JAG?
The most watched show, I believe is CSI.....the franchise( three strong) is in the top twenty if not top ten and Law and Order has slightly lower
Simulcra.........the difference is that the propaganda you provided is meant to influence a direct action in a direct situation. What we have with
the comic books and who knows what else is the intent to influence whole systems of belief.....instillation of confidance and nationalism by
association. This type of influence can effect how day to day decisions are made.
A way bigger deal, especially in principle.