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What "end" are you talking about? The end of the world? The end of the United States?
Propaganda will be as it already is, except it will refer to different things. Right now we have plenty of propaganda - "Buckle up", "Click it or ticket", that sort of thing. "Only you can prevent forest fires". "This is your brain on drugs".
Do you think propaganda is as blatant as it was fifty years ago, or as the Soviets were doing it? "It is heroic to work for the Soviet People". "Comrade Stalin says work hard. (Or else)". "A tractor a day keeps the KGB away" (I made up that last one). Of course, we had our "The world cannot be half free and half enslaved".
Propaganda is subtle. Back in 1954, the US was freaking out about te Soviet Union. We couldn't come up with many reasons why Communism was so awful, and our political system so great. Communism *looked* good, at least on paper. What makes our way so different? Someone figured out, "God". Communism was Godless; they were materialists, didn't even want people going to church. So we hammered on the Godless Commies. We even changed our Pledge of Allegiance to insert the words "under God", "One nation, under God...".
That's propaganda. No one questioned it then, though that was a violation of the separation of church and state. To question it would make you look like a Commie, and that would have been bad for you.
Of course, most propaganda is far more subtle than that. You're really not going to see many posters saying, "Report irregularities to Big Brother", or "Report those chanting wierdos". It will be more subtle, presented as news, documentaries, docu-dramas, movies, and other entertainment. It will show up in supposed debates that argue over some trivial point, while making unspoken assumptions that are never challenged. Kind of like arguing whether it's better to bomb Iran or N. Korea first, without deciding whether we should be bombing anyone.
My solution is to avoid mass media almost altogether, except ATS and a few news sources on the Internet. Even then, I seek news not just from the US, but from other countries, especially countries that don't much like us and won't use the same lies. They'll tell different lies. Of course, they all lie.
Propaganda today works on the subconscious.
All the government has to do to start a conspiracy theory is to deny something - anything at all. They only have to announce that there was absolutely *NOTHING* that happened agt Area 49. There was no debris from an unidentified craft. There were no witnesses or sightings. Next thing you know, people will be screaming for the truth, demanding that the government release all records about Area 49, under the FOIA. Say they fight that - OK, they eventually lose, and are forced to release the records. There's nothing in them, because in reality there never was any incident there. People will sceam "coverup!". No matter what happens, there will be a self-sustained conspiracy theory trying to get to the truth of Area 49. And while everyone is barking about Area 49, the government is pulling something over at Area 51 or wherever. The beauty of it is, the government doesn't have to fabricate any evidence. They don't have to do a blessed thing except *deny* the existence of evidence. That alone will get people screaming for the government to release it.
Think I'm full of it? Maybe I am.
In my worst moments, I sometimes wonder whether they created ATS, in order to gather together the most vocal and skeptical people to keep an eye on them.
In my opinion it's the "dark side" of corporate advertising and marketing. The corporations that own the media outlets have become so good at targeted advertising campaigns, that it didn't take much to go from selling "Drink Coke," to turning their "news" departments into the perfect public relations machines for big business, big government, and big lies. The kind of lies that are so big that they are hard to see.
To illustrate: If you can reach enough people with a lie it will seem to most people that surely if their friends and neighbors believe what they are being told then it must be true. Thus, no evidence has to be given in evidence of the veracity of the statement. Example: If I were to say "Britney Spears, Lyndsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, and Kim Kardashian are talented singers and actresses." Hopefully, you would say "No, they are not." But, if MTV, E, BET, VH1, Disney and the rest report on them daily, and sell their schlock as if it is good and worthwhile, then the sheeple will buy it up like good candy.
Originally posted by Exuberant1
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