reply to post by patmac
meh, scene by scene would probably be overkill, although every scene counts in animation.
i'll just pick a few key points, you probably won't even bother to read this far, every scene is a major waste of time.
it starts off telling you it comes from harding college's extension program and illustrates why they think "america [is] the finest place in the
world to live". this marks it out a propaganda.
they kick it off with "god save the queen", the british national anthem, playing behind a picture of the statue of liberty, a light bearing queen
type. dunno, seems symbolic to me, but i could be giving the good people of the harding college to much credit.
then you have a ton of various floating heads scrolling up against the flag, there is one brown face in the crowd, we'll meet him again in a minute
or so, he's the "bad guy" with the snake oil.
we then get a few different rose tinted ideas of "what america is". right in the middle you get a view which shows various "creeds and religions"
with a blond arian chick sitting upright and looking determined front and center while the ethnic kids look dumb and lazy in the background.
the next thing i noticed is the headline on john q publics paper, it reads "blatt strike farm riots inflation", i've no idea what blatt means, but
i get the message that strikes and farm riots cause inflation.
then we have some rubbish about an american having an idea for the car, which was invented and developed in europe. dunno why they picked the car, it
must have suited the story they wanted to sell regardless of the details being accurate.
here's the pyramid bit.
they describe how capitalists are "friends and family" which help the management set up the business altruistically, they don't believe in the
project but they believe in the man. the management then take an unemployed man and made him "skilled labour"and that this creates a mutually
beneficial relationship. everybody wins and everybody should be grateful fo their part in the project. it's what makes america great.
at that point things seem to go a bit alice in wonderland, clearly they are demonising stalin's regime in russia, but the fact that they keep calling
it "ism" means that it becomes the same as communism or socialism.
then you have an interesting little sentence which is worth quoting, "when anybody preaches disunity, tries to pit one of us against the other
through class warfare, race hatred or religious intolerance, you know that person seeks to rob us of our freedom and destroy our very lives", this
means that if you speak against the injustice of inequality, you are attempting kidnap and murder. what a line.
my point is, there are repeated attempts to show the drive for equality and the power of the masses for the good of the masses as being "bad" while
the unequal capitalist system is repeatedly claimed to be the only path to freedom.
the propaganda i fairly typical for the US, fair enough, but it is what it is.
[edit on 23/10/09 by pieman]