I’d like to rant about propaganda; my apologies if I stuck this thread in the wrong forum...feel free to stick it somewhere else.
This is nothing new to many, but it might be new to some.
My position is that we are all brainwashed idiots behaving exactly as we’ve been programmed; spending our lives acting out false roles that don’t
ever come close to reflecting our true beliefs or values, because we have no idea what they might be. Instead of living our own lives, we playback
programming, mimicking Pavlovian propaganda which is all we’ve ever known.
The proof that you’re just a Sock Puppet is everywhere; propaganda is nothing new; it is old as sapience.
Like Shakespeare said, all the world’s a stage, but we aren’t players as much as we’re played. We’ve been played like Howdy Doody.
First, a definition:
noun ˌprä-pə-ˈgan-də, ˌprō-
capitalized : a congregation of the Roman curia having jurisdiction over missionary territories and related institutions
: the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person
: ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one's cause or to damage an opposing cause; also : a public action having such an effect
— pro•pa•gan•dist -dist noun or adjective
— pro•pa•gan•dis•tic -ˌgan-ˈdis-tik adjective
— pro•pa•gan•dis•ti•cal•ly -ti-k(ə-)lē adverb
We’re all propagandists in our own ways…I’m propagandizing you now, but I promise I’ll call you tomorrow.
Here’s my shtick:
No one can deny that every society has its dominant members, and few can argue that dominant members of society will use their elevated social
positions to remain dominant. Who can deny the role propaganda would play in such an effort? Dominant members of society (DMS) have always used
whatever medium was available at the time to get their messages out. Through printing presses or Television, they would do their best to generate:
“ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one's cause or to damage an opposing cause;”
This is the reasoning behind the time worn axiom “history is written by the victors. Who can deny that throughout history, the DMS have had more
victories than the less dominant members of society (LDMS).
Identifying propaganda isn’t hard: …as with anything it’s important to ask “cui bono”?
The Bible and other religious texts are prime examples of ancient totalitarian propaganda benefiting an easily identifiable selection of DMS.
It’s no news to anyone with a pulse that Religion in general is a very powerful propaganda tool effective for:
“: the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person”
How about Science? I know people who are religious fanatics about science; don’t even try to question certain dogmatic and unassailable facts:
“The Enlightenment” is an example of propaganda which elevates scientists to a DMS status. Who can deny the illustrious status scientists enjoy
in today’s society? Scientists of today can easily be compared to priests of yesterday, both using available media to push their propaganda.
What’s that you say; scientists don’t torture? I beg to differ: www.imdb.com...
Darwin’s theory as a subset of the Enlightenment is propaganda which benefits a selection of DMS too…namely those who were already in the most
favorable positions for a world where “jungle rules” rule.
Was the printing press really a great achievement for mankind, or was it just a great achievement for DMS who then had more efficient media for their
How about more recently? With the advent of mass media like Radio and Television, propagandists were able to reach vast audiences. Once it was
deemed enough radios were distributed to the LDMS, the DMS needed to do a test of its effectiveness. I imagine they were delighted with the
How about Televison? Are these real events or just propaganda? Do theses memes benefit the LDMS or the DMS?
Because of evidence like Operation Mockingbird, I maintain all of history is a lie, that’s my propagandist message to you Sock Puppets
You’re all a bunch of brainwashed idiots and these people even said as much but you choose to ignore them:
"In March, 1915, the J.P. Morgan interests, the steel, shipbuilding, and powder interest, and their subsidiary organizations, got together 12 men high
up in the newspaper world and employed them to select the most influential newspapers in the United States and sufficient number of them to control
generally the policy of the daily press. … They found it was only necessary to purchase the control of 25 of the greatest papers. An agreement was
reached; the policy of the papers was bought, to be paid for by the month; an editor was furnished for each paper to properly supervise and edit
information regarding the questions of preparedness, militarism, financial policies, and other things of national and international nature considered
vital to the interests of the purchasers."
“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that
" Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the (U.S.) media."
“History is a set of lies agreed upon.”
“The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media.”
Edward Bernays (1891-1995) "Father" of modern public relations (PR) and director of the U.S. Committee on Public Information during World War I, on
government propaganda; he was also notably Sigmund Freud’s cousin.
“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in Democratic society. Those
who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. Our minds are
molded, our tastes are formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.”
William Casey, CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)
“We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.”
One night, probably in 1880, John Swinton, then the preeminent New York journalist, was the guest of honour at a banquet given him by the leaders
of his craft. Someone who knew neither the press nor Swinton offered a toast to the independent press. Swinton outraged his colleagues by replying:
"There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it.
"There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid
weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you
who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in
one issue of my paper, before twenty_four hours my occupation would be gone.
"The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his
country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press?
"We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our
possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes."
(Source: Labor's Untold Story, by Richard O. Boyer and Herbert M. Morais, published by United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America, NY,
edit on Sat Feb 19 2011 by DontTreadOnMe because: added ex tags