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“Propaganda always wins,” said Leni Riefenstahl, “if you allow it.”
What is modern propaganda? For many, it is the lies of a totalitarian state. In the 1970s, I met Leni Riefenstahl and asked her about her epic films that glorified the Nazis. Using revolutionary camera and lighting techniques, she produced a documentary form that mesmerised Germans; her Triumph of the Will cast Hitler’s spell. She told me that the “messages” of her films were dependent not on “orders from above”, but on the “submissive void” of the German public. Did that include the liberal, educated bourgeoisie? “Everyone,” she said.
“People are stupid. They will believe a lie because they want to believe it's true, or because they are afraid it might be true.”
― Terry Goodkind, Wizard's First Rule
“To learn that it’s easier to be told by others what to think and believe than it is to think for yourself.”
THE GOOD NEWS (ha) is that with the digital age and the internet anyone and everyone can engage in their own propagandazing - or counter-propagandizing. On the down side is that there are virtually NO sources of trusted information any longer.
Originally posted by Phoenix267
reply to post by Invariance
Is there such a thing as truth. I find it impossible to really know the whole story. If we can know everything. What we need to do is survive and treat others and ourselves with respect.