posted on Jun, 27 2016 @ 05:39 AM
I love these comments. I was typing out my extended thoughts on propaganda and the mainstream media when I hit the wrong button and lost it all. These
comments eased the pain of my on clumsiness.
I don't trust anything I see in the media on the surface. I try to only look at it through the perspective of what purpose the propagandists hopes it
will serve...what domino effects of causes will occur, what seeds of thought will be planted, which groups and sub-groups will be antagonized, what
future reality are people being conditioned to accept, stuff like that. This is especially true if the story is something that gets me excited because
the entire purpose of propaganda is to create thoughtless acceptance and/or action by evoking powerful emotion.
Here are some great quotes that I've been thinking over lately that speak to the definition and purpose of propaganda. The last one is from that damn
Edward Bernays, who I'm sure gets mentioned from time to time.
"When the public believes that the enemy began the war and blocks a permanent, profitable and godly peace, the propagandist has achieved his purpose.
But to make assurance doubly sure, it is safe to fortify the mind of the nation with examples of the insolence and depravity of the enemy.......Thus,
by a circularity of psychological reaction the guilty is the satanic and the satanic is the guilty." Harold Lasswell
“To be effective, propaganda must constantly short-circuit all thought and decision. It must operate on the individual at the level of the
unconscious. He must not know that he is being shaped by outside forces." Jacques Ellul
"Modern propaganda is a consistent, enduring effort to create or shape events to influence the relations of the public to an enterprise, idea or
group.This practice of creating circumstances and of creating pictures in the minds of millions of persons is very common. Virtually no important
undertaking is now carried on without it, whether that enterprise be building a cathedral, endowing a university, marketing a moving picture, floating
a large bond issue, or electing a president. Sometimes the effect on the public is created by a professional propagandist, sometimes by an amateur
deputed for the job. The important thing is that it is universal and continuous; and in its sum total it is regimenting the public mind every bit as
much as much as an army regiments the bodies of its soldiers." Bernays