“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
-- Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, Nazi Germany
What is propaganda?
How has it affected history?
How does it affect you today?
We'll be exploring this fascinating topic over the course of several posts, and hopefully by the end of the series we will all be more aware of the mass mind-control and manipulation that has controlled our perceptions since the time we were able to read or watch TV.
Does propaganda still exist today?
You had better believe it!
Like a fish born into a fishbowl,
and being fed by unseen hands,
someone other than you has been in control of everything that you take for granted.
And like that fish,
many people don't care who is feeding them,
or what they are being fed,
as long as they continue to receive a steady supply of
from the hands of the providers.
That poor fish may never realize what a wonderful wide world awaits
beyond the fishbowl...
endless oceans of possibilities exist
beyond the poor fishes perception.
like a living frog placed in a pot of water,
we will likely sit placidly and meekly,
as the hand that provides
turns up the flames beneath us
cooks the very life right out of us.
"But Mr. Apocolyte," you might say, "isn't some propaganda actually good?
It isn't all lies, is it?"
"Yeah, some of it is patriotic, and I love my country!", says another.
So do I, friend.
And I love my fellow man as well,
which is why we all need to
wake up, and smell the propaganda.
"Well, if I'm going to die, I'd rather die in my sleep, and not know what was coming!"
Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it.
Now, as I begin to poke and prod you awake,
let's enjoy some cartoons, shall we?
No need to pull back the curtain too far, too soon, is there?
During World War II, the United States produced many films designed at educating the public as well as instilling a sense of patriotism. Several films of excellent quality were made by Walt Disney. These films are enjoyable to watch, highly entertaining, and creatively composed.
They are also persuasive propaganda at some of it's finest.
Here is the classic EDUCATION FOR DEATH!
Here's an entertaining little stop-motion animation WWII propaganda film (not by Disney)
called BURY THE AXIS!
(you'll want to crank up the volume, the sound quality is low)
Now what would WWII propaganda be without a talking nazi duck?
Donald Duck stars in
DER FUEHRER'S FACE!
Finally, here is an enjoyable and visually stunning bit of an oddity from Disney called
VICTORY THROUGH AIR POWER!
That wasn't so bad now, was it?
We had fun and we learned something!
Whetting your appetite a bit?
Starting to get interested? Maybe a little?
Waking up just a tiny bit, are we?
Well, we're just getting warmed up, friend!
I WANT YOU...
...to join me next time for
PROPAGANDA AND YOU - Part 2!