These educational cartoons about the upcoming G8 conference
are easily some of the worst pieces of animation ever to be considered "educational." Could they be an attempt to create animated subversion from within? Or is it just par for the course when the government tries to sell the G8
to the youth of America? Oh, and if you like the cartoon, try testing your G8 IQ
Some say yes
, some say and no
some say yes to those who say no
(Contributors to this post have been: #mefites b1tr0t and esmerelda, as well as y2karl.)
Though you won’t hear about them
, there are dozens of Pentagon P.R. officers embedded with reporters in Iraq.
Saigon Poster Art
. "A Growing Collection of Pictures"
Propaganda - Disinformation: The Masters of the Lie What if the U.S. projected a holographic image of Allah floating over Baghdad urging the Iraqi people and Army to rise up against Saddam, a senior Air Force officer asked in 1990?
The hubris and racism of American Psyops, who knows what the military is plotting now?
Iraq's Aziz Says U.S. Attack Would Fail
This is a news story? What is the Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz supposed to say? "W. has been right all along, Saddam is a tyrant. We need to get him out. Even Saddam agrees he has gone to far." or "Now that you mention it, our military is a mess, the stuff we have bought is junk and your tanks will rip it to shreds."
"This trend of creating mass media to distribute propaganda methods is particularly frightening
-- usually the government agencies don't participate directly in mainstream media. It's the difference between using commercial airtime to broadcast anti-drug messages and having a nationwide government-run cable channel that runs programs devoted to the subject."
The government in question? The American one
. The Game? America's Army
Once again, in the U.S. we reap what we sow.
Now, I tend to be cynical when it comes to the activities of our government, but even I was shocked by the first two paragraphs of this article...
Pentagon Readies Efforts to Sway Sentiment Abroad
The latest in our propaganda war. Why not simply hire such notables as Britney Spears and other worthies to entertain, free, in countries that do not seem to appreciate what democracy and capitalism are able to showcase as why our system is so good?
US planes rain dollars on Afghanistan
Brings a whole new dimension to the term "throwing away taxpayers' money". What kind of logic does the US govt put behind a stunt like this?
Captures from a video of an attack on a Taliban BMP.
All I have to say is "holy crap." Graphic. Interesting. Discuss amongst yourselves.
A very interesting page on how to recognize and avoid emotionally-charged propaganda and political rhetoric. A broader question would be, how do you go about analyzing competing truth-claims made by environmentalists and anti-environmentalists, pro- and anti-gun control activists, Moonies, socialists, libertarians and capitalists? Are there any hard and fast rules you use to choose who and what to believe in a world of name calling and information glut?
This propaganda leaflet
is apparently being dropped in afghanistan by the American Military (taken from this msnbc story about the first american soldier to die from hostile fire
). Regardless of your opinion about propaganda, this seems rather sloppy. If the purpose of propaganda is to convince people of something, wouldn't you want to say it in a language they understand? Is the American military getting lazy / sloppy / over-confident? It looks like the propaganda leaflets from Desert storm
(1991), Desert Fox
(1998), and the bombing of Kosovo
were at least in the local languages. (Who knew there was a quarterly magazine
dedicated to aerial leaflet propaganda?)
"It's not propaganda, it's the truth"
Rumsfeld declared. OK, but leaflets with radio broadcasts
, and Information Programs
, is this the best we can do? How about some Daffy Goes to War
, even some inspirational Soviet
communist posters, as we do battle on the psyops
Emergency Broadcast Network: The Lost Tapes.
"Formed during the Persian Gulf War of 1990-91, E.B.N. created its first arsenal of counter-psy-ops programming, cleverly disguised as music videos, inspired by the spectacular media frenzy surrounding the war and its aftermath."
On the art of Propaganda
Propaganda is a vital part of warfare and we're about to see a lot of it. This site analyzes the techniques of propaganda and discusses specific examples from history.
BUY WAR BONDS!
An archive of vintage WWII posters, in case you've got a hankerin' for a little bit of that ol' timey propaganda.
Taiwan's ruling party receives some very controversial
assistance. 'The commercial opens with a 10-second clip from a Nazi propaganda film, showing Hitler raising his arms and putting his hands on his chest.'
"Hitler was chosen as one of the four leaders because he dared to speak his own mind,'' Juan said. Among former Taiwanese president, Castro & JFK are featured in the commercial. AP notes that Taiwanese lack a deep understanding of the Holocaust and at the same time are suprised to that Mao Tse-Tung is used as a pop symbol in the West...
Is this a case that warrants cultural relativism ?