Sunday, November 20, 2005

Propaganda 99

"The Chinese People's Liberation Army is the great school of Mao Zedong Thought"
 circa 1969
From Stefan Landsberger's Chinese Propaganda Poster Pages

We may find artwork such as the Mao poster to be amusing, and feel at least faintly proud that our government, here in the USA, does not publish things like that.  Those of you who are amused and faintly proud might be interested in this remedial course, Propaganda 99.

Probably all governments engage in propaganda.  Surely, any of the Administrations in the history of US government could be accused of such infractions.  

In this post, I propose an idiosyncratic definition of the term propaganda, and lecture in my usual stultifying fashion about what it is and is not, then give examples to illustrate the points I make.  I conclude with an offer for others to help create a new blog that would serve as a remedial course in government propaganda.  Continue reading here.