Propaganda

Propaganda Film Trailer

prop·a·gan·da [prop-uh-gan-duh] noun:

1. Information of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.

Propaganda, we all use it whether or not we are consciously aware of it. The mark of an enlightened mind is the awareness of our own personal biases and the conscious minimization of these biases whenever possible. However, despite our best efforts; I would argue that a certain degree of propaganda is inescapable and permeates our daily lives. We may use it to secure a job interview, to woo a romantic interest, or to convince a friend or colleague of a certain viewpoint. It can be seen as a short-cut, a way of convincing others without forcing them to engage in the kind of critical thought necessary to elucidate the truth which can often times be intellectually challenging and exhausting.

More importantly and possibly more damaging is that fact that propaganda is constantly being used on us as consumers, voters, and spectators. In this age of mass media and labyrinthine social networking, propaganda has become an ever more powerful force shaping the thoughts, beliefs, and biases of countless individuals. I encourage you to devote 95 minutes of your time to watching this recent documentary (mockumentary?). The film was supposedly leaked out of North Korea in 2012 and offers a scathing critique of Western culture and ideology. Those familiar with the ideas of Noam Chomsky will be quite familiar with many of the themes presented; however, those without exposure to his theories may find the film simultaneously disturbing and eye-opening.

Nothing is to be taken at face value, everything may be propaganda of one sort or another, including, of course, the film itself.

The movie can be streamed online for free over YouTube
(where it was originally uploaded by its creator):

Propaganda Poster

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