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"Propaganda in the United States is spread by both government and media entities. Propaganda is information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to influence opinions. It's used in advertising, radio, newspaper, posters, books, television, and other media."  -  Propaganda in the United States - Wikipedia

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thkelly67 Presents: John Adams on Myth, Culture and Politics

 

The world is run as a commercial enterprise.

Oh say can you see by the light of the blinding & binding patriotic lies?

 

John Adams on Myth, Culture and Politics  source: thkelly67

"Published on Jun 21, 2017

John Adams returns to Our Interesting Times to discuss his research regarding historical myths and culture creation. We discuss two books: Michael Kammen's Mystic Chords of Memory and Jules Henry's Culture Against Men. We talk about how the oligarchs create and exploit historical myths to perpetuate their rule and the roles propaganda, advertising, mass trauma and technology have played in creating mass culture.  

John is a researcher and co-host of The Afternoon Commute, a podcast regularly featured on Hoax Busters Call."

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Mystic Chords of Memory: The Transformation of Tradition in American Culture By Michael Kammen

https://books.google.com/books?id=CyQF6pKZ61YC&pg=PA98&source=gbs_selected_pages&cad=3#v=onepage&q&f=false

 

Culture Against Man - Jules Henry

https://archive.org/details/pdfy-jpMBGO7CRp6i8FQD

 

"Science Of Coercion Communication Research Psychological Warfare"

"Communication research is a small but intriguing field in the social sciences. This relatively new specialty crystallized into a distinct discipline within sociology — complete with colleges, curricula, the authority to grant doctorates, and so forth — between about 1950 and 1955. Today it underlies most college- and graduate-level training for print and broadcast journalists, public relations and advertising personnel, and the related craftspeople who might be called the "ideological work- ers" of contemporary U.S. society."

"Government psychological warfare programs helped shape mass communication research into a distinct scholarly field, strongly influencing the choice of leaders and determining which of the competing scientific paradigms of communication would be funded, elaborated, and encouraged to prosper. The state usually did not directly determine what scientists could or could not say, but it did significantly influence the selection of who would do the "authoritative" talking in the field. This book takes up three tasks. First, it outlines the history of U.S. psychological warfare between 1945 and 1960, discussing the basic theories, activities, and administrative structure of this type of com- munication enterprise. Second, it looks at the contributions made by prominent mass communication researchers and institutions to that en- terprise. Third, it examines the impact of psychological warfare pro- grams on widely held preconceptions about communication and science within the field of communication research itself."

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War is good for engineering new technologies and industries, like global passenger airplane travel.

Wars alter culture and create new commercial opportunities. Wars are good for recruiting talent and test subjects. Wars and patriotic fervor shepherd the public and focus all of our effort into civilization building form. International banking interests have always used wars and tales of war to provide impetus for advancing globe culture and commercial "civilization". Wars and sea battles fought in far away places mean the average person cannot verify such activity and must rely on trusting the source of the "news". Word of mouth gives way to written word and eventually steam driven printing press. Telegraph becomes the telephone and eventually the wonderful world wide webbed, digitally enhanced and augmented, social media infested landscape of today. Wars and other sorts of existential crisis have always been used to keep humanity toiling away at turning the wheel of industry seemingly for eternity. "Brave" new worlds of a rainbow of products and manufactured identities associated with such products are the result and dividend of all the centuries long war bonding effort our ancestors and we have been exposed to.

How to Prevent Aircraft Stalls & Spins: "Quit Stalling--or Spin In" 1945 US Navy Pilot Training Film  source: Jeff Quitney

 
THE SCIENCE OF COERCION 

"Effective persuasion and propaganda were (and are) widely viewed as a relatively rational alternative to the extraordinary brutality and expense of conventional war. Persuasive mass communication can improve military operations without increasing casualties, its advocates contend, especially when encouraging a cornered enemy to surrender rather than fight to the death. Similarly, by supporting the morale and improving the command and control of their own forces, those who can exploit these techniques reap clear military advantages. More fundamentally, U.S. security agencies see propaganda and psychological warfare as a means to extend the influence of the U.S. government far beyond the territories that can be directly controlled by U.S. soldiers, and at a relatively modest cost."

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