A Proper Gander At Propaganda

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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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WWII and the Creator of Captain America: Jack Kirby's Tall Tales

 

The Show Must Go On: Fear, Patriotism and POW! BAM! ZAM! What Cartoon Fun!

"So he wrote a book called Propaganda around 1925, and it starts off by saying he is applying the lessons of the first World War. The propaganda system of the first World War and this commission that he was part of showed, he says, it is possible to "regiment the public mind every bit as much as an army regiments their bodies." These new techniques of regimentation of minds, he said, had to be used by the intelligent minorities in order to make sure that the slobs stay on the right course. We can do it now because we have these new techniques."

source: Propaganda by Edward Bernays (1928) - History Is A Weapon


CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS (1941) #1 

Published: March 01, 1941

"What better way to introduce a hero clad in the American flag during World War II than by showing him decking Hitler? Simple and effective, we have Joe Simon and Jack Kirby to thank for this one."

source: Captain America Comics (1941) #1 | Comics | Marvel.com

War is more comically fictional than most might want to know. Theater of war is an apt description. Wars bring about drastic cultural shifts. Wars and cartoon comic book heroes keep both the young and the overgrown children believing in Uncle Sam's power to keep everyone safe from imagined villainous threats of pulp fiction nightmare.

Cartoonish ideas inspired by institutionalized pseudo science shapes human minds. People end up buying into all sorts of ideas they really should be skeptical of. Patriotism and it's sidekick pseudoscience are loyal minions of governmental system. The government alone possesses what has turned out to be Hollywood-Platonic shadow projected military might. Photographic cartoon planes and bombs can't hurt anyone. Atom bombs and the rest of the so-called super powered weaponry government possesses is in reality nothing but smoke and mirror viewed through two dimensional virtual reality glasses. Tax money goes more for things like Hollywood special effects R&D, hotel chains and passenger jet airplanes, than towards things like real bombs and weaponry. Images of war work to motivate behavior just fine. Hollywood crafted images of war leave the audience with a very childish and distorted view of reality. Moving impressive special effects can not defy natural physical principle.

World War Two was a Hollywood newsreel war filled with USO bond selling national and international celebrity tours. Boys from all over America were drafted from their homes and were seemingly integrated into a coherent national identity. Wars are more contrived and scripted cultural paradigm changing events than real conflict. Wars are used to keep the mass population turning wheels of eternal industry and wars, like fake news horror stories, tend to keep people believing they need to pay their hard earned wages towards taxes for governmental protection. Wars make liberal use of cartoon phantom menaces. The North Korea nonsense of today's terror filled news headlines reveal the truth that the trusted journalist is in fact the true terrorist.

The pre-World War Two world was very different from the commercially Coca Cola connected, atomic death cult 'planet' of the post-World War Two world.

Nothing like shaping young minds with images of war.

"Comics often advocated for kids to support the war by buying war bonds or stamps. Both Marvel and DC Comics did this. While Batman, Superman, and Robin weren’t a part of the JSA, they were de facto members and in their own comics promoted the purchase of War Bonds with the World’s Finest Comics series:"

source: Home Front Friday: Comics and War Bonds | The National WWII ...

 

Strange Tales Presents: The Fantastic Tour

People have always fudged their credentials. Modern media means nothing is really new.

Word of mouth was the original medium for lying, an endeavor that only humans do.

WWII and the Creator of Captain America  source:  Today I Found Out 

These tales about Mr. Kirby are quite revealing. Embellished accounts are not new and artists should never be trusted to tell the truth. Comic book fictions were used during World War Two to sell war and war bonds to children.

 

Never Forget The Secret of Cooking Generational Frog Soup: A Extremely Long & Slow Boil

Before the age of passenger jet global connectivity, and today's digitally connected informational age, most people did not travel back and forth to places like Japan, Germany, or England, from the United States. Most people in an age before mass media like we have now, would know a whole let less about the rest of the world then we do now. World War Two was used as impetus to build a new order of easier world wide interactions. Prior to World War Two, global vacation-like travel was something left for the elites and perhaps some lucky lower class university students. Faking war overseas then becomes somewhat easier, especially in light of getting everyone to duck and cover underground while ghost army, spooky guys can play live action theater outside. As we all learned from 9/11, 2001, buildings are best deconstructed demolitions style, carefully rigged and managed.

 

Kicked to the curb by the Kirby Key

"They not only appealed to the individual by means of every approach—visual, graphic, and auditory—to support the national endeavor, but they also secured the cooperation of the key men in every group —persons whose mere word carried authority to hundreds or thousands or hundreds of thousands of followers. "

"It was, of course, the astounding success of propaganda during the war that opened the eyes of the intelligent few in all departments of life to the possibilities of regimenting the public mind. The American government and numerous patriotic agencies developed a technique which, to most persons accustomed to bidding for public acceptance, was new. They not only appealed to the individual by means of every approach—visual, graphic, and auditory—to support the national endeavor, but they also secured the cooperation of the key men in every group —persons whose mere word carried authority to hundreds or thousands or hundreds of thousands of followers. They thus automatically gained the support of fraternal, religious, commercial, patriotic, social and local groups whose members took their opinions from their accustomed leaders and spokesmen, or from the periodical publications which they were accustomed to read and believe. At the same time, the manipulators of patriotic opinion made use of the mental cliches and the emotional habits of the public to produce mass reactions against the alleged atrocities, the terror and the tyranny of the enemy. It was only natural, after the war ended, that intelligent persons should ask themselves whether it was not possible to apply a similar technique to the problems of peace."

source: Propaganda by Edward Bernays (1928) - History Is A Weapon

 

Welcome The War Stars: Coming Soon To A Theatre of War Near You

Do national and international Hollywood star tours really make sense during world wars?

Consider the logistics and dangers of war and the investment Hollywood had made in all those patriotic USO touring celebrities. Do USO tours really make sense if World War Two were as real as claimed? Hollywood really loves terror and war. Hollywood cranks out endless World War Two flicking fare. Hollywood exists to reinforce faith in the fake great nation state known as the United States of America.

United Service Organizations - Wikipedia

Team Hollywood's Secret Weapons System | History | Smithsonian

 

Comic Artists At War Crafting Modern Fairytale Narratives: Scripting Fictions To Believe In

The story below seems embellished to say the least. What do you think? A compelling narrative is more important than truth.

"With World War II underway, Liebowitz expected that Simon and Kirby would be drafted, so he asked the artists to create an inventory of material to be published in their absence. The pair hired writers, inkers, letterers, and colorists in order to create a year's worth of material. Kirby was drafted into the U.S. Army on June 7, 1943. After basic training at Camp Stewart, near Savannah, Georgia, he was assigned to Company F of the 11th Infantry Regiment. He landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy on August 23, 1944, two-and-a-half months after D-Day,[36] though Kirby's reminiscences would place his arrival just 10 days after. Kirby recalled that a lieutenant, learning that comics artist Kirby was in his command, made him a scout who would advance into towns and draw reconnaissance maps and pictures, an extremely dangerous duty. 

Kirby and his wife corresponded regularly by v-mail, with Roz sending "him a letter a day" while she worked in a lingerie shop and lived with her mother at 2820 Brighton 7th Street in Brooklyn. During the winter of 1944, Kirby suffered severe frostbite on his lower extremities and was taken to a hospital in London, England, for recovery. Doctors considered amputating Kirby's legs, but he eventually recovered from the frostbite.[40] He returned to the United States in January 1945, assigned to Camp Butner in North Carolina, where he spent the last six months of his service as part of the motor pool. Kirby was honorably discharged as a Private First Class on July 20, 1945, having received a Combat Infantryman Badge and a European/African/Middle Eastern Theater ribbon with Bronze Star Medal."

source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Kirby#Marriage_and_World_War_II_.281943.E2.80.931945.29

 

Presenting A Proper Gander at The Modern Art of War

Don't be afraid of Hollywood photographic effects. Darkroom magic is as old as photography itself. Pictures have always easily lied.

Oil painted renderings of supposed historical events become twentieth century moving photographic fact.

Hollywood crafted scale models are the secret WMD of the 20th C.

The Rainbow Bombs Documentary  source: Joshua Bonini

 

Small Groups Remote Control The Mass of Slobs

" The new propaganda, having regard to the constitution of society as a whole, not infrequently serves to focus and realize the desires of the masses. A desire for a specific reform, however widespread, cannot be translated into action until it is made articulate, and until it has exerted sufficient pressure upon the proper law-making bodies. Millions of housewives may feel that manufactured foods deleterious to health should be prohibited. But there is little chance that their individual desires will be translated into effective legal form unless their halfexpressed demand can be organized, made vocal, and concentrated upon the state legislature or upon the Federal Congress in some mode which will produce the results they desire. Whether they realize it or not, they call upon propaganda to organize and effectuate their demand.  But clearly it is the intelligent minorities which need to make use of propaganda continuously and systematically. In the active proselytizing minorities in whom selfish interests and public interests coincide lie the progress and development of America. Only through the active energy of the intelligent few can the public at large become aware of and act upon new ideas. Small groups of persons can, and do, make the rest of us think what they please about a given subject. But there are usually proponents and opponents of every propaganda, both of whom are equally eager to convince the majority."

source: Propaganda by Edward Bernays (1928) - History Is A Weapon

 

The Truth Is On Screen Occulted By Simple Allegory: Star Spangled Man With A Plan

USO Tours Evolve Into Endless And Continuous Pop Music Concert Tours

Star Spangled Man With A Plan  source: Kouryuuriverrat

War bond - Wikipedia

 

When EF Hutton Whispers...

"If you can influence the leaders, either with or without their conscious cooperation, you automatically influence the group which they sway. But men do not need to be actually gathered together in a public meeting or in a street riot, to be subject to the influences of mass psychology. Because man is by nature gregarious he feels himself to be member of a herd, even when he is alone in his room with the curtains drawn. His mind retains the patterns which have been stamped on it by the group influences. A man sits in his office deciding what stocks to buy. He imagines, no doubt, that he is planning his purchases according to his own judgment. In actual fact his judgment is a melange of impressions stamped on his mind by outside influences which unconsciously control his thought. He buys a certain railroad stock because it was in the headlines yesterday and hence is the one which comes most prominently to his mind; because he has a pleasant recollection of a good dinner on one of its fast trains; because it has a liberal labor policy, a reputation for honesty; because he has been told that J. P. Morgan owns some of its shares. 

Trotter and Le Bon concluded that the group mind does not think in the strict sense of the word. In place of thoughts it has impulses, habits and emotions. In making up its mind its first impulse is usually to follow the example of a trusted leader. This is one of the most firmly established principles of mass psychology. It operates in establishing the rising or diminishing prestige of a summer resort, in causing a run on a bank, or a panic on the stock exchange, in creating a best seller, or a box-office success."

source: Propaganda by Edward Bernays (1928) - History Is A Weapon

 

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF PUBLIC RELATIONS

"The systematic study of mass psychology revealed to students the potentialities of invisible government of society by manipulation of the motives which actuate man in the group. Trotter and Le Bon, who approached the subject in a scientific manner, and Graham Wallas, Walter Lippmann and others who continued with searching studies of the group mind, established that the group has mental characteristics distinct from those of the individual, and is motivated by impulses and emotions which cannot be explained on the basis of what we know of individual psychology. So the question naturally arose: If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, is it not possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without their knowing it?

The recent practice of propaganda has proved that it is possible, at least up to a certain point and within certain limits. Mass psychology is as yet far from being an exact science and the mysteries of human motivation are by no means all revealed. But at least theory and practice have combined with sufficient success to permit us to know that in certain cases we can effect some change in public opinion with a fair degree of accuracy by operating a certain mechanism, just as the motorist can regulate the speed of his car by manipulating the flow of gasoline. Propaganda is not a science in the laboratory sense, but it is no longer entirely the empirical affair that it was before the advent of the study of mass psychology. It is now scientific in the sense that it seeks to base its operations upon definite knowledge drawn from direct observation of the group mind, and upon the application of principles which have been demonstrated to be consistent and relatively constant

The modern propagandist studies systematically and objectively the material with which he is working in the spirit of the laboratory. If the matter in hand is a nation-wide sales campaign, he studies the field by means of a clipping service, or of a corps of scouts, or by personal study at a crucial spot He determines, for example, which features of a product are losing their public appeal, and in what new direction the public taste is veering. He will not fail to investigate to what extent it is the wife who has the final word in the choice of her husband's car, or of his suits and shirts. 

Scientific accuracy of results is not to be expected, because many of the elements of the situation must always be beyond his control. He may know with a fair degree of certainty that under favorable circumstances an international flight will produce a spirit of good will, making possible even the consummation of political programs. But he cannot be sure that some unexpected event will not overshadow this flight in the public interest, or that some other aviator may not do something more spectacular the day before. Even in his restricted field of public psychology there must always be a wide margin of error. Propaganda, like economics and sociology, can never be an exact science for the reason that its subject-matter, like theirs, deals with human beings.

But when the example of the leader is not at hand and the herd must think for itself, it does so by means of cliches, pat words or images which stand for a whole group of ideas or experiences. Not many years ago, it was only necessary to tag a political candidate with the word interests to stampede millions of people into voting against him, because anything associated with "the interests" seemed necessarily corrupt. Recently the word Bolshevik has performed a similar service for persons who wished to frighten the public away from a line of action. By playing upon an old cliche, or manipulating a new one, the propagandist can sometimes swing a whole mass of group emotions. In Great Britain, during the war, the evacuation hospitals came in for a considerable amount of criticism because of the summary way in which they handled their wounded. It was assumed by the public that a hospital gives prolonged and conscientious attention to its patients. When the name was changed to evacuation posts the critical reaction vanished. No one expected more than an adequate emergency treatment from an institution so named. The cliche hospital was indelibly associated in the public mind with a certain picture. To persuade the public to discriminate between one type of hospital and another, to dissociate the cliche from the picture it evoked, would have been an impossible task. Instead, a new cliche automatically conditioned the public emotion toward these hospitals. 

Men are rarely aware of the real reasons which motivate their actions. A man may believe that he buys a motor car because, after careful study of the technical features of all makes on the market, he has concluded that this is the best. He is almost certainly fooling himself. He bought it, perhaps, because a friend whose financial acumen he respects bought one last week; or because his neighbors believed he was not able to afford a car of that class; or because its colors are those of his college fraternity."

source: Propaganda by Edward Bernays (1928) - History Is A Weapon