Today is Sunday. Today, I thought about a cup, yes, a cup. You know, if you fill an empty cup with coffee and you pour it out; coffee comes out. Milk doesn’t come out. Orange juice doesn’t come out. A chocolate mocha latte doesn’t come out. Coffee comes out. If something other than coffee does not come out, then the only obvious solution is that coffee did not go into the empty cup in the first place.
We can all understand this. But, we suspend all logic and judgement when we talk about fake news.
If a story is filled with suppositions, theories, shoddy, manipulated or no evidence, it remains a story of suppositions, theories, and shoddy evidence, manipulated evidence or no evidence. It doesn’t somehow emerge as a factual piece of brilliant journalism.
It’s exactly the same with people. Those who fill themselves with lies, with greed, with hatred, with racism, with hatred are going to pour out the same.
Learn to watch those in power, those who control information. What kind of information are they putting out.
Hitler had a master minister of propaganda in Joseph Goebbels. Here are just some of Goebbels principles:
Propagandist must have access to intelligence concerning events and public opinion.
Declassified, operational information must be available to implement a propaganda campaign
To be perceived, propaganda must evoke the interest of an audience and must be transmitted through an attention-getting communications medium.
Propaganda may be facilitated by leaders with prestige.
Propaganda must be carefully timed.
A propaganda theme must be repeated, but not beyond some point of diminishing effectiveness
Propaganda must label events and people with distinctive phrases or slogans.
Propaganda to the home front must create an optimum anxiety level.
Propaganda must reinforce anxiety concerning the consequences of defeat
Propaganda must facilitate the displacement of aggression by specifying the targets for hatred.
Propaganda cannot immediately affect strong counter-tendencies; instead it must offer some form of action or diversion, or both.
Does this happen today? History always repeats itself because we do not learn.
peace my friends….
ps; Happy Birthday Jeremy