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Propaganda, Human Consciousness, And The Future Of Civilization

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  • A duck floats past two fish, looks down and says “Morning boys! How’s the water?” The fish swim on for a bit, then one of them turns to the other and says, “What the fuck is water?”
  • Whenever the mass media converge unanimously upon a single narrative, your default assumption should be that you are being propagandized. --Caitlin Johnstone
  • Related: How America Lost Its Mind

Caitlin Johnstone, The Greanville Post

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http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/under-newspaper.jpgAugust 26, 2017 | Corporatist propaganda is to western civilization what water is to fish. Our culture is saturated in it; it informs so many levels of our worldview and most of us never even examine any of them. It informs all aspects of culture, from our beliefs about what’s going on in the world to our understanding of history to what issues we think we’re supposed to care about on a given day to what opinions we think we’re allowed to choose from. People think they know what’s going on in their society, why their country fought this or that war, how their nation’s government and economy operate, when really they don’t know any of those things. All their most basic assumptions about their world, their culture, and even who they are as individuals is fully pervaded by mass media propaganda narratives.

In early tribal cultures, humans depended on campfire stories passed on from one generation to the next to tell them what the world is and how to interpret their experiences in it. Now that role has fallen exclusively to a few highly consolidated corporate media conglomerates whose billionaire owners have a vested interest in maintaining the warmongering plutocratic power establishment that is loosely centralized in the United States, because in that power establishment they get to live as kings.

http://www.greanvillepost.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/caitlinJohnstone-face234-303x300.jpgCaitlin Johnstone is a brave journalist, political junkie, relentless feminist, champion of the 99 percent. And a powerful counter-propaganda tactician. 

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How America Lost Its Mind, Kurt Andersen, The Atlantic

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The nation’s current post-truth moment is the ultimate expression of mind-sets that have made America exceptional throughout its history.

This article has been adapted from Kurt Andersen’s book Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire—A 500-Year History, to be published in September by Random House.
Related: America's Embrace of Willful Ignorance

 

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