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  • Blackadder
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    Of course, Pete, the Nazis had a very effective propagand machine and likewise, the Americans have a very volitile audience AND war machine. It's a good thing they can't read maps.

  • Pete
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    ....fair and balanced..... IS the loophole.

    The first rule of propaganda is: Unless one presents all the facts one cannot do a good job of distorting the truth.

    The problem is neither left nor right nor extreme for that matter(IMHO), the problem is context.

    Telling the discerning masses your opinion and using hyperbole or rhetoric as the literary device is one thing. The same text delivered to the mob mentality qualifies as incitement.

    It is not necessarily the volatility of the message that is the weapon but the volitile audience. The Nazis had the German/Prussian war machine - in Rawanda they had clubs and machetes -relatively benign without hate.

    We have met the enemy and he is us - Walt Kelly

  • Blackadder
    July 01, 2010 - 19:47

    Of course, Pete, the Nazis had a very effective propagand machine and likewise, the Americans have a very volitile audience AND war machine. It's a good thing they can't read maps.

  • Pete
    July 01, 2010 - 19:43

    ....fair and balanced..... IS the loophole.

    The first rule of propaganda is: Unless one presents all the facts one cannot do a good job of distorting the truth.

    The problem is neither left nor right nor extreme for that matter(IMHO), the problem is context.

    Telling the discerning masses your opinion and using hyperbole or rhetoric as the literary device is one thing. The same text delivered to the mob mentality qualifies as incitement.

    It is not necessarily the volatility of the message that is the weapon but the volitile audience. The Nazis had the German/Prussian war machine - in Rawanda they had clubs and machetes -relatively benign without hate.

    We have met the enemy and he is us - Walt Kelly