[lbo-talk] American Idiocracy redux

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Sat Apr 30 22:08:21 PDT 2011

----- Original Message ----- From: "Shane Mage" <shmage at pipeline.com>

On Apr 30, 2011, at 9:41 PM, Wojtek S wrote:
> ...I just do no tbelieve that public views can be totally
> manipulated by the corporate
> media - my experience from Eastern Europe was that propaganda had
> little effect when it went against the grain of popular beliefs and
> myths...

Surely you must remember that your "Actually Existing Socialist" headfixers were green with envy of Madison Avenue--whose techniques of mass manipulation were infantile compared to those of today's media empires.

Shane Mage


How very, very true. There is no comparison in the sophistication of Madison Avenue vs eastern european propaganda. When I came to the U.S. and was told that there was brainwashing under communism, but under capitalism everyone was free to think for themselves, it was all I could do not to laugh out loud.


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