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RE: Propaganda- Why You Think What You Think

Countries With illiteracy wrote:

I'd say countries with higher illiteracy rates are more effected by their country's propaganda. Americans for the most part can read and find a random british or canadian article about something. Countries where most people can't read and rely on others to tell them what is true, those countries are most effected by propaganda.

Don't agree. It's not about can you read or not but what you read if you can read. Go around your town and ask people what they are reading at present.

As for being "educated" that can mean many things. I happen to work in the education field, at a very high level as it's perceived, and I can assure you that these highly educated individuals are some of the most brainwashed people I've known in my life.

Now this doesn't even speak to the level of political consciousness. A Mexican peasant has a far higher level of political consciousness than the US suburbanite.

One of the huge problems, and geniuses of an effective propaganda system, is that many Americans think they are informed as they read the NY Times, WaPo, watch CNN and so forth.

Remember “Nayirah” and the story about babies in Kuwait supposedly being removed from incubators by Iraqis. That fable was cooked up by the PR firm Hill and Knowlton. The girl who gave the phony testimony was the daughter of the Kuwaiti Ambassador to the U.S. The man who ran Hill & Knowlton's Washington office was Craig Fuller, one of Bush's closest friends and inside political advisors.

How many educated, "well read", literate Americans believed this fable. It was well over two thirds according to polls.

“It is always a much easier task to educate uneducated people than to re-educate the mis-educated.”

― Herbert M. Shelton

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