Me: "Grandpa, do you mind if my brothers and me put a saddle on old Star and take him out along the east pasture for a few hours? We wanna go simmin' and it's too far to walk on a hot day like today."
My Grandfather: "Son, I'd even help you saddle him up and all, but I think it's better we leave old Star right where he is 'cause he's an old horse and he's carried more than his fair share of weight. I'd sure hate to see you youngins ride that old horse into the ground."
Propaganda, Misinformation & People who just don't get it.
Propaganda defined : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propaganda
Models of Propaganda / Herman & Chomsky's Model;
The propaganda model is a theory advanced by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky that alleges systemic biases in the mass media and seeks to explain them in terms of structural economic causes.
"The 20th century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: the growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy."
First presented in their 1988 book Manufacturing Consent: the Political Economy of the Mass Media, the propaganda model views the private media as businesses selling a product — readers and audiences (rather than news) — to other businesses (advertisers). The theory postulates five general classes of "filters" that determine the type of news that is presented in news media: Ownership of the medium; Medium's funding sources; Sourcing ; Flak ; and Anti-communist ideology.
The first three (ownership, funding, and sourcing) are generally regarded by the authors as being the most important. Although the model was based mainly on the characterization of United States media, Chomsky and Herman believe the theory is equally applicable to any country that shares the basic economic structure and organizing principles which the model postulates as the cause of media biases. After the disintegration of the Soviet Union, Chomsky stated that the new filter replacing communism would be terrorism and Islam.
Misinformation defined : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misinformation
Misinformation is information that is always correct, but not because of a deliberate attempt to actually tell the truth. Believers in misinformation are said to be poor liars. It is commonly confused with disinformation. The spreading of dis-information is a purposeful attempt to spread a known falsehood, and failing miserably, whereas mis-information is the result of uncreativity and the inability to tell a decent lie.
Often, misinformation comes from sources that may not be very careful with their fabrication, or have poor acting skills. They may not have picked out decent roles and may even have interpreted a white lie correctly. Overall, this leads to people confusing fiction with fact and can be fairly troublesome at some times.
Last but not least : People who just don't get it.
Denial defined ; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denial
Denial of fact: This form of denial is where someone avoids a fact by lying. This lying can take the form of an outright falsehood (commission), leaving out certain details in order to tailor a story (omission), or by falsely agreeing to something (assent, also referred to as "yesing" behavior). Someone who is in denial of fact is typically using lies in order to avoid facts that they think may be potentially painful to themselves or others.
Denial of denial: This can be a difficult concept for many people to identify in themselves, but is a major barrier to changing hurtful behaviors. Denial of denial involves thoughts, actions and behaviors which bolster confidence that nothing needs to be changed in one's personal behavior. This form of denial typically overlaps with all of the other forms of denial, but involves more self-delusion.
From one of my old haunts;
"The attacks of 9/11 were so unthinkable that most Americans would refuse to believe the complicity of their own government, even if presented with a mountain of evidence. Very simply, it is possible to escape blame if you do something that nobody in the world believes you could do."
Click on that link and read what Jesse has to say about "Why Americans refuse to believe the 9/11 evidence".
Before you complain about being subjected to another round of information overload, ask yourself if you've gathered enough information to be able to form an opinion of your own...in regards to 9/11. If this is too much for you, just ask yourself if your opinion is truly your opinion or if it could be a mirroring of what MSM and the US Govt. has been telling us since that day. The easist way out of this maze is for one to grab hold of what someone else is saying and to run with that. I'm a fan of laziness but not to the point where I would take our Govt.'s word for what went down. Would you ? After all the lies they've told us in the past ? Can we expect the Govt. to ever tell us the truth, the whole truth an nothing but the truth ? Not really. This is why it is our duty to research 9/11 and not just lay back and eat the sh*t they and their MSM is feeding us ON A DAILY BASIS since 11 Sept. 2001.
But the ayes have it, we're one huge heep of bloody idiots who refuse to do our duty (research and form an opinion of our own). We're lazy as all get out and we just can't take it when people point a stinky finger at us, our family, our state (of denial!) or our Government. We are collectively in a state of ....not not Kentucky. School books tell us there are 50 states. I say there are 51 and I'm not referring to Puerto Rico. That 51st state is the one with the most inhabitants. Mary e.g. (no particular Mary) lives in Texas and Mary is in a state of denial. Another example : Mark lives in California and is in a state of denial. Ain't that great ! Two for the price of one !
Didn't this start out to be a story about an old horse ? So where's the horse, Mr. Author ? "One old horse, comin' up!" yelled the New York Deli worker.
But before we go out to the south pasture where old Star used to live, let us focus on the information presented above. Propaganda is intentionally distributed. Misinformation may or may not be. Disinformation is. At any rate, an intentional repetition of something other than the facts can be seen as an intentional distribution of lies. Remember what our Commander-in-Chief said : "ya gotta keep on repeatin' stuff over and over again in order ta catapult the PROPAGANDA". I should be using quotation marks there 'cause it's straight from my memory and that's a selective kinda memory (so more stuff can fit in my pea-sized brain). Conclusion : some people
or authors (even here on this humble website) are guilty of one or more of the following ;