Living in a Propaganda Society
America is incredible at displaying our past heroics. As a child, I grew up believing that our great country was responsible for bringing balance and justice to our world. America, being seen as the voice of reason. Only resulting to violence when provoked first.
I remember Columbus and MLK day. I remember learning of the peace we brought to the land. I remember hearing the tales of the indigenous struggles. I remember the stories of the white man saving the day. I remember hearing of a black southern pastor using his words to bring justice. I wasn’t sure what he was fighting for, but I knew we had to respect him. I remember he died. I wasn’t sure why or how, but that he was important to honor.
But as I got older, the puzzle pieces began to fall into place.
There was no peace that we brought to the indigenous people’s land. WE were the struggles. WE were the violence. WE were the sickness, the rape, the slavery. Instead of learning the true past of the birth of America, we learned a facade. A whitewashed embellished story of camaraderie. A tale of feasts, and learning to farm in a foreign land.
I remember learning the truth to that Southern Christian Leadership Conference leader. I remember the hatred that was imposed against this peaceful leader. But most importantly, I remember the white man who assassinated this leader. I was taught that Martin Luther King Jr. was a member of a movement that made America honorable. And yet, his disapproval ratings were above 75%. I remember being taught that he allowed for black and white Americans to embrace and move forward as equals, and yet black men are being killed in the streets to this day.
I remember learning of the greatest propaganda countries this world has seen. The USSR, North Korea, China, and Nazi Germany.
But why isn’t America on that list?
American education has hardwired false ideas into the minds of young people since the beginning of time.
Why did America interfere with WWII? That’s easy, we were trying to free our Jewish brothers and sisters from the internment camps.
WRONG. We were looking for revenge after the Pearl Harbor attacks.
Obviously, yes. We did learn the true reasoning in our history classes. But this was well after our brains were already sculpted. By doing some basis research, it is proven that 3rd grade is the most important year to learning. This is where reading and the retaining of information is crucial. This is also where we learn very basis historical knowledge. But the contents of this knowledge is questionable. This is where I was able to understand that we entered one of the largest and bloodiest wars of all time, to ensure the religious freedoms of these great people.
And it stuck.
It wasn’t until my junior year of high school that I was able to adjust these wires in my brain to understand the truth.
So why are we learning the embellished truth at such a young age?
Because wouldn’t we rather believe that America is the hero amidst a world of greed and violence? At least if we cannot retain the truth, we will be stuck with a fever dream of Uncle Sam’s greasy chiseled body grabbing all dames in distress and carrying them to safety and freedom all the while holding 13 sparklers in one hand and 50 between his toes.
But this isn’t the only problem. Now, we not only have to rely on our education system, but we also have to rely on our pocket-computers. A cellphone with the ability to connect with any other human in the world. All of which, have their own personal agenda.
Call me a conspiracy theorist, but since the introduction of these devices, the concept of “trusted adult,” has gone out the window. We no longer have to focus on just our vetted and trusted teachers. Instead, we have a competition of fact.
Multiple news media sites displaying multiple different opinions based on one singular situation. So who do we trust? At least when it was teachers, they were using these stories to achieve patriotism. That way, we did not grow up hating the land in which we lived.
But today, this information is coming from God-knows-where.
I first began to notice this after a video surfaced on the internet of a conglomeration of local news sites. Hundreds of local news channels around the United States reading a simple message about the dangers of ‘Fake News.’ While the concept is amazing, warning our citizens of different groups and their agendas, the execution may seem questionable.
You see, these news sites did not prepare and individual statement. They were given a script and told to read it — word. for. word.
This resulted in what sounded like a cult ritual. Hundreds of trusted news anchors reading a prepared statement warning the American people of the dangers of embellished stories. Sounds a little ironic, huh?
But by doing a bit of research, an even more frightening result was found. All of these news sites were owned by Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Inc. This group, which is owned by Julian Sinclair Smith, covers nearly 40% of American households.
Now here’s the scariest part.
This news broadcasting program is a conservative group. They also have openly contributed money to the Republican party.
In 2016, Sinclair met with presidential candidate Donald Trump. “We are here to deliver your message.” He says to Trump. Interestingly enough, after this conversation, something amazing happened. A war against the media. And who was front and center for this hatred? CNN.
But why? What’s so different between CNN and the other major news media networks? It’s simple, CNN is not owned by Sinclair. That is why we never saw news sites like NBC and Fox News attacked for their potential ‘Fake News,’ because Sinclair owns them. Was this to protect the American people against the dangers of fake news, or rather to snuff out Sinclair’s competitors?
But this isn’t a blow to the Republican party. If this was done through the Democratic party, I would be just as alarmed. I understand that private companies have the ability to contribute and support anything they personally believe in. But where do we draw the line? Sinclair essentially runs a monopoly. Completely owning 27 national media sites including CBS, ABC, Fox, and NBC, as well as 194 local sites and 4 radio stations.
This means, their agenda and whatever they believe in, can be pushed on to the American people and accepted as truth.
We trust media sites as fact. Media is meant to be the bridge between the people and government. But if one man controls who and what comes through this bridge, how can we accept our media as fact? Who are we to trust?
And so, I answer your first question. Why isn’t America considered a propaganda country?
If North Korea, Nazi Germany, China, and the USSR did not realize that they were a propaganda country, I have a hard time believing we would recognize it. We are a propaganda country, we’ve just been brainwashed to believe we are free.