Not All Propaganda Is HarmfulOctober 19th, 2012
Most people look at the term propaganda in a negative light. In recent history, architects of coercive messaging have largely done it to benefit themselves at the expense of others. For instance, American culture has been bombarded with statist messaging in movies, commercials, and educational curriculum for nearly a century. However, the same tools can be used for the forces of good.
The Silver Circle Movie is meant to entertain, but also contains a very important and practical message about the dangers of central banking, fiat currency, and letting statism slide out of control. While empathizing with the characters in the plot as they deal with the extreme consequences of these issues, viewers have the opportunity to pragmatically understand the problem in a way that a segment on CNBC simply can’t convey. Let’s look at some fictional works which effectively hammer home messages like these.
Star Wars and the X-Men
There might be thousands of blogs out there detailing the allegedly satanic motivations of the latest music videos by Lady GaGa or Jay-Z. Most musicians simply pick the images for their videos because they look edgy or cool, rather than to promote an ideology of some sort. Rarely though do people point out when the arts promote positive concepts.
Take for example Star Wars. In that film series, Senator Palpatine rises through the political ranks of the Republic, wins the executive position of Chancellor, and declares emergency powers, thus transforming a democratic Republic into a brutal Empire with himself as its leader. This follows the deterioration of the ancient Roman republic and warns Americans of the very real threats facing ours.
In its early days, the X-Men series had a great message as well. In the 1960s, America suffered from rampant ignorance. People feared non-conformity, other ethnic groups, new political philosophies, and religions they didn’t understand. Individuality and uniqueness were not yet embraced by society. X-Men helped teach children that the things that made them different from others could also be a source of strength and power.
Ideas Spread Quickly Through Entertainment
Consider how much entertaining media religious organizations produce. Since religions often encompass a total way of life, the easiest way to reinforce that for participants is to provide movies, music, and books that contain underlying messages. The LA Times just reviewed a new film called The Mystical Laws which promotes the tenets of a Japanese religion called Happy Science. Compelling films can open doors that a religious tract simply cannot.
The same is true with the message of liberty. Films like Gray State and Silver Circle represent a new generation of entertainment. While some propagandists work to promote the statist values of submission and conformity, our forces battle back with compelling content that teaches individual rights and sound money.
If we’re to achieve liberty in our lifetime, we must reach critical mass. Some people simply can’t be swayed by documentaries or news articles, as they don’t consume that type of media. In order to win hearts and change minds, entertainment must educate.
Visit http://www.SilverCircleMovie.com to view the latest info about our forthcoming 3D animated film. Also, the Silver Circle graphic novel is available now at the following hyperlinks in full color and black and white.