The Annihilation of the American Minds: Propaganda, Trivia, and Locality

Propaganda, trivia, and locality comprise the content and processes of the minds of Americans. Trivia is arguably a form of propaganda, but it’s a nihilistic type. In the barrage of propaganda and trivia Americans are subjected to and subject themselves to, they turn to their locality, their family and friends, for value and meaning.

Propaganda is defined as how some corruptive power wants our minds to work and what it should be filled with. The main propaganda source in the United States (and elsewhere) is the Elite, which is comprised of the mainstream media, the corporations (with their propaganda branches of advertising, marketing, and public relations), and the federal government. The mainstream churches (especially the megachurches) have been making a push toward joining this grouping. Once the separation between church and state is fully broken down that will likely happen.

While propaganda is a positive experience (positive in the sense of being something of substance) trivia is the flip side of the propaganda coin. Trivia is a negative experience designed to fill in the gaps where propaganda does not exist. Trivia is meant to be forgotten, as in “What was the score of the football game this week?” It’s replaced with more trivia in a neverending cycle, often as simple as “What was the score of the football game this week?” Illegal drugs with their short effects and forgotten states which must be repeated often are a kind of psychological trivia.

In an increasingly insular and privatized world, Americans are turning more and more to locality to serve as a panacea for the condition of their world and mind. Friends and family are becoming more important.

If this continues, this will result in the downfall of civic society, which is about a whole lot more than “friends and family”. People will form themselves into tribes (the combination of friends and family) which live for the tribe and see all others as outsiders. This will lead to the destruction of the modern secular world. Not that that appears to be worrying any of the hundreds of millions of Americans engaged in this process.

4 Responses to “The Annihilation of the American Minds: Propaganda, Trivia, and Locality”

  1. Pope of the Church of Capitalism Says:

    All forms of political speech and opinions are propaganda.

  2. briankoontz Says:

    No they aren’t. Propaganda is manipulation. It’s designed to move humans in a certain direction regardless of their own wishes or what benefits them. In fact, it’s frequently tailored precisely to nullify their own wishes and benefits.

    Political speech, on the other hand, describes some goal or method or process that benefits the person making the speech and allows the listener to decide whether they share in that benefit. Non-propagandistic speech is not manipulative or coercive. If someone finds the speech appealing it’s because they agree with it on their own terms.

    Propaganda distorts reality intentionally… it’s never honest in a clinical or scientific way. Political speech expresses reality and expresses solutions that improve that reality.

  3. Pope of the Church of Capitalism Says:

    “No they aren’t. Propaganda is manipulation. It’s designed to move humans in a certain direction regardless of their own wishes or what benefits them. In fact, it’s frequently tailored precisely to nullify their own wishes and benefits.”

    This does not contradict what I said. In fact, it reinforces it.

  4. briankoontz Says:

    You said that all forms of political speech are propaganda. I illustrated that this is false, which you have not argued against.

    Here’s an example of the difference. Mao’s cultural revolution in China in the 1960’s included a poster which said “Smash the old world, establish a new world”. This is propaganda because it doesn’t present an argument or some other form of rational discourse where the viewer can arrive at a conclusion in terms of whether or not it benefits him. It’s like me saying “Go Red Sox!”. That’s pure propaganda.

    The viewer might agree or disagree with “smash the old world, establish a new world” but the words themselves add no value or offer no argument. They are designed to push the viewer in a certain direction regardless of his beliefs, and hence making an argument only gets in the way since the result of the argument might in fact not make the desired push.

    Political speech on the other hand places its value on the weight of its arguments. The speech derives from a certain bias and most likely a certain desired result (such as advocating for universal health care) but over the course of the argument a rational listener can denounce the argument or see it as ineffective and either be unmoved by it or move in the opposite direction of that desired by the speaker.

    Some political speech uses elements of propaganda within an otherwise non-propagandistic speech. Commonly propaganda of this type is called “rhetoric” which you are probably very familiar with by the painful process of listening to politicians.

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