Uncle S.A.’s Propaganda Black Belt.
My friend Uncle S.A., hereafter referred to as Unc, prides himself on being well informed. He often dodges views contradicting his opinions by labeling them propaganda if they come from a source outside his American frame of reference.
Lunching with him the other day he defended his extensive reading of American news magazines such as Time, Atlantic, The New Yorker and such, by claiming that he had the ability to recognize real stories from suspicious ones and could pick useful information from many sources. Unc declared black-belt capability in defending himself against propaganda.
I promised to email an article by Andre Vitchek in order to get his take on it. He was immediately suspicious of Andre because he had never heard of him, but agreed to read the article and comment on it when I called the following evening. As soon as I got home I mailed Andre’s article, The West is Becoming Irrelevant, The World is Laughing.
When I called the following evening at 21.00, he eagerly spoke about an article in Time magazine that had arrived in his postbox earlier in the day. Many pensioners were selling their homes, buying mobile homes and settling them in gated communities in warm climate areas where everyone lived happily ever in the short time they had after. Unc found this article soooo interesting.
I listened bored but politely to Unc’s comprehensive account of the article. I’ve seen similar articles in the past 20 years. America’s Happy Pensioners is the real (unnamed) title forming a propaganda facade in front of the horrors of growing old in the USA. While less than 5% of Americans have the ability to choose the ”happy” gated trailer-community described in Time, the rest suffer a meager and precarious existence at best, often at the mercy of burdened families and loved ones, until their often long painful sicknesses, without adequate medical treatment, mercifully liberates them from life.
”What did you think of the article I sent?”
”I haven’t gotten to that yet,” replied black-belt in anti-propaganda Unc.
“95% beautiful ribbons around 5% shit
can’t hide the stink.”