not propaganda

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LET ME TELL YOU WHY I LOVE IDEN VERSIO.

I have trouble sympathizing with Empire-based characters, because it’s an environment literally specifically designed for the worst traits in people to flourish and thrive, where cruelty and apathy are rewarded.  The Star Wars Propaganda book showed the level of just how very much that was by design.

So, getting me to be emotionally invested in an Empire character, even one who is at heart a good and loyal person, is a tough sell.  If it’s not that they’re an asshole, then it’s that I have a tough time believing that they would believe in the Empire, given what it is.

BUT MAN DO I LOVE IDEN VERSIO SO GODDAMNED MUCH.

I think a lot comes down to the acting of her voice actor, who is doing a fantastic job so far (I’m just starting the Vardos mission) and that I am all for this kind of character.  She’s strong, she’s loyal, she’s brilliant, and she’s put her belief in the wrong people.  She truly thought that, once the Rebels were crushed, there would be peace.  That, if you were loyal to the Empire, you would prosper.  So, she can live with Alderaan’s destruction, but then comes Vardos.

A planet that’s their home, a planet that was wholly loyal to the Empire.  And suddenly it’s not just a temporary measure, it’s not just a brief moral decay for the greater good, but that this is the foundation of the Empire, she’s realizing.  And she’s going to have to struggle through what that means, what her options are, what can be saved and what can’t be saved.

AND ALL OF THAT WITH THE MOST AMAZING “FUCK YOU” FACE I HAVE EVER SEEN ANIMATED IN A VIDEO GAME.

American propaganda works so well that we still have people out here thinking it was totally fine and justified that the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japanese civilians, killing well over 100,000 innocent people. It works so well that, even though the United States is the only country to ever use a nuclear bomb in warfare, people think that the United States is still the only qualified entity to invade other countries in order to stop them from having nuclear weapons. It works so well that you can read all about every war crime committed by the United States all around the world, with little to no government censorship, and that STILL doesn’t make people rise up in anger. It works so well that you can read accounts of the CIA or FBI literally trying to brainwash Americans into total subservience and people STILL won’t resist.

Americans put the Soviets to shame in how effective their propaganda is. It’s not even close.

10

I really am enjoying watching Kellyanne Conway and the Trump administration get dragged on twitter.

The “Bowling Green Massacre” never happened, and NO it wasn’t a simple case of Kelleyanne Conway misspeaking. Just like Press Secretary Sean Spicer lied about the small size of the crowds at Trump’s inauguration, Trump has repeatedly shown he is willing to lie about absolutely anything and everything.

Trump’s people constant lying is a deliberate strategy intended to confuse the general public and make people distrustful of legitimate news.

And as the last several tweets point out, this particular lie (i.e. propaganda) by Conway had the added purpose of trying to justify Trump’s unconstitutional Muslim ban and further demonize Muslims from an international platform. Remember…there is an evil intent behind all the lies.

omnivore: actually vegans are the cruel ones because soybeans farming takes resources from poor countries and thats why i eat meat and won’t be vegan

reality: 85% of soy goes to animal feed, even if you ate nothing but soy you’d contribute less to this problem than you do by eating animals

omnivore: *does not change their behavior because they don’t actually care about poor people and were just looking for excuses to not change their behavior*