Media v. Dead Children
Media v. Dead Children
[Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics)] Pete Aldridge, Service Secretaries, distinguished officials of the Department of Defense. [Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff] General [Richard] Myers, thank you very much for those kind words.
The topic today is an adversary that poses a threat, a serious threat, to the security of the United States of America. This adversary is one of the world’s last bastions of central planning. It governs by dictating five-year plans. From a single capital, it attempts to impose its demands across time zones, continents, oceans and beyond. With brutal consistency, it stifles free thought and crushes new ideas. It disrupts the defense of the United States and places the lives of men and women in uniform at risk.
Episode 4 - Happy Suck Day
Hovering in the sky, the clown planet seems to stare obliviously into the far reaches of space as the Astronomical Cat swoops by, its theme music playing on a constant loop as it does so. In the background, the bun sent by Uncle Grandfather to warn Gerald flits across the screen.
We immediately pan down to the earth below, where an ugly and brutal conflict has broken out. Cats and buns are fighting each other, and right in the middle of it all the Young Man is still stuck in the hole - clinging to Sherman’s neck as he surveys the carnage. He momentarily falls back down into the hole where his animal cohorts await.
- Young Man: Golly, it looks like we’re in the middle of a war between hot dog buns and cats! And I’m certain this war is because someone is mad at the other.
- Felix: Just get us out of here, ya dumb son of a bitch!
- Young Man: You don’t understand!
The New Old. Poor.
In Propaganda (1928), Bernays argued that the manipulation of public opinion was a necessary part of democracy:
The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element indemocratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. …In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.