Monday, January 29, 2007

Subliminal messages in "documentaries"

An Inconvenient Truth:
Scientific message: Anthropogenic Global Warming is real and dangerous.
Subliminal message: George Bush kills innocent animals.

Supersize Me:
Scientific message: Fast food outlet policies are unhelpful for losing weight.
Subliminal message: McDonalds is evil.

Farenheit 9/11:
Political science Message: The events of September 11th should not have resulted in war against Iraq.
Subliminal message: George W Bush is an evil warmongerer.


Dr. Clam said...

I thought this was kinda neat.

Dr. Clam said...

I think more worrying than films of this kind, which are all obviously propaganda, is the subversion of once quasi-objective periodicals to the cause of fearmongering you refer to a few posts back. I am thinking in particular of New Scientist and National Geographic, which to my perception were much less propagandistic a decade ago.

Marco said...

Obviously propaganda?? I have heard reputable reporters and scientists call these "documentaries". I have only heard the word "propaganda" from the fringes. Like you, I have found those magazines more propagandistic hence less readable also. New scientist seems subliminally pro-green. National geographic irritated me somewhat just by being subliminally secular humanist. I only ever read it for the pictures anyway.

Dr. Clam said...

You have only ever heard those films called propaganda by fringe-dwellers!?


Our civilisation is doomed. :)

Jenny said...

Heh, so long as film makers continue to use Lord of the Rings to shine a light on the biases of so called documentaries, I shall maintain faith that our civilisation is not doomed.

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