Yesterday a reader posted a comment in response to my blog. After reading it I found myself entranced in thought. The reader informed me that my post seemed to him as the "pot calling the kettle black". While I don't agree with the analogy, I do see what he was saying, and in a sense he is correct. While some might think it's useless to be discussing propaganda, I'm going to disagree. I've embarked on a mission to spread the truth as I know it to be, and by definition this is propaganda. Before I do begin to impart my version of the truth to the reader, I'm going to try and make some sense of what is good propaganda and what is bad propaganda. So let us discuss the theory of propaganda---hopefully it will be beneficial as we move forward into the challenging days that lay ahead.
One might assume if propaganda is successful it's good--- if it is able to win over people and fire them up for an idea. Likewise, if it's unsuccessful it's presumably bad. However, I don't subscribe to this theory. I feel propaganda can be successful and be crude, corrupt, and indecent. History has proven this. I'm a Presidential Scholar and I'm vastly read in the art of History. I can assure you it's the idea behind the propaganda that determines rather or not the propaganda is good or bad. It's success is of little consequence.
Ideas are like shoveling fleas across the barnyard, most never reach the desired location. However, if an idea is able to affect a persons attitude, it usually will rest and reside with the person. That is why when someone comes along that is able to put into words what people are feeling, the people scream, "finally". That is what I'm hoping for every time I call Bo or some other radio personality. It's what I hope this blog will do. I am a propagandists!
Until yesterday, I never really looked at myself as a propagandists. Had it not been for the reader mentioned earlier, I might never have entertained the thought. I always considered Bo and the others to be propagandists. I viewed myself as someone ready to fight the propagandists because what they preach is factually wrong. I've always judged my actions to be driven by duty.
I've built my whole system of thought on my beliefs, and tried hard to developed them into clear ideas. I know it hasn't come across that way on the radio. I knew it wasn't when I was doing it---but that's me. I didn't care. I never had considered myself a propagandists. I only wanted to let them know I knew the facts to be different. I thought with passion and truth it would some how be enough; I only wanted to win them over, or prevent them from doing what they were trying to do--you know, the proverbial wrench in the spokes. I see now they can't be persuaded to stop what they are doing--- it's their duty.
It sickens me now I never once considered the listener, nor did I try to win them over with my ideas. I'm not sure this could ever be achieved in that arena, but maybe with this blog and factual truth, it can be. Over the next few weeks it will be up to you to balance the truth, and to determine what is good propaganda and what is bad. It's all about ideas, motivations, and the forces driving them. History proves that the greatest world movements have always developed when their leaders knew how to unify their followers under a short, clear theme. Someone once said, "Knowledge does not remain the property of a certain people, but fights for power. Ideas are preached by individuals, individuals who will never be satisfied with the knowledge remaining theirs alone. When one knows something one does not keep it secret. One seeks those who should know it". This is correct. An idea can develop into a worldview, but the objective here is a state view.
I will do my part and try to be crisp, understandable, and sober when writing about the knowledge and evidence I have. Hopefully a broad movement will develop--not for me---but for the truth that will resurrect our Basketball Program and set it free to conquer the world again. I'm Tim from Little Rock and I wish all of you a great Memorial Day weekend.