Photo via wikia.com
Photo via wikia.com

Everywhere we look is propaganda.  From the shameless Fox News, to the close to my heart Glee, everyone is selling an idea – whether “good,” “bad,” or “ugly” – on how to walk this life.

Photo via www.huffingtonpost.com
Photo via http://www.huffingtonpost.com

The first time I realized I was watching propaganda as entertainment was when it dawned on me that I had gotten through three seasons of the show 24 without being disturbed by torture being used as an interrogation technique.  The show had completely dulled my sensibilities.  I then understood that maybe that was the point – to make it easier for us to believe in a world where torture was necessary.

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Getty Images
Nemanja Pesic / Vetta

Everywhere we look, ideas are being disseminated, and that is not necessarily a bad thing, as it opens up avenues of discussion.  Even we are doing it through our blogs.  Our pages are lined with views to sway the masses.   From the fabulous Rarasaur convincing us of the reality of magic and the hysterical Katie trying to lighten the load with laughs, to the ever sincere Cheryl seeking to stop the stigma of mental health and chronic pain through awareness, we are a collection of ideas that we believe in.

In thinking about what it is that I am selling – besides the desperate need for attention to validate my existence in the world – I have settled on the idea that I am selling the need for introspection – the need to not be satisfied with what we read or see without discovering our own truths – looking without at the world in a way that will force us to also look within for confirmation.  This introspection is not in need of a religious, political or academic foundation but merely an awareness of who we are.

Photo via www.wikimedia.org
Photo via http://www.wikimedia.org

 

Yes, the Seeker’s Dungeon is also a propaganda campaign spreading the seeds of dissatisfaction in a world that is not even trying to be honest with us.  In the words of Winston Churchill, “Once in a while you will stumble upon the truth but most of us manage to pick ourselves up and hurry along as if nothing had happened.”

But even I can’t take myself too seriously and rely on my fellow bloggers to remind me of the need for magic, laughs and awareness of others.

 

What is the Truth that You’re Selling?

 

Written for Dungeon Prompts:  The message we’re selling

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18 Comments

  1. When I look at that first photo, what pops to mind is that inane Geico commercial where he sings with a girl in another portrait. Propaganda, yeah but one thing’s for sure, thanks to the frequency I’m forced to watch that commercial there’s no way I’m using Geico.

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    1. Yes, and at the same time I would never say anything positive about them. In this case their campaign backfired.It’s not going to be part of my consciousness for long.

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  2. Great question…. My answer would be; Life is short so seize, embrace it, unpack it, acknowledge it, love it, breathe it in, paint it, write about It, talk about it, put music to it, share it, live it with passion and stop treating people like they don’t belong! Learn to value difference, try your best and have fun 🙂

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  3. Great article. We are indeed living in extraordinary times and it’s wonderful that you are raising these questions. Your comment about ’24’ numbing our sensibilities is particularly insightful. I hadn’t thought of it that way before. I so agree that in a world of infinite potentiality/ideas/dissemination, a world where everything is ‘out there’, going within for the answers is the place to go. And I LOVE the word ‘introspection’, rather than ‘introvertion’. I hereby declare myself an ‘Introspect’. Thank-you Sreejit.

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  4. The truth I am selling? Interesting question. The truths I found for myself are that you cannot dwell in the past. Our society will never move forward, the human race will not survive and evolve without releasing the past and acknowledging that we are all one. There are no differences below the skin. We are human beings, every one of us. The only differences are the ones that we make important and the ones we create. We must come to understand that we cannot pollute and poison our world without paying the ultimate price of our lives and the lives of our children and grandchildren. There are so many truths to tell. I for one intend to help tell them.

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  5. What a great post and I am so pleased you found “your truth” which is what I have always viewed your blog…”a time for introspection”. Every Thursday, I wait anxiously and wonder what I am going to reflect on and love having this opportunity to do it collectively. I learn from other offerings as well. Your blog offers growth, Sreejit.

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  6. What you say is so true! Yesterdsy took my granddaughter to see the Muppets latest movie I was horrified (not too strong a word to use) at the propoganda in it about different cultures …in this case russia in particular. Really it was ugly. Even my granddaughter who is 10 wasn’t impressed.

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  7. I’m deeply concerned at this. Propaganda is not new. Homo sapiens is instinctively tribal and though the tribes are larger the drive to dominate the lion’s share of resources remains the same. It is, if anything, more vital now than it has ever been. The vanquished starve. If the real face of war is unacceptable, militarists have to guard against emotions such as pity that might eat at resolve, so the unacceptable is sweetened to become acceptable, even desirable.

    But two things particularly are changing and changing fast. The first is the rate the message can travel and the sophistication of the media that carries it, and the second is the institution of the sound-bite. Any propagandist message can be de-constructed with simple common sense but some background information has to be available. Our next generation seems more ready to accept without question; more accustomed to ingesting information in short phrases without wanting to probe deeper.

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  8. I have to confess that I have not been reading blogs as I should but this post really touched me probably because the reason I started reading your blog to begin with. You engage people and try to give/share a piece of your soul (sorry…my words) in order for “us” the public to open up and allow you in. I see you as drawing a curtain back in order to show me more of my world by seeing more of your world–how you see things and how others see things…I don’t know–I’m in that self-analysis thing today.

    Propaganda is all around us from advertisements to social media…there is no escape it seems. Even when we try not to take part I find myself doing so but I try so hard to do good–not selfish. Sometimes it is tough keeping my place in the center of the road. Thanks for what you do. 🙂 – Amy

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    1. I understand that position all too well. I have gone in so many directions–or maybe my blog has–that I don’t know where to put my focus. You have so many talents–whatever direction(s) you choose will be the right one.

      Thank you again. You have helped me in ways I can never truly explain. Sometimes we never know when we touch another and change their life to help them see things that were not apparent before. Thanks.

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