28 10/09

Education for Death (1946)

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since the last century there is an intensification of use of media propaganda during war times. Massive production led to massive spreading led to massive consumption led to homogenization within a set of parameters.

Education for Death (1946) shows how USA media industry used the visual language of animation during WWII. They associated fairy tales, popular culture, their own style of cartooning, and a clear political message. Dark times were those of WWII, from a historical (and moral) point of view, those methods against the enemy were justifiable. Today, Are they still justifiable? What media languages are employed today to attack? Are the media weapons?

After watching this piece, I recommend to take a look at two previous posts, Duck and Cover and Social-Sex Attitude in Adolescence.

02 08/08

Duck and Cover (1951)

HI, here a funny but scary movie founded by Antonio in the Internet Archive.

Duck and Cover (1951) is a (scary) film about how to mislead population by mass media hysteria. This movie seems to be an educational one targeted to kids and young population but what it does create, is a perpetual state of fear and paranoia typical during the cold war.

After 9:15 you should know what to do in case a nuclear bomb explodes nearby. Just remember the catchphrase “Duck and Cover“, I mean pure and simple terror propaganda.

Definitely a worth watching video.