– Agboola Odunfa
PROPAGANDA – The mind control
“All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume”- Noam Chomsky
“If people in the media cannot decide whether they are in the business of reporting news or manufacturing propaganda, it is all the more important that the public understand that difference, and choose their news sources accordingly”- Thomas Sowell
Sadly, all over the world, propaganda has remained the only good tool employed to kill the selling points of a winning market, especially in politics. It is a form of strong communication aimed towards influencing the attitude of a population or someone against another.
Propaganda is a wicked and deliberate, systematic attempt to shape your thoughts, belief or perceptions and manipulate your understanding to change your behaviour so that the propagandist can achieve the needed support and attention.
Propaganda is the best device employed by opportunists during electioneering campaigns to undermine the sitting government. That is when ignorant social media critics, brainwashed foot soldiers, master propagandist, a professional character assassin heavily backed and financed by some set of greedy politicians takes the centre stage.
The sole purpose of propaganda in the hands of the opposition is to mislead, misinform, manipulate and aggressively recruit us to have sympathy for them and hatred for the government of the day.
Opposition invests handsomely in propaganda to discredit the government of the day using the best media only to take over the government, not to offer something better. People worldwide are usually hungry for information, gossips and negative kind of information to feed on which is a good catch for the opposition to latch on.
Opponents are strong in politics and can pay anyone any amount to buy negative information so as to use for character assassination or discrediting the credibility of their targets.
Politicians rarely offer the electorates real deliverables during campaigns because they always tell us what they think we like to hear, how bad the other government is, how fake their project has been, how wicked their laws are then they offer to turn bread to stone for us, build a link bridge connecting Africa and the Western world where we can travel free.
The real votes are in the hands of the poor, uninformed, uncivilized and of course those that lack basic infrastructures like electricity or media to double check their sweet stories. They sell hatred to the religious and the tribes men to make them seem how marginalized they have been without proposing a real and obtainable replacement.
The irritating confusion is that, while the opposition is selling “change” the incumbent will sell continuity and both teams will sell propaganda and lies only to grab the available seats. This in turn leaves many undecided or misled on Election Day.
They know our only source of information or knowledge is the press, the best journalists and bloggers are employed to constantly occupy our media space with alarming and confusing stories to win our attention and see angels in devils vice versa.
They move from the press to top and popular politicians coming out to add untrue voices to further push down these stories to ensure it lands well in our bellies, then they move in to communities and families, each camp will choose vocal and popular champions who will vigorously lead the propaganda at the grassroots by word of mouths which many times splits alliance in families, compounds, streets and union which many times leads to crisis that leaves many causalities dead or wounded only to pass “a must accept” stories.
There is no known good propaganda because its mostly lies to create misinformation that is misleading in nature. They simply hack into your minds and change the calculations for selfish benefits.
There are ready teams worldwide that specializes in this propaganda business and they are not cheap, politicians will rather invest in this in high desperation to win than spend half of it to develop his immediate community and tell them the truth.
The truth itself has lost its glory to the people from politicians because what they say becomes unrealizable, they will rather lie, skip dividend, save the money for another election season to invest in propaganda and buy votes.
However, this tool continues to work because we are too weak, lazy and afraid to get involved in politics, politicians know that we have summarily tagged politics as dirty and abandoned it to the dirty politicians, so they get dirty and play dirty but the catch is they fool us by coming clean to get our clean votes the dirty way to make clean and selfish gains abandoning us to our dirty fate and clean style of not wanting to get dirty.
Politics is only dirty because you and I abstained from politics today and left it in the hands of the dirty, every season we invest our votes on them with no dividends yet accumulating loss over loss embarrassingly.
We claim to be enlightened and smart yet we fall to the constant propaganda and brainwashing of these politicians that brought us here. We do not give ourselves the chance to reason that a no vote and a wrong vote is a complete loss for a whole season.
Knowledge is becoming easy and an eye opener for us all, its time to be the change and make a difference.
In your best interests; Vote and be voted for!
Odunfa, a social commentator sent this piece from Lagos.
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