If one thing from the past couple of years is plain to anyone with an ounce of common-sense is the heavy-handed and clumsy use of propoganda to push a narrative by which people can be encouraged to follow a desired path. Okay I just mansplained that, so I’ll do it for the rest of this article.
The covid narrative was perhaps the clumsiest use of propoganda to push a narrative. Not because it didn’t work, for it worked amazingly well until the bottom end of 2021. It was the way that politically it was handled like most of the stuff that politicians do … poorly. They chopped and changed and pretended that the newest solution was the best and the old stuff never really existed. Strangely it worked well even when it was a case of don’t believe your lying eyes and believe our truths.
Remember two weeks to flatten the curve? Masks are bad, masks are good, then rinse and repeat on that until it becam a virtue signalling festival to be seen wearing not just one, but multiple masks as that proved you were one of the good guys. Remember that vaccines under one administration was pure evil and then it changed when the other guy got in. Remember how one shot of the vaccine would protect you from the killer covid? Then it was two shots, then three, now we are onto number four. Lockdowns are good, then they were bad. Then your purity depended on having a vaccine passport otherwise you were like a leper from a hundred years ago and were unclean and unfit to be a part of civilised society. All the while the media and social media were shaping the narrative, again with a lot of virtue signalling as they silenced and vilified anyone who dared to question the science or the restrictions as being a crazed conspiracy theorist. It just went on and on and after a while it became whitenoise because collectively populations had been worn down until it became easier and safer to just submit.
The same crap is going on with the Russian/Ukraine punch-up. We mostly have a limited and skewed view when it comes to the Russian side of things while the Ukraine side of things is that they are pure and filled with virtue. There is a painfully small amount of information included that gives some of the historical context between these two mobs and that info actually provides context. It does not take away for a moment that Russia did the naughty thing by bringing their toys to play in Ukraine’s sandpit. It doesn’t excuse the nasty shit the Russians have done to civilians, yet we get a skewed narrative when the media reported on Ukrainian’s giving Russian soldiers poisened food. One arsehole act does not, and never has balanced out another arsehole act. On both sides there are a lot of low and nasty things being done for that is the nature of human conflict and our species when the veneer of civilisation is stripped away.
I could go on and on with the hypocrisy of both covid and the punch-up but all it takes is to have a functioning memory and the ability to read to see the point I’m making.
The covid propoganda has virtually collapsed, despite the attempts to revive it, because people have seen through the bullshit and no longer believe what the experts and politicians are spruiking. The same thing is happening with the war propoganda.
From the very beginning of this thing the nuclear card has been played and Russia started that but the experts and pollies have seized upon it and now we have media reports and warnings of NBC (nuclear, biological, chemical) warfare. This is dangerous as it is like playing a game of chicken in the school playground. Someone is going to get to the point of figuring that if everyone is saying it then we may as well do it. That’s the bit that worries me as the propoganda on both sides seem to be moist and panting for WW3. Sure it’d be good for a lot of rich arseholes to make a lot of money. It’d definately reduce the human population and that’d probably be promoted as a win for the climate or some crap. For the rest of us peasants this is just another thing we have to endure like so many things our species has had no choice but to endure.
I wager that this is not going to be a popular read for some people.