Three-legged chairphoto credit: Milica Buha, Museum of Pedagogy in Belgrade, Wikimedia CCA-BY-SA-4.o International
Today's message is to the media (and all of us, really). Here are the delusions.
"I get personal tweets..." - along with some multi-million others!
"The stock market is up..." - this 47% now own national debt pumped into the financial markets.
"THEY will take it all off you..." - the biggest fear of all...
In the old days, when my father was selling milking separators to dairy farmers, the farmer had a three-legged chair to sit on while milking the cows. It had three legs so it stood firmly on any uneven ground.
Three propaganda assaults still work to milk us, apparently. With what flows from each assault spreading like a virus, or to mix figurative language more, like Triffids (could be worth looking this one up). The propagandist counts on your engagement with one or other of the viral "news" flows, while propagating another... and throwing at you the fertilizers of outrage, exaggeration, and repetition. If you're tantalized by such tractor-beams, as pictured in my previous blog, shame on you.
For counter-propaganda, three-legged chairs work too.
1. IGNORE manufactured outrages;
2. Trumpet reality; and
3. Repeat to advance what matters to people: health, shelter, food, safety, and freedom.
Out of these five life positives, surely you can pick three to focus on. At the very least, you'll be in touch with reality and, who knows, when you talk with someone else about what's real, you might help someone else live a little better.
If this is starting to sound like a message with Dick and Dora in a grade-school reading class, it is. You see, I'm willing to IGNORE another successful propagandist who made millions telling you to always flatter your audience. The propagandist knows you will obsess about lies, hyperbole, and insecurities. Don't let it keep happening--it's up to you.
Fact is, the jig is up. Just tell the truth, without quixotically tilting at the propagandist's fantasies. Simple, direct truth hurts the propagandist. Of course, you have to keep choosing what really matters to "we, the people"--see "3" above.
Who has the smarts and discipline to build a new three-legged chair?