In a world where access to media is unprecedented, the global conversation around the propagation of information, "alternative facts" and "fake news" has never been more heated. As media outlets become increasingly polarized, and as social media rules information feeds, where does propaganda come into play? How is it influencing changes in the world order? Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies demystifies the predominant means and methods of propagandist persuasion that have been employed by those seeking power. It explores and analyzes the present day landscape and contextualizes it by looking back at key epochs of history when propaganda defined nations and kept populations in check. From ancient cave drawings, to the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, to the unbridled stabs of Twitter, every form of media has been exploited in order to sway, awe and intimidate. The intellect is relegated to a distant second place to raw emotion that is fueled by sinister threats and unrealistic promises...
A really good wide-ranging documentary with lots of interesting characters as activists, artists and academics including the great Wei Wei. I have little trouble in the section where footage was being shown of Christians and "a willingness to believe a shared collective fiction" came up on the narration, but then I suppose everybody got a bit of criticism and there's no doubt about the role of the powerful Holy Roman Empire for instance. The documentary covererd lots of things quite miraculously in around an hour including the protestant reformation, communism of course, lots on Trump pro and con and also not often mentioned the capitalist propaganda the most powerful one perhaps that makes us believe we want to be rich and it's the only way to be.
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