Monday, November 16, 2009

Put another dime in the jukebox, baby.

I love prop-a-ganda. Especially when it winds up in my email box, forwarded from who knows where originally.

I got this in an email from a coworker, but not the ex-coworker I usually get this kind of stuff from.

The title was “HIROSHIMA - 64 YEARS LATER”, and claims

THE AFTER PICTURES ARE VISUALLY EXTRAORDINARY HIROSHIMA  64 YRS LATER...

The tag line reads “Who the hell won the war!”

Here are the pictures that they included:

First they showed you the bomb:

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Then the aftermath

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Then “The colorful city, NOW:”

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    Then they show you Detroit now, with the line:

DETROIT - 64 YEARS AFTER HIROSHIMA

Welcome to Detroit ...next 2 Exits - Drugs- Ammo

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And it all ends with the tag line I mentioned before
“Who the hell won the war?”

The first thing that struck me was that all the Hiroshima ‘now’ pictures were taken  from above, at night.  I wondered what one might see if they searched the city down at street level, looking for the slums.

I didn’t even Google Hiroshima, but instead went the other way and spent about 5 minutes doing a image search for Detroit.  This is what I found:

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Doesn’t matter whether or not you agree with the sentiment of the email, whether you find the bombing atrocious or whether you feel it was necessary, whether you agree or disagree with the rebuilding of Japan after the war.

Propaganda is propaganda is propaganda, and I sure wish people would stop sending me this crap in my emails.

sartin

2 comments:

A Paperback Writer said...

Well put.
I may use this when I teach kids about ignoring arguments they don't agree with in their essays. In other words, just because you leave out a bunch of facts doesn't mean those facts don't exist.

Max said...

Cool. My ramblings used as an educational tool. :)