imagesWhen there is a war being fought, be it for sport such as wrestling, political war as seen in every election, or the war fought for your mind or opinion on every day life; it can be religion, food preference, shoes, cell phone company, and of course the list goes on, but propaganda in one form or another is generally involved. One of the most famous and well known demonstrations of the power of propaganda is the influence it had in World War I. It causes those surrounded by it to draw from it certain beliefs and feel unity in those beliefs through the depiction they have seen. In WWI, this involved film makers and artists drawing on the pride and love of country. It also helped to form a more politically correct view of the enemy. In that situation, propaganda was put to good use. It helped to defeat a common enemy that was undoubtedly evil.
It seems that our current administration has seen fit to draw on this power of propaganda to push their political agenda and create an image for those opposed to it. As to what images will be portrayed, perhaps we have already seen some of it and those which we have not, well, that will come soon. But we do know it is coming as it was reported by Pat Courrielche, a contributor on Breitbart’s Big Hollywood blog, a filmmaker, and an art community consultant. It was he that had been one of the NEA members that received emails and sat in on conference calls regarding a “call” from the White House to “…to push the president and to push his administration.” It was hosted by The United We Serve team, the White House Office of Public Engagement, and the National Endowment for the Arts. And one of the direct recorded quotes even tells these artists what to create, saying:

I would encourage you to pick something, whether it’s health care, education, the environment. There’s four key areas that the corporation has identified as the areas of service. Then my ask would be to apply your artistic, creativity community’s utilities and bring them to the table. Again, I’m really, really honored to be working with you.

In other words, be as creative as you like, but try to stick to these main goals. And according to the man who was brave enough to come forward with this information, “when you had the crowd that we did have on that phone call, there is only going to be one result of that.” So, that “call” to help push the agenda was already well known it wouldn’t have to be pushed far. After all, these were the same group that had helped formulate the art used in Obama’s campaign.

Luckily, Pat Courrielche knew that something was not right and came out with this information. He stated to Glenn Beck on Fox News, “If you look throughout history, history is riddled with that being a bad thing: With art coming together with the government to speak to the people.” And is he ever right. Look at Hitler, the Soviet Union, China, South Korea, the Middle East, and Venezuela to name a few. The majority of their “art” is centered around promoting the views the government wants for the people. I really think this is a gross miss use of power and it would have not been tolerated had it been any other president.

Resource Sited:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,545660,00.html

Related Links:

http://www.moonbattery.com/archives/2009/08/obama_regime_tu.html

Here is one of few links to the actual article written by Pat Courrielche, the majority of the main links to his article I could not get to work any longer. (strange?)

http://www.ednews.org/articles/the-national-endowment-for-the-art-of-persuasionby-patrick-courrielche-.html

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