“To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.“ — Thomas Jefferson (from here)
Check out Dot Gov Sites for Children: We Make Propaganda Fun!. Our old friend, the writer of NooneOfAnyImport’s Blog, now writes at Da Tech Guy On DaRadio Blog.
Here is how her latest article starts.
Ben’s Guide, brought to you by the Superintendent of Documents in the U.S. Government Printing Office, provides pretty comprehensive listings, by both subject and agency. If you click over and give a scroll, you’ll get an idea of the wide range.
Of course, the EPA has lots of educational material on how you too can sacrifice your quality of life while people like Al Gore burn more fossil fuel than a small town. Behold the silliness that is Energy Star Kids. You can save the planet by turning off your electronics, boys and girls!
If only our government just wasted our money on relatively inexpensive Internet web sites… Because we have grown up seeing and listening to the propaganda produced by our government, we accept government propaganda as normal. It is not normal. There is no provision in our Constitution for our government to tell us how or what to think. However, buying up time in the mass media is a great way for our leaders to manipulate the news media — and us.
Propaganda works, and the target audience is never too young.