What is the best way to change public perceptions on any topic?
The battle to control us through changing (or creating) our opinions is as old as history. Carefully disseminated disinformation was first documented in ancient Greece, when playwrights and poets created dramas for the sole purpose of indoctrinating their audience to a certain set of morals, standards, and beliefs. When creating his empire, Macedonian king Alexander the Great inundated the places he conquered with his image, on the coins, adorning building, and in the form of statues. Grand stories were written and shared about his generosity and the legends that were created on his behalf to this day make him larger than life.
In 324 B.C.E., Alexander requested that he be deified so that he could carryout a scheme of repatriating 20,000 Greek exiles, which was contrary to the established laws of the League of Corinth. He became the son of Zeus, and his face soon appeared on coins, replacing that of Heracles, the real mythological son of Zeus. He commissioned, or allowed to be built, many statues and monuments in his honor, and representations of his portrait were to be found everywhere in his empire, adorning pottery, coins, buildings, and formal art (P. M. Taylor, 1990, p. 31). Alexander was the first to recognize that to maintain cohesion and control over his vast empire, such propaganda symbols could serve as a constant reminder of the various subjugated populations just where the center of power resided. (source)
So through works of fiction, the unacceptable became acceptable, the alien became familiar, and the minds of the masses were changed and manipulated.
It’s the same today. One of the biggest fights on the planet right now is the fight for safe food and non-toxic farming practices. The biggest enemy to those of us who battle for natural, healthy food is the biotech industry, particularly companies like Monsanto and Dow.
Up until recently biotech was winning the fight simply because they pretty much own the government policy makers and agencies. Monsanto has served as a “human resources bank” for the federal government, with direct ties to Supreme Court justices, the Food and Drug Administration, and presidential cabinets. They have donated mountains of money to politicians and have sneakily managed to write their own laws using those bought-and-paid for members of Congress.
But now with the success of the recent global March Against Monsanto and grass roots activism that is spreading like wildfire, they have had to step up their game.
First, they created a disinformation website called “GMO Answers” in which they provide “answers” for anyone who is curious about genetically modified foods. On this website they support all of the GMO myths that they are trying to perpetuate and make acceptable.
They are also infiltrating popular culture and are particularly targeting the minds of our children.
Most people don’t want to believe it. They say, “Oh, it’s just a cartoon.” They tell us to take off the tinfoil hats. They scoff at our paranoia.
But the fact remains that cartoons abound with references to GMOs, pesticides, and biotech. These things are portrayed in a heroic positive light. No, they aren’t whispering in the background “Monsantoisgood …… Monsantoisgood ….. Monsantoisgood”. (At least I don’t think they are.) But they are portraying biotech as the saviors of the world, the solvers of world hunger, a presence that is just THERE and must hence be accepted.
One of the administrators on the March Against Monsanto page on Facebook posted the following picture and comment:
It is sickening how our youth are being indoctrinated to think pesticides are great. Are you aware the newest Pixar movie, Planes, main character is a crop duster? Why??
Another children’s movie, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2, has a synopsis that is about cross-breeding animals with food. This is unacceptable.
What are your thoughts on this?
I recently wrote about something similar, when I discussed the product placement and the “GMOs are good” propaganda in Futurama.
The admin from MAM ran into the same problem that I did: people scoffed…