February 10, 2010

When a student used the term “Snowmaggedon,” I chuckled at the precise description referencing this past weekend’s enormous snowstorm. Then I checked CNN.com…

…And found this exact phrase used to describe the snowfall outcome and another incoming snowstorm (which I am currently encountering ). Thinking about the repeated terms’ coincidence, I ventured to Acme…

…To find that all milk, bread, eggs, pasta, peanut butter, beverages, clementines (their disappearance may be unrelated to the rest, but dissapointing nontheless), and anything microwaveable or commonly titled “college food” was completely sold out! Now maybe the Acme truck driver got lost…the past three days. Or maybe, due to the terrible economy, corporate decided to send limited shipments once a month. Or maybe, everyday people, who reluctantly trudged through “Snowmaggedon,” looked around, then looked at the television, and decided to get every piece of food available because we won’t survive if we don’t have enough to feed everyone for months!

Ordinary people, witnessing the intensity of a snowstorm this past weekend, feared for the worst, acting emotionally and allowing themselves to believe the hype. “Snowmaggedon” is real. Propaganda at its finest. But, to the media’s credit, as I stare out my window, “Snowmaggedon” is actually pretty friggin real. 🙂


Obama Presidential Election

February 2, 2010

The 2008 Presidential Election marked my first opportunity to vote and influence the United States government Admittedly, I did not scrutinize Barack Obama as much as I did John McCain, convinced that the Republican’s selected another candidate internationally disliked and disrespected. This prejudice ignorantly expressed towards McCain, I now realize, is the product of constant, often-deserving media Bush-bashing and, more prominently, terrific Obama campaign propaganda.

While Obama passionately and persuasively spoke about changing the current course of the United States towards a prosperous and beneficial nation, his support team reinforced these claims with the phrase “change we can believe in” and the popular poster shown below:

The Obama “Hope” poster is, in my opinion, the most effective political propaganda image in the 2008 Presidential Election. The patriotic red, white, and blue cover the area as Obama optimistically looks ahead to the future, the image deliberately using an effective, introductory photoshooting technique displaying power and triumph. In large, bold lettering, “HOPE” sprawls across the bottom quarter of the poster.

This poster inspired myself and countless others to undoubtedly vote Democrat. This is not, by any means, a negative result (I’m very proud of my chosen candidate), but something to ponder for others, like myself, who think understanding television propaganda automatically means understanding all propaganda. It does not.