Tuesday, 27 March 2007

Seduction of the Indolent?

Providing proof positive that Americans have needed to delude themselves as far back as the late 1940s about the world, the following 'educational’ shorts were used to seduce unsophisticated moviegoers. These 'classics' were produced in 1948 [‘Make Mine Freedom’] and 1951 [‘Communism’]. The first short is unusual because, despite its high production values, it was a product of Harding College, a private Christian university located in Searcy, Arkansas.

Anti-Communist Propaganda [9:30]

American Propaganda 1951: Communism [10:40]

Both videos demonstrate the zeitgeist possessing America in the 1950s [and which appears to be back again in force], when anything was possible and saying 'America, my country right or wrong' didn't sound near as trite as it does now. Sic Transit Gloria Mundi.

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