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  •  great point - propaganda is essential. (3+ / 0-)
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    it's fascinating to go back and look at the WWII propaganda effort. they really taught the people who the good guys and bad guys were.

    An ambulance can only go so fast - Neil Young

    by mightymouse on Mon Mar 12, 2012 at 09:27:39 AM PDT

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    •  One caveat on propaganda (2+ / 0-)
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      Back then the populace was relatively naive when it came to propaganda and marketing - today everyone's been exposed to hard sell jobs for everything from beer to politics their entire lives.  Attempting to overwhelmingly motivate people as occurred in WW2 would be impossible today.  

      The only way we'll get that level of motivation will be after tremendous disasters begin to occur which were obviously caused by climate change - personally I believe we've already seen many of those but the deniers are better at propaganda than the scientists, so the population still believes those several thousand events are flukes.

      Atheism is a religion like Abstinence is a sexual position. - Bill Maher, 2/3/2012

      by sleipner on Mon Mar 12, 2012 at 10:49:04 AM PDT

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      •  I was thinking more (1+ / 0-)
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        of fashion trends, fads, bandwagons to jump onto. Keeping up with the Joneses by getting solar panels on our house, too! Some sparks of publicity to help generate that type of behavior.

        I agree with you that people are more sophisticated now about marketing. They still like participating in something they view as worthwhile though, so it could be done, carefully. But the will has to start somewhere.

        ~On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin! Raise her glowing flame!~ I am proud to say three generations of my family lived in WI. Though I live elsewhere, am with you in spirit!

        by sillia on Mon Mar 12, 2012 at 11:17:07 AM PDT

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      •  maybe "propaganda" is the wrong word (0+ / 0-)

        kind of old school. but that's what it is ....

        An ambulance can only go so fast - Neil Young

        by mightymouse on Mon Mar 12, 2012 at 01:35:20 PM PDT

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