Tuesday, 12 January 2010

State propaganda

Stop smoking. Drink less. Learn new skills. Stop defrauding the benefit office. Claim tax credits. Wear a condom. Join the Army.

Britons are being bombarded by more than 10,000 government advertisements every day, prompting accusations that Labour is creating the "ultimate nanny state".

Messages from the state were relayed to the population via television, radio, cinema, newspapers, magazines and billboards on more than 3.7 million occasions during 2008, according to new research by media analysts at The Nielsen Company.

Current major campaigns include the Department of Health's "Condom – Essential Wear" campaign to promote safe sex, a police initiative to publicise the Anti-Terrorist Hotline, and the Department for Transport's "Think! Bike" campaign to encourage drivers to look out for motorcyclists.

The government is now the biggest spender on advertising in the country.

Its spending has increased by 20 per cent this year to more than £400 million at a time when the previous biggest spender, the corporate giant Procter & Gamble, has been cutting back.

Almost half a bil to tell the peasants how to think and act. Free nation my arse. Let us not forget the quangocracy and the fake charities. Billions of your money, taken off of you without your consent and used to brainwash you.

Fuck the government. They shouldn't even have an advertising budget, their job is to administer the law and protect property rights, the rest can be done by local governments and the people.

This is also an opportunity for me to post this webpage regarding psywar using the corporate media as a vector.

BRAINWASHING: How The British Use The Media for Mass Psychological Warfare

"I know the secret of making the average American believe anything I want him to. Just let me control television.... You put something on the television and it becomes reality. If the world outside the TV set contradicts the images, people start trying to change the world to make it like the TV set images....'' --Hal Becker, media ``expert'' and management consultant, the Futures Group, in an interview in 1981

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