Category Racist and Nazi Propaganda

Mediocrity, Propaganda and Trump

THE INTERNET IS ITS OWN ECONOMIC SYSTEM AND IDEOLOGY History seems to move faster at certain times than others. Now is one of those times. Karl Marx, thinking about industrialization, claimed that a newly emergent economic force/system was actually revolutionary in the sense that it reshaped all the territory and politics it touched. 100 years […]

Framing the Violence Narrative

In the past few months the term “fake news” has come into the mainstream in a major way. A cursory definition based on its usage would have you believe it’s just an updated synonym for the old standby “propaganda,” but is this true? Yes and no. Our full assimilation into the information age has drastically […]

Kolberg (1945) vs. 300 (2006): Contemplating Fascist Propaganda

A screenshot from the Nazi propaganda film Kolberg, which is largely free from crude appeals to antisemitism or any demonized racial “other.” But who in the world is the black actor who plays one of the French soldiers? Was he a French North African POW forced to play a role as an “extra?” Napoleon did […]

The Deer Hunter (1978)

Originally posted on Writers Without Money:
Three quarters of the way through The Deer Hunter, Michael Cimino’s iconic, and very long, film about three Pennsylvania steel workers in Vietnam, Mike Vronsky, Robert Deniro, returns home on leave, and meets Linda, the fiancee of his best friend Nick Chevotarevich. Chevotarevich, a young Christopher Walken, is still…

The Liberal Racism of The Wire

In the opening of Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, the now discredited Chris Kyle is sitting on a roof with his gun trained on a woman and a young boy who are approaching a group of American soldiers in Iraq. He has to make a decision. Should he shoot a child? It’s racist propaganda of the […]

Charlie Hebdo Blames All Muslims for Terrorism

Gore Vidal once remarked that the four sweetest words in the English language are “I told you so.” To give Charlie Hebdo credit where credit is due. They’re not pretending any more. They genuinely hate Muslims. People in the United States who persist in defending them with the idea that “well Americans just don’t understand […]

Reading Mein Kampf (1925)

Is there any other nation so completely identified with one man as Germany with Adolf Hitler? We don’t necessarily think of Napoleon when we think of a Frenchman or Mussolini when we think of an Italian. Winston Churchill, a bombastic liberal imperialist and wildly overrated military leader, has earned his place in history mainly because […]

Twitter: The Id of the Worrrrrld of Tomorrooooow!

“I got summer hating on me ’cause I’m hotter than the sun/got spring hating on me ’cause I ain’t never sprung/winter hating on me ’cause I’m colder than y’all/and I would never, I would never, I would never fall/I’m being hated by the seasons/so fuck y’all , hating for no reason.”  – “Mr. Carter” by […]

The Birth of a Nation (1915) The Fall of a Nation (1916)

D.W. Griffith’s masterpiece has long haunted film critics and historians. The first “blockbuster,” it’s the most important, and until Gone With the Wind in 1939, the highest-grossing film in the history of American cinema. Yet it’s also an evil work of racist propaganda that helped spur on the birth of the second Ku Klux Klan. […]

The Symbolic Construction of Mass Shootings

(Check out my previous two pieces relating to this subject here and here.) Much of the internet has evolved into a mutated form of the famous New Yorker cartoon caption contest; except in the internet the cartoon is not a cartoon but the rapid procession of events that constitute the enterprise we monolithically dub “the […]