Readers of this blog will know that I really like Brian Anse Patrick. I like his book, Rise of the Anti-Media, and quoted from it multiple times. Dr. Patrick decided to go and watch Colin Goddard’s “documentary” film Living for 32. Dr. Patrick, a professor at the University of Toledo, is an associate professor in their department of Communication, and he deconstructs Living for 32 as a piece of propaganda.
First he talks about Colin Goddard
Victim status conveys certain tangible benefits in modern mass propaganda. In the documentary and personal appearances that accompany its tour, Mr. Goddard functions as an unimpeachable, entirely sympathetic source to be critiqued only at one’s peril. Unlike many liberal arts graduates who are happy merely to find that proverbial foot-in-the-door-entry-level position, Mr. Goddard has been able to parley his perhaps unique qualifications into a high visibility professional job. He is now a symbol in the employ of Brady Center, and a very good symbol at that. He personalizes a social problem.
This transmutation of the lead of the bullets to the gold he gets paid is why St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner Kurt Hoffman calls Colin Goddard “The Alchemist.”
He also talks a bit about his theory that people who favor gun control actually favor a regime of administrative control of society, one where experts manage most aspects of life instead of accepting that individuals have choices.
Additionally, the epidemiological model perfectly suits the values of the audience—My Second Commandment of Propaganda is “Reflect the values and beliefs of the audience.” The human services faculty tend toward what might be called an administrative hermeneutic or worldview. They see themselves as scientific social managers, experts who apply knowledge to social problems. The idea of the heroic social scientist or human services professional battling an epidemic is right up their alley, providing not only a sense of a secure, manageable world, but also of a personal ego-enhancing position of relatively high status in this world.
Read the whole thing. As a Professor of Communication, he often uses big words, but the concepts are fairly easy to understand. He’s just using all those fancy words so that the opposition knows that he’s on to them. They can’t pretend that he’s too stupid to understand what they are doing if he uses their own language back at them.
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