Thought on ‘thoughts’

October 5th, 2013

Canyon Road. The perfect place for Propaganda Panda.

You don’t have to read the whole thing…it’s just a thought…

We’re thinking of renaming our ‘thoughts‘ category of posts as ‘propaganda‘ because it better illustrates our service to you, our viewers.

Yes, we’re spreading propaganda.

We admit it. Let’s call it what it is.

We’re advocating better living, better decision making, and better productivity—fruitfulness that should benefit family, friends and mental health (and not necessarily in that order).

Some of our posts will present (if not already presented) viewpoints that may stir arguments and disagreement in our viewing audience. We’re not talking about pointing fingers, name-calling, blaming or flaming others—not the tactics that we see so much of in this country’s politics. We’re talking about the “good old fashioned gettin’ to the bottom of an issue” sort of discussion.

There are many online forums that are accomplishing this and tons that aren’t. We’ve found many outstanding voices painstakingly calling out topics that are hard for most of us to grapple with on a daily basis. These voices need more voices, so-to-speak. They should be repeated and encouraged to contribute more. Sadly, there are many deniers, naysayers and shitty smoke-blowing squabblers out there distracting us with their noise.

In the days to come we’ll be posting more links, articles, and comments about those champions of our healthier culture. It’s our hope of spreading and sharing better things in life.

We could call it “Counter-Propaganda”, but that’s a really long moniker.


Taking into account the actual definition of propaganda makes this change seem a bit flippant. Calling it ‘counter-propaganda’, or ‘anti-propaganda’ would be more accurate given:

information, esp. of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.

But here’s the underlying point—we want to provoke exploration and understanding. “Real Propaganda” is being spread around so much in today’s media that it’s difficult to distinguish legitimate arguments. That of course is the purpose of propaganda—repeating falsehoods, and bending truth long enough and often enough that it gets believed as truth. But with so much of this garbage flooding past our eyeballs each day, we need better ways to engage and educate ourselves. How can anyone sort through the massive amounts of current news and events to better educate ourselves? My guess is that they specialize, or tune out most of it. Sadly, that’s how our society has gotten so fragmented.

So here’s our answer:

We’ll take on that sorting and sifting challenge by writing mini-reports or posts on issues we see affecting us. We’ll pose questions as design projects. We’ll make create something with our ideas so that we (and others!) can turn them around and examine them. Arguments, hostilities, and failures be damned!

At least we still have this opportunity to regain our voices as individual citizens.

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