Being in a post-communist (whatever that might mean) country has some advantages. For example it sensitives you to propaganda. You can smell it instinctively and immediately you start to raise questions: how true is this? what are the supporting facts?
Wikipedia defines propaganda as:
Propaganda is a concerted set of messages aimed at influencing the opinions or behaviors of large numbers of people. As opposed to impartially providing information, propaganda in its most basic sense presents information in order to influence its audience.
Why am I writing this? Because I’m watching the story of stuff. Now I do believe that there are some (major) problems, but this presentation is still pure propaganda. It uses generalization, figures pulled out of thin air and argumentation via authority (
I’ve been looking into this for ten years. Trust me, I know what I’m talking about). Pure propaganda.
Incidentally, I remember a presentation from the local Chinese cultural days I went to some years ago and they showed a very nicely done propaganda piece. It was very reminiscent of the pieces we’ve been fed (the soundtrack was available in 30+ languages!). So if people are ready to buy that, they will surely be swung by this.