Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Blinding sarcasm

John Heartfield found the pencil "too slow" to ridicule Hitler, so he made his point with photo montages, as illustrated in a Getty show.

By Leah Ollman, Special to The Los Angeles Times

POOR, poor propaganda. Such a misunderstood practice. So derided, so suspect. By definition, the term is a benign relative of the verb "to propagate" (reproduce, disseminate), applied to information or doctrine. The danger comes when it's used for destructive purposes, and used well. What propaganda has incited people to do (or not do) in the name of religious or political ideology has caused the deaths of millions.


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