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As you share and comment and play your role in the viral game, remember…

“Much of our media now are so image-rich and content-poor that they just serve to capture the eye, manipulate our emotions, and short-circuit our impulses. The propaganda and advertising industries therefore function increasingly like adult obedience industries. They instruct their audiences in how to feel and what to think, and increasing numbers of people seem to accept and follow the cues without question.”

Nancy Snow – Information War: American Propaganda, Free Speech and Opinion Control Since 9-11

“Our capacity as human beings for imagination and storytelling makes us exquisitely vulnerable to exploitation by those who understand the properties of ideological power.”

David Smail – Power, Interest and Psychology: Elements of a Social Materialist Understanding of Distress

“It is the same in all wars; the soldiers do the fighting, the journalists do the shouting, and no true patriot ever gets near a front-line trench, except on the briefest of propaganda-tours.”

George Orwell – Homage to Catalonia

“They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason.”

Ernest Hemingway

“Like generations before us, we’re going to keep it up. Because with confidence in our cause and faith in each other, we still believe that there is hardly anything we cannot do.”

Barack Obama and David Cameron – Washington Post

“We prefer to celebrate ourselves and our nation by imbibing the myths of glory, honour, patriotism, and heroism, words that in combat become empty and meaningless.”

Chris Hedges – Death of the Liberal Class

“You’ll never have a quiet world until you knock the patriotism out of the human race.”

George Bernard Shaw – Heartbreak House

“People who enjoy waving flags don’t deserve to have one.”

Banksy 

“The monarchy is finished. It was finished a while ago, but they’re still making the corpses dance.”

Sue Townsend

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