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China uses scenes from ‘Top Gun’ in propaganda. What’s Ottawa’s excuse?


 

In something of an awkward moment, China was recently found to have used footage from the movie Top Gun in a TV segment that supposedly depicted the capabilities of its J-10 fighter. The gaffe delighted many who must endure what one report described as the government’s relentless “propaganda-driven agenda.”

The revelation has prompted increased scrutiny of other “official” Chinese achievements – and the fallout has been felt as far as Ottawa, where some are beginning to have small doubts about the legitimacy of the recent video released by the Prime Minister’s Office, in which a surprisingly vulnerable Stephen Harper at long last connects with Canadians on a basic emotional level.

While denying any chicanery, Conservatives continue to shape the footage into a campaign commercial that will support the party’s recently revealed election slogan: “Kickboxing – sport of the future.”

Meanwhile, the Tories have released a new attack ad which purports to show actual video of Michael Ignatieff realizing the folly of his economic plan. (You’ll need to click through to YouTube, but it’s worth it.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcwQOKLCvZc


 
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  1. The scene: Beijing, China SH on Dec 3, 2009.
    SH enters the room.
    Wen Jiabao: “Did you at least remember to flush this time?”
    SH: “You never let that go do you?”
    Wen Jiabao: “We are late for the photo-op, yet again,… fortunately in my country none of the press will report it.”
    SH:”Ok, lets do it. Remember you have to look sternly at me, cause I really busted your chops on the human rights thing this meeting”
    Wen Jiabao: (under breath) “not really a tough acting gig Stevey”, (louder) “How are things going with your opposition”
    SH:”You have it so lucky, but I am determined…. Eventually I will shift the country so they see there is only one party to vote for…. I just hope that that pesky Inkless doesn't catch on and spill the beans, but you have opposition here as well how do you keep them in check.”
    Wen Jiabao: “Piece of cake just make stuff up and broadcast, if people see it on TV they always believe it”
    SH:”Interesting, I will have to tell our boys in the war room”
    Wen Jiabao: “Actually I am a big fan of them, very impressive. Where do they get all their ideas: puffin poo, I laughed so hard”
    SH:”Beats me, they just spend all day getting stoned and watching old Tom Cruise movies, maybe they get their ideas from that”
    Wen Jiabao:”Well whatever works, thanks for sharing some ideas, we should do this more often”
    SH:”Great idea, can I use that for my closing remarks?”
    Wen Jiabao:”Whatever”

  2. The scene: Beijing, China SH on Dec 3, 2009.
    SH enters the room.
    Wen Jiabao: “Did you at least remember to flush this time?”
    SH: “You never let that go do you?”
    Wen Jiabao: “We are late for the photo-op, yet again,… fortunately in my country none of the press will report it.”
    SH:”Ok, lets do it. Remember you have to look sternly at me, cause I really busted your chops on the human rights thing this meeting”
    Wen Jiabao: (under breath) “not really a tough acting gig Stevey”, (louder) “How are things going with your opposition”
    SH:”You have it so lucky, but I am determined…. Eventually I will shift the country so they see there is only one party to vote for…. I just hope that that pesky Inkless doesn't catch on and spill the beans, but you have opposition here as well how do you keep them in check.”
    Wen Jiabao: “Piece of cake just make stuff up and broadcast, if people see it on TV they always believe it”
    SH:”Interesting, I will have to tell our boys in the war room”
    Wen Jiabao: “Actually I am a big fan of them, very impressive. Where do they get all their ideas: puffin poo, I laughed so hard”
    SH:”Beats me, they just spend all day getting stoned and watching old Tom Cruise movies, maybe they get their ideas from that”
    Wen Jiabao:”Well whatever works, thanks for sharing some ideas, we should do this more often”
    SH:”Great idea, can I use that for my closing remarks?”
    Wen Jiabao:”Whatever”

  3. Equating our democratically elected government (the "incorrect" party),

    With an authoritarian regime?

    Is it 2:00 pm in Progressia?

    We shouldn't chastise such continued use moral equivalence too much though.

    Not doubt members of our "tolerant progressive left" truly believe their pain and anquish at not being in their rightful place controlling our democratic government is akin to the summary detentions, lack of voting and various other horrors experienced by the populace in such regimes.

    Moral equivalences are in the eye of the beholder. And in the eyes of the "tolerant progressive left" there is much reason to equate.

  4. Equating our democratically elected government (the "incorrect" party),

    With an authoritarian regime?

    Is it 2:00 pm in Progressia?

    We shouldn't chastise such continued use moral equivalence too much though.

    Not doubt members of our "tolerant progressive left" truly believe their pain and anquish at not being in their rightful place controlling our democratic government is akin to the summary detentions, lack of voting and various other horrors experienced by the populace in such regimes.

    Moral equivalences are in the eye of the beholder. And in the eyes of the "tolerant progressive left" there is much reason to equate.

    • Propaganda has an equivalence at the level of technique, not source.

      To quote the 'father of public relations' Edward Bernays: "If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, it is now possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without them knowing it." (Propaganda 1928: 71).

      It is this belief in the "understanding of mechanisms and motives of the group mind" that matters, and is equivalent across regimes whether they are democracies or tyrannies. Individuals such as Bernays or Walter Lippman certainly did not see any difference between the two when it came to the role of knowledge in mass societies:

      "Those who manipulate the unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country… This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society" (Ibid, 9).

    • And once again, Conservative supporters have 0 sense of humour.

  5. The Dude rules!
    Scott – ever though of applying for the job of Head of Propaganda at the PMO?

  6. The Dude rules!
    Scott – ever though of applying for the job of Head of Propaganda at the PMO?

    • Didn't he used to do that (not for the Conservatives, though –)?

  7. Didn't he used to do that (not for the Conservatives, though –)?

  8. This makes me wonder, could we perhaps get by with just some video footage of a bunch of F-35s?

  9. Good idea. We could make some really, really good video and still save billions.

  10. Propaganda has an equivalence at the level of technique, not source.

    To quote the 'father of public relations' Edward Bernays: "If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, it is now possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without them knowing it." (Propaganda 1928: 71).

    It is this belief in the "understanding of mechanisms and motives of the group mind" that matters, and is equivalent across regimes whether they are democracies or tyrannies. Individuals such as Bernays or Walter Lippman certainly did not see any difference between the two when it came to the role of knowledge in mass societies:

    "Those who manipulate the unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country… This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society" (Ibid, 9).

  11. Top Gun at CCTV

    Oh, come on. There are fans of Top Gun at CCTV. A maverick employee was overcome by "that loving feeling."

  12. Top Gun at CCTV

    Oh, come on. There are fans of Top Gun at CCTV. A maverick employee was overcome by "that loving feeling."

  13. Is there an operational F35 for which footage exists?

  14. Is there an operational F35 for which footage exists?

    • Details, details…

  15. Details, details…

  16. And once again, Conservative supporters have 0 sense of humour.

  17. Okay I'm ripping this off from my friend, but after I said to him "that's so inept it's almost clever," he replied "they're just saying– you come into Chinese airspace? You're ridin' the highway to the danger zone!"

  18. Okay I'm ripping this off from my friend, but after I said to him "that's so inept it's almost clever," he replied "they're just saying– you come into Chinese airspace? You're ridin' the highway to the danger zone!"

  19. It would have been better showing an F-22 being blown up in that split second.

  20. It would have been better showing an F-22 being blown up in that split second.

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