Fidel Castro passed away not too long ago. As the leader/dictator (however you want to look at it) of his country, Cuba, there was a 9-day mourning period to honour Castro. If I hadn’t gone to Cuba in September, I wouldn’t be able to understand the reason for nine whole days of mourning. Since being there I understand! The propaganda is on a whole-nother-level (MAD TV Reference). Every tourist bookstore is filled with the Life and Times of Castro, calendars of Che Guveara and Fidel fighting in guerrilla warfare, etc, etc. There are buildings and statues dedicated to the leaders of the revolution all over the tourist populated areas.
After 7 short days in Cuba, I was convinced that the revolution was 100% great for everyone involved (Just kidding, but the level of indoctrination is pretty impressive).
I suspect that the newspapers and television stations are also great forces in the propaganda machine. The fact that access to the Internet is pretty sparse, means that the message to citizens is controlled pretty well on the tiny island. For example.
Every Friday morning at primary schools across Cuba, the children line up at assembly…after standing to attention, singing the national anthem and saluting the flag, they recite together.
“Pioneers for communism,” they chant in unison. “We will be like Che.” – BBC
With that in mind, I understand why Cubans were devastated when their leader passed away. They grew up loving the leader and his revolutionary friend, Che.
At the market in Cuba, I bought a bunch of Cuban propaganda paraphernalia including this beret. I don’t actually know how to wear a beret, but I like the way it looked slightly to the side 🙂 Paired with a black crop top and African wax print skirt I think this is the look my army would go for if I were a dictator :p
Here is a round up of my favourite…
Information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view. – definition of propaganda
Is Putin just a guy going about riding his horse shirtless, or is he a strong leader capable of bringing Russia back to its former glory?
War on Drugs
It has been known for a long time that weed is the gateway drug! Gotta get em’ early!
Classic Canadian Government advertising. When GST (Goods and Services Tax) was being peddled in Canada they tried to sell it to Canadians in fancy commercials. I wasn’t alive when the tax was proposed, but I still think it is modern 🙂
Probably the trendiest propaganda these days!