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Sweeping Statements

It’s 2:05 a.m., and I’ve been up working on my compo. That’s (only) another few bars done, but it feels like I can go forward more easily from here. I’ve been stuck for more than a week, and I’ve been turning my attention to ToK instead. Basically, it was worth it losing a few hours of sleep to get across that speedbump.

Today I chanced upon an old issue of IdN. From the magazine:
Interview w/ Joe Kubert:
IdN: Are there designs or works of art that have used the ‘war and peace’ theme as a form of propaganda?
JK: Of course. War stories I’ve drawn/edited usually ended with ‘Make War No More’. Every form of communication, to one degree or another, is propaganda.

It does agree with this definition from Propaganda And Persuasion by Garth S. Jowett and Victoria O’Donnell : ‘Propaganda is the deliberate, systematic attempt to shape perceptions, manipulate cognitions, and direct behaviour to achieve a response that furthers the desired intent of the propagandist.’ Statement #1 seems correct, if the definition remains as wide as it is.

The etymology is also quite interesting. From the Wiki:
The term originates with the Sacred Congregation for the spreading of the Faith (sacra congregatio christiano nomini propagando or Congregatio de Propaganda Fide), which was founded by Pope Gregory XV in 1622, shortly after the start of the Thirty Years’ War. This department of the pontifical administration was charged with the spread of Catholicism and with the regulation of ecclesiastical affairs in mission territory.

‘Sweeping statements’ and ‘propaganda’ have byword-ish connotations to such an extent that it’s ironic.

Also from IdN:
Write-up about interview w/ art4soul’s Joseph Foo:
Sure, everyone needs to make a living, he admits, but he feels that the world of graphic design has reached a point where designers have ‘lost the plot’ as well as their consciences, and that success is merely equated with material rewards and big bucks. ‘Humankind has always been intrigued by two concerns: the appreciation of beauty and the quest for the meaning of life. And when these two concerns meld and intertwine, the result is often some of the most stunning images and creations in the history of art.’

A second sweeping statement. There’s some of context provided for the statement. I thought the direct quote and the preceding paraphrase seemed quite incongruous. I think humankind has always wanted the meaning of life to be a sweeping statement. I also think a ‘sweeping statement’ should be dragged across the floor.

United have lost. Also, my FPL has been disastrous thus far, except for Mellberg (Aston Villa defender, clean sheet and a goal) and David James.

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