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  • White phallocentric Judeo-Christian protagonists vs. Arabic/Russian/British/Black/European villains

    From the Orientalised Arab of Disney's Alladin to the resurgence of negative German, British and Russian stereotypes in 90s, 00s, and 10s, Hollywood inculcates us from birth to believe in anything more "East" than the USA as corrupt, suspicious, mystical, or simply *not in alignment with American values*. In contrast to the negative portrayal of its ethnic or nationalist "other", the studios and their Judeo-Christian producers routinely posit the white American male as a phallocentric hero who safeguards apparently benign American values like "Freedom" and "Liberty", and whilst there are dissenters among them, the general character of Hollywood's mainstream thus serves the pernicious ends of American foreign policy - usually in the Middle East. It does this by creating a dialectic of Good/American vs Bad/Eastern (or "Subaltern"). Audiences worldwide imbibe this ideology almost subliminally, especially in Europe and Canada, and other English-speaking nations whose political sympathies are partially aligned in any case. The result is a collective unconscious bias towards American/European-led/NATO military intervention, and the tacit blindside of said societies to the malovolent, Machiavellian real-politik of America's sympathy for oil-rich dictator and the morally barren divide-and-conquer politics of arming manipulable militias and rebel factions in war-torn regions of the world...

  • White Judeo-Christian phallocentric male protagonists, etc., etc.

    From the Orientalised Arab of Disney's Alladin to the resurgence of negative German, British and Russian stereotypes in 90s, 00s, and 10s, Hollywood inculcates us from birth to believe in anything more "East" than the USA as corrupt, suspicious, mystical, or simply *not in alignment with American values*. In contrast to the negative portrayal of its ethnic or nationalist "other", the studios and their Judeo-Christian producers routinely posit the white American male as a phallocentric hero who safeguards apparently benign American values like "Freedom" and "Liberty", and whilst there are dissenters among them, the general character of Hollywood's mainstream thus serves the pernicious ends of American foreign policy - usually in the Middle East. It does this by creating a dialectic of Good/American vs Bad/Eastern (or "Subaltern"). Audiences worldwide imbibe this ideology almost subliminally, especially in Europe and Canada, and other English-speaking nations whose political sympathies are partially aligned in any case. The result is a collective unconscious bias towards American/European-led/NATO military intervention, and the tacit blindside of said societies to the malovolent, Machiavellian real-politik of America's sympathy for oil-rich dictator and the morally barren divide-and-conquer politics of arming manipulable militias and rebel factions in war-torn regions of the world...

  • Yes yes yes

    From personal observation there is only one side presented in television and movies. Opposing or differing views are almost non existent. Any presentation of another view is only presented as insane and is relentlessly mocked. Ignorant and unquestioning viewers are easily brainwashed and act as though that is reality. When the do come in contact with someone with differing views they shut them down just as the media has trained them.

  • Gender bias obvious

    Every movie has a message that is given to its audience, usually in a state of emotion when it is more likely to be taken on board. In recent times, the protagonists in science fiction movies have been mostly female, portraying males around her as less than useful. We see a similar theme in television advertisements characterizing the female as effective and decisive and the male as a subservient. Bungling fool. This theme has become so common it cannot be an accident

  • It can be & often is

    TV & movies - always have a point of view, money talks & promotes the viewpoint or agenda of its backers. Conspiracy theories abound, but the will to do anything about them is lacking, so it seems people feel helpless to do anything to improve our collective lives. Jehovah God help us!!

  • Yes it is, with some exceptions

    Hollywood has been, among other things, a political propaganda machine. Many war and spy movies featured Chinese, Russians and Iranians as the "bad guys" and Americans as the obvious good ones. Hollywood has also been a terrific propaganda machine for social liberal values, often depicting conservatives as the bad guys and mocking social conservatives values. However, it's also fair to point out that sometimes Hollywood has also been critical on the flaws of the american political and economic system, so it has also occasionaly act as something like a critical conscience of the USA, and has also been critical of US policies in Vietnam and Iraq, to be completely fair

  • Hollywood is a propaganda machine

    Hollywood is a propaganda machine usually aimed at Russians, Muslims, Germany, China. It also is aimed at showing that American superiority over other countries, create patriotism in it's people, and show that the US is 'always fighting for the good'.
    Big Examples:
    1. The Green Berets
    2. 24
    3. Blackhawk Down
    4. Red Dawn

  • Hollywood is a propaganda machine

    Hollywood is a propaganda machine usually aimed at Russians, Muslims, Germany, China. It also is aimed at showing that American superiority over other countries, create patriotism in it's people, and show that the US is 'always fighting for the good'.
    Big Examples:
    1. The Green Berets
    2. 24
    3. Blackhawk Down
    4. Red Dawn

  • Disney films have not changed since the 1930s.

    Films like Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and The Little Mermaid have taken the 19th century Germanic tradition and skewed it to reflect the same neoliberal 'pretty girl gets material possessions she wants' American dream. Now that they have embraced soft-core feminism the materialism of Disney is even more pronounced in films like Frozen, Tangled, and Brave where the audience expects a certain type of ending from Disney. This repetition of bland, white-washed values promotes terrible morals as a given.

  • Yes, Hollywood (the TV & movie industry) is a propaganda machine.

    Yes, Hollywood is a propaganda machine that provides you with unmitigated bias. The Hollywood bias reflects who (and what) is the current darling of the media powerful. Right now it's Democrats, liberalism, and Barack Obama, but go back to the eighties and it was Republicans, conservatism, and Ronald Wilson Reagan (the actor turned President!)

    The Hollywood propaganda machine has existed since the days of silent movies and will always be a part of the American landscape as long as keep Hollywood is producing movies and television shows.

  • Hollywood is Innovative

    I think if anything Hollywood has shown that it is a house of innovation and not necessarily a propaganda machine. I think films have proven to be a forum of entertainment and thought. They general underline the goodness of humanity, not its worst. While some films may contain propaganda it is far from its worst.

  • No, it isn't.

    Hollywood is entertainment. The only reason it gets so much attention is because it's happening in the most powerful country in the world. But there are "Hollywoods", to one extend or the other, in every country. I think commercials, for example, contain some propaganda. But not Hollywood. It's just film-making.


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