Are we being systematically
manipulated? Lied to? What kind of
information do we get from our
mainstream media? Is it “fair and
balanced,” or are some voices
amplified while others are suppressed?
Does it cover a wide range of opinion?
Has our media watchdog become a
lapdog? Are we being fed a steady diet
of lies and disinformation designed to
make us docile and subservient to
corporate and government power?
Some of the statements presented in
PRopaganda may be shocking or
difficult to believe. If you’re
unfamiliar with alternative media, you
probably won’t be used to hearing
things that stray so far from the
dominant discourse. But don’t take our
word for it. Look it up for yourself.
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A Unique Collaboration
PRopaganda has been with me for some time.
I originally concieved of the project about two
years ago, after a conversation with my father
which challenged me to create a simple tool to get
people interested in media manipulation. The
subject matter has been of interest to me for a
number of years, and I had been wanting to find a
way to merge my politics with my music. I feel
strongly that the propagandistic nature of our
media system is the greatest barrier to necessary
social change. People are simply not getting the
information they need to make informed and
intelligent decisions about the major crises
facing our world. Most people don't even know
about these crises. Worse yet, they don't KNOW
that they don't know. The media is excellent at
making people feel informed while providing us
with virtually zero information and steering us
clear of issues that might endanger the corporate
profit of advertisers and media owners.
I felt intuitively that the album should have a
strong hip-hop element to it. Unfortunately,
hip-hop is not a style of music I am overly
familiar with. Enter Kody, a.k.a. "Colourful
Approach." He and I go way back. I grew up with
his older brother, Craig from The Doctor Is In.
Kody and I also played together for years in
Ostara, an experimental rock band with no
analogues. There he quickly earned my respect and
admiration as a dedicated, talented, creative, and
powerful bass master. Since that time, he's delved
into more hip/hop-influenced stylings. Listening
to his progressive and groovy tracks one day, I
realized that Kody's music was exactly what
PRopaganda needed. Fortunately for me, Kody
agreed. Several months later, here we are.
This project was a unique long-distance
collaboration. Kody and I live several thousand
kilometres apart. There were many phone calls and
countless emails. I was surprised how smoothly
everything worked out, considering the barriers.
PRopaganda was a lot of work. Quite frankly, if I
have to listen to another radio broadcast or watch
another documentary about propaganda, I'm going to
puke all over myself. I estimate that I compiled
about 18 hours worth of 30-second clips, which
were then organized and cut down to probably about
6 hours worth of material, which I then sent to
Kody. Choosing what to use and what to discard was
a brutal task. At times, it felt like I was
choosing which of my children to sacrifice. The
music is all Kody, with the exception of "Making
Nonsense of Democracy" and "Arming One Side
(Israel Vs Palestine)," which were written and
recorded by me. Kody did all the mastering
himself. He also did most of the work on this
fantastic-looking myspace, including the artwork.
I helped stupervise.
We made this entire project on zero budget. It
cost us nothing to make, and we are not charging
anything to give it to you. We believe that this
information should be shared and disseminated as
widely as possible. For us, the truth is not a
product that can be packaged and sold.
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