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Offline Matthew

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« on: December 31, 2012, 03:14:42 PM »
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  • ‘Clearly a Smash Hit’: Population Reduction Through ‘Long-Running Serialized Dramas’

    December 31st, 2012
    Via: PeakProsperity:
    Bill Ryerson: Well, you brought up Population Media Center. One of the things that we do – and that is the primary thing we do – is to use a strategy of communications that has turned out, from everything we have been able to measure, to be the most cost-effective strategy for changing behavior with regard to family size and contraceptive use on a per-behavior change basis of any strategy we have found on the planet. And this is the use of long-running serialized dramas, melodramas like soap operas, in which characters gradually evolve from the middle of the road in that society into positive role models for daughter education, delaying marriage and childbearing until adulthood, spacing of children, limiting of family size, and various other health and social goals of each country. And we have now done such programs in forty-five countries. And I can give you a couple of statistics.
    For example, in northern Nigeria, a program we ran from 2007 to 2009 was listened to by 70% of the population at least weekly. It was a twice a week program. It was clearly a smash hit. And it was a smash hit because it was highly suspenseful and highly entertaining. But it had a storyline dealing with a couple deciding to use family planning, which is almost taboo in northern Nigeria because less than 10% of the people in that region use any modern method of contraception. We had eleven clinics have healthcare workers ask clients what had motivated them to come in for family planning, and 67% percent of them named the program as the motivation.
    Chris Martenson: Congratulations.
    Bill Ryerson: Our cost per family-planning adopter of that entire program, 208 episodes, writing, acting, production, and primetime air purchase, plus the research pre- and post-broadcast and the monitoring research, came out to 89 cents per family-planning adopter. That is the kind of thing that can dramatically change demographic trends globally. We need to greatly expand this type of work.

    Chris Martenson: Well, maybe there are some things that work there as well. We are seeing changes in behaviors there, too. And if the story is right, if the narrative is correct, people will live into that narrative. And in the absence of a good narrative will default into – maybe I will call them more “primal” sort of behavior sets.
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    Offline Matthew

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    « Reply #1 on: December 31, 2012, 03:14:55 PM »
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  • Why I don't have a TV.

    Don't think that Hollywood doesn't do this to Americans as well.

    It's a scientific fact that Hollywood is run by Jews. They want to make us ALL pseudo-religious seculars like themselves. And they want to drive down our morality, so we are easier to control. It's common sense and HIGHLY easy to believe.
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    « Reply #2 on: December 31, 2012, 10:25:48 PM »
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  • Thanks Matthew.

    As the we're so often told -- it's harmless entertainment that doesn't influence people's behaviors. Only out of touch, evil fundamentalist religious fuddy-duddies think otherwise and want to spoil everyone's fun.

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    If parents want to raise holy children -- no TV.
    If you want to be personally holy. No TV.


    "A priest's primary duty is to save souls; he is responsible for prevailing moral attitudes in his parish and specifically for the salvation of his parishioners' souls. . . The priest, then must come to an honest recognition of the primary avenue to the destruction of souls in his Catholic homes, as that window to the world of immorality -- the television set. And he must continually point out to his parishioners that acceptance of TV entertainment is simply not compatible with the Christian life of spirituality."

    - Fr. Frank Poncelet
    Sincerely,

    Shin

    'Flores apparuerunt in terra nostra. . . Fulcite me floribus.' (The flowers appear on the earth. . . stay me up with flowers. Sg 2:12,5)'-

    Offline RomanCatholic1953

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    « Reply #3 on: January 01, 2013, 12:13:42 AM »
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  • I never go to the movies nor an I addicted to TV because they are controlled
    by you know whom.  

    Offline Renzo

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    « Reply #4 on: January 01, 2013, 01:32:33 AM »
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  • I guess they want to trick Nigerian women out of the house and into the workplace.  

    And they'll call it "liberation."   :rolleyes:
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    « Reply #5 on: January 04, 2013, 05:06:10 PM »
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  • Someone made a video featuring clips of celebrities admonishing people about guns and the Newtown massacre.  The clips were interspliced with extremely violent images from some of these actor's films.  What was funny wasn't the hypocrisy, which we all recognize, but the fact that the video was made because the creators and celebrities all believe, all KNOW, that they DO influence the public, otherwise why bother trying to communicate with them about gun control?

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    « Reply #6 on: March 14, 2013, 09:43:20 AM »
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  • Unless families reject these corrupting influences Tradition is doomed.

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    « Reply #7 on: March 14, 2013, 07:57:07 PM »
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  • The Persians have denounced them and have them pegged for their "Hollywoodism" creating a false sense of reality and history revisionism amongst other things..... :applause:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/19/world/middleeast/stung-by-argo-iran-backs-conference-decrying-hollywoodism.html?utm_campaign=15459197d3-JTA_Daily_Briefing_02_19_2013&utm_medium=email&_r=2&adxnnl=1&utm_source=Newsletter&

    Stung by ‘Argo,’ Iran Backs Conference Denouncing ‘Hollywoodism’

    Iranian and foreign guests participated in the 3rd annual Hollywoodism conference in Tehran this month.
    By THOMAS ERDBRINK
    Published: February 18, 2013

    TEHRAN — As the trailer for “Argo,” an Oscar contender and a thorn in the side of the Iranian government, played in a conference room in a hotel here this month, Mehdi Tondro shook his head in disapproval.

    A self-described “specialist in anti-Iranian and anti-Islamic films,” he fumed over scenes of angry Iranians storming the gates of the American Embassy in Tehran in 1979.

    “We Iranians look stupid, backward and simple-minded in this movie,” Mr. Tondro said. “Hollywood is not a normal industry; it’s a conspiracy by capitalism and Zionism. We need to come up with an answer to this and other films.”

    Around him sat 130 foreign guests who had been brought to Tehran by the government to debate exactly that question. It would prove harder than expected. Introduced by their Iranian hosts as “unsung heroes seeking truths,” a diverse group of people promoting “alternative thinking” had gathered to discuss what they said was the hidden agenda behind major American movies — an ideology they called “Hollywoodism.”

    Leftist activists, Muslim converts and a former American senator were interviewed by a stream of Iranian state television camera crews, which introduced them as Western “professors, researchers and critics.”

    Each participant had his own problems with Hollywood. E. Michael Jones, an American and the editor of Culture Wars, a conservative Christian magazine, said he was impressed by the way Iranians had managed to ban all exhibits of sexuality from their society. “There was a reason Iranians burned their cinemas during the revolution,” he said. “Their desexualization of their culture has been so efficient; I am truly impressed by that.”


    Others said they were there to build bridges. Mike Gravel, a former Democratic senator from Alaska, said Hollywood had brainwashed its audiences into thinking negatively about Iran. He said it was “fundamental” to discuss the American movie industry’s ways of portraying Iran in order to prevent “an insane war.”

    But the Iranians had more straightforward complaints. “Hollywood gets away with everything,” said Nader Talebzadeh, an Iranian-American filmmaker who hosts a popular television show on state television called “Secret.” It has featured panel discussions on influential people not paying back huge loans, criticism of economic policies and an interview with Dennis J. Kucinich, the Ohio Democrat and former presidential contender — a first for Iranian television.

    To Mr. Talebzadeh, it was clear that “Argo” was part of a larger plan by the American entertainment industry to remind a younger generation of the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. “It’s the only example of aggression they have against Iran,” he said. “ ‘Argo’ just tears open the wounds in order to prepare the minds. This movie is no coincidence. Timing matters.”

    Then Hassan Abbasi, an Iranian political strategist, took the stage. In Iran he is known as a provocative thinker, but outside the country he is mostly famous for his theory that the American cartoon figures Tom and Jerry are part of a Zionist conspiracy.

    Mr. Abbasi said popular TV series like “The Simpsons,” “Lost” and “South Park” were part of a ploy to present famous Hollywood directors as new philosophers, pushing “a mix of ideologies,” which all accumulated in “Hollywoodism,” he said.

    “They entertain us, but indoctrinate us at the same time,” said Mr. Abbasi, who drew applause from Iran’s minister of culture and Islamic guidance, Mohammad Hosseini. “Hollywoodism” revolved around sexual thoughts, he added.

    On a screen, Mr. Abbasi showed an image of a book about sexual fantasies called “Who’s Been Sleeping in Your Head,“ by an American writer, Brett Kahr, and said that American movies caused sexual problems. “The images you see pollute your sexual fantasies,” he told the audience.

    Then a group of teenage schoolgirls in black chadors took the stage to sing a song in English about their love of God. But their voices were drowned out by a male voice on a recording, because according to Shiite Islamic tenets, women’s singing voices are arousing.

    “We want to show the world that Iran is open to debates, we want to break the Western cultural embargo against us,” said Mr. Talebzadeh, who was one of the organizers of the conference. He said he wished that Ben Affleck, the director of “Argo,” would come to Iran to see the country for himself. “Be sure he would change his mind — we are not what Hollywood says we are,” Mr. Talebzadeh said. “He is welcome.”

    After lunch, the delegates again convened for a round-table debate on “Argo,” which Mr. Talebzadeh said was “anti-Iranian”; “Zero Dark Thirty,” which he called “outclassing Leni Riefenstahl’s Nazi propaganda”; and “Unthinkable,” a 2010 film in which Samuel L. Jackson’s character tortures an Iranian agent who is trying to set off nuclear weapons in three American cities.

    “This is a class-A anti-Iranian movie,” Mr. Talebzadeh said of “Unthinkable.” “It is just a neocon fantasy.” The other participants agreed.

    These movies are weapons of mass destruction against humanity,” said Isabelle Coutant-Peyre, a French lawyer who married the terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, better known as Carlos the Jackal, in a prison ceremony in 2001. Franklin Lamb, an American lawyer known for his strongly pro-Palestinian views, said that lawsuits were the only way to rein in Hollywood. “Hit them where it hurts: their pockets,” he said, before allowing that he had not seen a movie in years.

    A Muslim activist from Chicago, Abdul Alim Musa, urged the creation of satellite networks that adhere to Islamic values as the only way to counter the “cultural invasion” by Western movies.

    “I used to be a big drug dealer,” Mr. Musa said, saying the police pushed him to sell narcotics. “Another way the government controls the people.”

    Mr. Talebzadeh urged the participants to focus on solutions in other debates. “We have lots of work to do,” he said. “We must enlighten the U.S. audience, tell them the truth.”





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    « Reply #8 on: March 15, 2013, 09:54:53 AM »
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  • I have heard that the Persian culture is superior to Arab culture. I have chatted with Catholic croations online that have no love for muslims that will readily admit that the Shia Persians are leagues better as people than the sunni arab muslims. Catholics and jews are not chopped to pieces in persia, whereas they are persecuted in most of the other Muslim states. It's interesting that Israel offered many incentives for persian jews to come to Israel, and very few took the offer.

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    « Reply #9 on: March 15, 2013, 07:31:00 PM »
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  • Quote from: sedetrad
    I have heard that the Persian culture is superior to Arab culture. I have chatted with Catholic croations online that have no love for muslims that will readily admit that the Shia Persians are leagues better as people than the sunni arab muslims. Catholics and jews are not chopped to pieces in persia, whereas they are persecuted in most of the other Muslim states. It's interesting that Israel offered many incentives for persian jews to come to Israel, and very few took the offer.
    Iran has the highest Jewish population outside of Israel in that part of the world and most of them are living pretty damn good regardless of the Zionist propaganda you hear about in the MSM and Judenpresse, so that's why the Jews there don't want to leave Persia at all.

    As for the Arab and Persian Muslim thing, from what I understand, that's where the major division is in Islam with Iran being predominately Shia which is kind of analogus to "catholic" Islam while the Arabs are basically Sunni which falls more in line with a "protestant" form of Islam, the Shia are more rigidly structual within their heirarchy while the Sunni run rampant with their own form of "sola scriptura" of the Koran and Hadith. I believe much of the Sunni consider the Shia to be sort of apostates in Islam and worship in a form of idolatry, the Persians even have a very high regard for the BVM and some sects venerate her almost as much as Catholics. I could be wrong about some of this, but this is what I can recall from memory in seeing and hearing about these two divisions in Islam.

    But having said this, Persian culture is historically far superior than their Arabic cousins.

     

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