Friday, June 16, 2006

PC Gone Wild, Film at 11

What's more important the message or the messenger? From whats happened to two students at a Northport, NY, H.S., we can deduce the messenger. The story.

Seems two High School kids quoted Hitler in the Yearbook. Yes sounds frightening doesn't it? But the quotes where not racist or anti Semitic. One was "Strength lies not in defense, but in attack." Gee just before we invaded Iraq about 85% of Americans were screaming those words. The other was "The great masses of people ... will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one." This one was a surprise I didn't know Hitler had said that. I thought it was FDR or another president, or their press secretaries. But it rings true, just look at the copies of the "Star" and “Enquire” sold for proof of that. The ironic part is the last quote is used in a strategy Game called Civilization IV I play. A voice that sounds like Leonard Nemor quotes people each time you discover a new technology. I'm sure he didn't know it was Hitler, maybe we should recall the game?
Compton's father, Steven, said that his son meant no harm in picking the quote. "I guess he didn't seriously consider the source; he was more interested in the quote," he said. "He's a child."

"More interested in the quote." He's not alone. I'll take it that Compton was the one that used the great masses one. Well, look at the American public they sure prove it true. "He's a child", and out of the mouth of babes.

Now is the up roar over the author of the quotes or does it hit to close to home with truths that we'd rather ignore. Then again it could just be PC Gone Wild.

3 comments:

Ray said...

Hitler did say ""The great masses of people ... will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one."

I don't see the problem, all despots sound alike.

For instance here's some more like that one:

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. - Joseph Goebbels

sounds remarkably similar to:

"You Have To Keep Repeating Things To Catapult The Propaganda" – George W. Bush

KC said...

IF YOU TELL A LIE WAS BY JOSEPH GOEBELS? I SAW IT QUOTED AS HITLER.....HMMM I NEED TO DOUBLE CHECK THAT.........ANYWAY......THE TRUE GOOBERS ARE THE IDIOTS IN THE SCHOOL!
I COULDN'T QUOTE CRAP WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL, AT LEAST THESE KIDS ARE LEARNING SOMETHING!

KC said...

AHHHH IT HAS BEEN ATTRIBUTED TO BOTH OF THEM...SINCE THEY WERE SLEEPING IN THE SAME BED I GUESS IT DONT MATTER.