One of the several established themes in anthropogenic warming alarmism is that huge amounts of money flows freely through the arteries of skeptics. This idea has been propounded repeatedly so much so that activists forget that they are the ones floating and bouncing around on climate money.
The second theme is that skeptics somehow have their hand on the pulse of the nation (whatever nation you might choose) and they communicate in devious ways to fry the eco-circuits of its citizens’ brains. Therefore the climate change infrastructure apparently has to try hard to nurture and nourish back to life, the aforesaid green-ethical brain-circuitry.
It was inevitable that someone put two and two together. Why not use the climate money to brainwash the ‘dozing consensus’ into believing that catastrophic warming is afoot?. Now there are many reasons for how things came to a head in this fashion. But the way anthropogenic warming has decided to put its dollars (pounds and euros) to use is to indulge in propaganda.
Propaganda is a strong word, with many negative connotations. But it is a specific term with a clear meaning too. All we need to do is examine if the anthropogenic consensus is involved in activities that pass the muster for ‘propaganda’.
How does a propaganda website look? Let us examine the evidence first.
What does the evidence tell us?
The most obvious conclusion which is very, very difficult to refute is – these websites are well-funded! Gorgeous Flash animations, gentle mouseover effects, original high-resolution photographic assets, a minimalist corporate feel – these websites have it all. Swarms of glowing fireflies follow the cursor and circles of doom bloom under the pointer. Compare with any scrawny skeptical website – most of them are free-riding on blog platforms. Even the most visited ones have irritating Google ads and a begging bowl icon up in some corner – which means they are using their websites to make money, not making websites because they had the money. The screen-shots do not do justice to several of these websites – this is climate porn at its best.
Next, the propaganda elements. Stark simple graphical elements are a staple here. Over-sized fonts frame the issues in clear terms. Fear is the undercurrent, emotion plays on the surface. How do we explain looking into the imploring eyes of the kids holding a 350 placard that “horrifying hordes of climate invaders are upon us”? I saw the Imperial Japanese flag-style radiating ‘God’s rays’ design element on more climate-moneyed websites [here, here] than I am showing you here.
In order to understand some of these issues clearly, I am now going to venture into territory forbidden for skeptics –
“All propaganda must be popular and its intellectual level must be adjusted to the most limited intelligence among those it is addressed to. Consequently, the greater the mass it is intended to reach, the lower its purely intellectual level will have to be. But if, as in propaganda for sticking out a war, the aim is to influence a whole people, we must avoid excessive intellectual demands on our public, and too much caution cannot be exerted in this direction”
“The more modest its intellectual ballast, the more exclusively it takes into consideration the emotions of the masses, the more effective it will be.”
“It is a mistake to make propaganda many-sided, like scientific instruction, for instance”
Who do you think said these things? It was Adolf Hitler – a vain and cruel man no doubt, but not a stupid one apparently. Now some of us may studiously avoid talking about Hitler, even when relevant – which only amounts to a curious form of denial in itself – hoping this will rid us of the ‘denier’ tag. Clearly quite a few of us are wasting the extra and non-extra time on our hands doing climate stuff. But there are great numbers or atleast smaller numbers with lots of money who take this climate stuff seriously, fanatically and militantly. How do they read the situation?
“Emerging battle-bruised from the disaster zone of Copenhagen, but ever-hopeful, a rider on horseback brought news of darkness and light…”
“We know who you are. We know where you live. We know where you work. And we be many, but you be few.”
Why do you find government-funded and green websites in propagandist mode? How come they follow the above instructions to the letter, inadvertently or otherwise? Because we are ‘at war’ – that is why.
The crushing force of directness gives reason enough for anyone to pause and think – if climate science is that simple and straight-forward, what are the debates in science all about?
Expect a greater explosion of message-driven climate art in the future. There are reasons for why the climate debate is headed in this ‘visually oriented’ direction which we shall explore later. Suffice to say here that the folks at Futerra whom we encountered in the Climategate files are still at the same game and they gladly tell us in their own words what their kind intend to do.
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