Tuesday, December 16, 2008

YouTube Propaganda Concept

I'm thinking about making a YouTube video that reverses a lot of Creationist/Fundie accusations about us scientifically minded people. Think I might do it as a piece of propaganda in the form of one of those educational slide projectors with the beeps to signal slide changes. Anyway, some of the accusations I'm thinking of reversing:

1. Moral relativism. Some of you may have noticed this is a favorite of mine. I'd probably use the "saved by faith, not works" sort of thing as the basis: Morality, in that view, is just a mortal pastime. You can do whatever you want, so long as you luck out in believing in the right stone idol.

2. Epistemological relativism/instability/whatever. The truth is one thing one day, and then another thing the next. Whichever is convenient. One example that comes to mind is the archaeopteryx: Some Creationists say it's all bird, and others say it's all reptile with faked feathers.

3. Newage Retro Hippies. Do everything I can to associate them with "modern" forms of woo, like alternative medicine, psychics, flying saucer cults, etcetera and suggest Creationism is a gateway to these things. Might compare belief in Reiki to faith healing, for example.

4. Godwin like crazy. Quote Hitler:
"The fox remains always a fox, the goose remains a goose, and the tiger will retain the character of a tiger." - Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, vol. ii, ch. xi
Include a bit on Sarah Palin mocking fruit fly research and compare it to Trofim Lysenko's description of biologists as "fly-lovers and people-haters."

Any other ideas I could use? Sound clips and captured images would be nice, too.


King of Ferrets said...

I'd make it as satirical as possible.

Bronze Dog said...

Yeah. It'll be an exaggeration of my views, but not by far as some might think.

Hoping to make it sound like something from the 1950's, possibly gushing over how wonderful it is to live in America where science gives us freedom and apple pie.

King of Ferrets said...

Mmm... pie of the apple persuasion...

Clint Bourgeois said...

Show some hip kids getting screwed up at a party a la Reefer Madness.