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A point of convergence between entertainment and propaganda is their reliance on simplified versions of reality.
Entertainment distils complex human interactions into digestible, comedic moments, while propaganda simplifies political or social issues into easily understandable narratives. Both aim to make the audience feel a certain way, whether it’s laughter in the case of entertainment or emotions like fear in the case of propaganda.
There’s also the element of repetition.
Sitcoms have recurring jokes or situations that become funnier over time because they’re familiar. Propaganda uses similar tactics, employing recurring symbols, slogans, or themes that help to reinforce the narrative. This repetition serves to make the content more memorable and impactful, whether you’re laughing at a joke or absorbing a political message.
Consider that both entertainment and propaganda aim to guide the audience’s feelings about the actors and situations presented. The creators of both are acutely aware of the emotional journey they want to direct.
It’s a joke.