This parallel universe moment made me giggle.
And on a quasi-kinda-related note, here’s a quote from an anonymous Soviet news correspondent, based five years in the U.S. –
I have the greatest admiration for your propaganda. Propaganda in the West is carried out by experts who have had the best training in the world — in the field of advertising – and have mastered the techniques with exceptional proficiency …
Yours are subtle and persuasive; ours are crude and obvious … I think that the fundamental difference between our worlds, with respect to propaganda, is quite simple. You tend to believe yours … and we tend to disbelieve ours.
Where does advertising end and propaganda begin? I’m not sure there’s much of a difference, except maybe in perception. One is bad, and the other is worse … I guess I’ll go hug a tree and try to feel better :(