I've been trying to follow and research what I believe is a progandanda message which has been hitting the mainstream media. In my "Oprah Says Make More Babies" post I tried to start a conversation on this, but I wasn't very clear or concise, and so the subject started bouncing around all over the place.
Basically, what I'm saying I've seen is a message which equates 'baby raising' with 'patriotic military service'.
I was speaking with a communications professor a month or two ago and we had an 'Oh my gosh!' moment when we realized we were both seeing the 'baby' message in various mainstream places (she had seen it on an Energizer battery billboard). We agreed we found it very troublesome, because, it seems similar to how Germany tried to prepare for WWII, but that's just our opinion.
The newest mainstream manifestation is a Disney film: [u:0860fa5abb]Vin Diesal is The Pacifier[/u:0860fa5abb]
Here's the official movie website:
The caption on the movie poster reads: "Welcome to the infantry". Vin Diesal stars as a Navy Seal taking on child rearing. The official movie website is very clear and unabashed at linking the themes of military service and child rearing. There's really nothing held back as far as this example goes. I mean, it's very odd in the first place that Vin Diesal is being used in a Disney film.
And I find it very interesting that both of these examples are linked to Disney. This film obviously... and as far as Oprah's "Worlds Biggest Baby Shower" filmed at Fort Campbell Army base; Oprah=ABC= Owned by Disney.
Here is one military wifes' blog who takes offense at Oprahs' military baby shower:
Is anyone else seeing or recognizing this 'baby+military' message in other places? Does anyone find it disturbing that in the midst of two wars and possibly more, we are being marketed with this junk?