Conversations with authors Glenn Diesen and Owen Schalk

Remembrance Day, or Veterans Day as it is better known in the United States, is the official annual occasion to reflect and memorialize the sacrifices of so many men and women in uniform committed to serving their country during major military conflicts…in particular, World War I, World War II and North Korea. [1 ]

It is said that when the red poppy was first adorned more than a century ago, it was meant to stress the message “Never Again” to exhaust valuable lives in a conflict as horrid as the Great War. But the message has evolved, you might say, into saluting the courage, bravery and derring-do of so many young lads and lasses fighting for their nations, freedoms, etc. [2]

In the past, after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union, the world breathed a collective sigh of relief. World War III was something that we thought the invention of the atomic bomb, combined with common sense had torn from the pages of human endeavour. Today, a Third World War is seen as a likely scenario. [3][4]

This massaging of our nation’s mentality toward war has been aided by a special re-framing of our news, our history, and even our education. In Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media by Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky, corporate power by means of ownership and advertising, ends up compelling the minds of millions in a particular direction, in line with those directing modern methods of communication. Though today, in the age of the internet, we have beyond such archaic methods of control…haven’t we?

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