Originally posted by rwingett
BBC.com has a story about a cartoon version of the life of Pope John Paul II, subtitled *cough* "The Friend of All Humanity."
The story ends with the line, "It is intended to appeal particularly to children."
With all the talk about brainwashing in the Jesus Camp thread, I wonder if this is nothing but a more benign version of the same thing.
1. a method for systematically changing attitudes or altering beliefs, originated in totalitarian countries, esp. through the use of torture, drugs, or psychological-stress techniques.
2. any method of controlled systematic indoctrination, esp. one based on repetition or confusion: brainwashing by TV commercials.
3. an instance of subjecting or being subjected to such techniques: efforts to halt the brainwashing of captive audiences.
Actually, it's 'indoctrination' we're talking about in the Jesus Camp thread.
1. to instruct in a doctrine, principle, ideology, etc., esp. to imbue with a specific partisan or biased belief or point of view.
2. to teach or inculcate.
3. to imbue with learning.
Is it brainwashing? Unless the RCC plans to come out with a whole series of cartoons about former Popes, I would have to say - no.
Is it indoctrination? Certainly!