Stars & Bars: The Power of Symbolism

news  %tages Stars & Bars: The Power of Symbolism Say what you will in this area what it stands for, but the latest debate over the Confederate Flag and the passion behind it clearly show the power of symbols.Passion has been aroused on both sides of the Confederate Flag issue. Advocates and opponents are voicing their opinions and taking actions. While perhaps the debate’s center of gravity is the ancient Confederacy which has evolved even more in many ways – socially – economically – politically than even the past 200 years since the Civil War.We can all shape that the Stars and Bars has galvanized people into proceedings.Isn’t that the essence of PSYOP?A recent article in the on-line publication, The Havok Journal considers whether or not the flag’s past connotation should be erased just as Pharaoh ordered Moses’ name stricken from the obelisks and pyramids of Biblical Egypt. (See: by e-mail&utm_term=0_566058f87c-23a276440a-213402489which is also the photo source.)No matter what the outcome of the debate. Several things are sweet certain in my mind.1.     No one will look at the Confederate Flag quite the same way again.2.     Disaffected groups and individuals will use the Confederate Flag as a revive point or explanation for their anti-social beliefs and actions or tools for other nefarious purposes.·      The unintended consequences of restricting use of the symbol have not been a factor of the choice making process.·      The flag may be used to arouse flag opponents. ·      Criminals may use the image as a part of a cyber scam – click here if you despise the flag or vice versa.·      Hacktivist groups such as Anonymous may take cyber proceedings hostile to groups they feel are not insightful sufficient and continue to spectacle the flag on-line.3.     The PSYOP/MISO Community should step back and appreciate the raw power of past symbols and take a fresh look at contemporary operations and the possibility of applying this lesson.This post represents a different perspective than I normally take. Please let me know what you reckon – one way or the other.

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