The Art of Deception

The Art of Deception

2013, Conspiracy  -   178 Comments
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Fact is no longer a factor. As technology has developed, websites like YouTube and Vimeo make it possible for anyone to broadcast information, even if the information they express is based on lies.

In an academic environment, a paper must have detailed references according to a set of university standards, but in a film, anything goes.

The Art of Deception is an explanation of how a documentary is constructed to communicate truth, brainwash the audience and push an agenda.

The Art of Deception explains the way the media has become a puppet for certain people. The US government used Kony 2012, or the invisible children, as a puppet to invade Uganda after they discovered huge amounts of untapped oil. This is explained in great detail in the documentary.

The Illuminati used Zeitgeist as a puppet to destroy religion and to scare the population about their own existence. Sounds far fetched, right?

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Student
Student
3 years ago

A+ critical thinking

P4OUR
P4OUR
6 years ago

I just had this video playing in the background while working on some things and couldn't help but notice how full of crap this whole documentary is! I started paying attention to how they threw up passages being typed up on the screen without credits to who or where it came from. Are these slowly typed comments, phrases, whatever supposed to make them true, or something? Like they had importance? Everything in this video, from when I started paying attention, names NO sources. Just slow, stupid typing sentences... with no source... unimportant quotes, maybe?

John
John
6 years ago

That was total BS

DustUp
DustUp
6 years ago

And rightfully so, the Global Warming data was not data but fiction from very poor computer modeling of climate. Other supposed actual data was pencil whipped, all proven --or weren't you around for the uproar when the emails from those doing the pencil whipping were published?

Great little film with a great reminder to do your homework rather than falling for the violin strings of anything. Before watching, due to the poor description, I thought it was going to be a hit piece on independent documentaries by the full of baloney major media and academia. It seems not the only one with several commenting on how an academic book, paper, or video can be just as bogus as anything else.

That is one of the primary ways the powers that be try to lend credibility to their deceptions, the pay a University for the results they want. It sounds authoritative: "University study shows that it takes as much or more energy to produce ethanol than you get..." Completely false and proven so by Brazil who gets 6-8 times energy out as the use to produce it, including manufacturing the farm tractors. So is the food vs. fuel nonsense. Even though corn is a lousy source for ethanol, only about 5% of corn grown in the usa is sweet corn for human consumption. Most of the rest is field corn for livestock feed, something you would spit out. On top of that, the more ethanol crop, the more food. Only the carbohydrates are used to make the ethanol, the protein can be used as a higher quality livestock feed that causes less sickness and faster weight gain. Or for the vegetarians, they can eat it if they want. It is merely the oil companies' propaganda who desire to prevent competition. And this film was so correct in that people immediately buy into what they are told when emotion is used: "people are starving due to cropland being converted to fuel" pure hogwash. The only thing that caused people to starve was the market manipulators who cause a bushel of grain to sky rocket at the time. Then they deflected blame onto ethanol. Nice but fiction. Same manipulators that drove a barrel of oil from about 35/bbl up to 140/bbl from 2003 to 2008; beyond war premium, beyond gold inflation, beyond any prior measure.

My only question is when oh when will people turn off the propaganda stream and go search out independent news sources, which there are plenty?

Curt
Curt
7 years ago

Ahhh .... I found it! No wonder I couldn't remember his screen name (I had to copy and paste): disqus_XmSIACUBJF: " The clever bit is that they get the viewer to link, by association, global warming with "....blatant misinformation, wrongly attributed quotes, invented history, obviously spliced news video....etc." . In other words they are putting the boot into the global warming lobby by making out that the data on global warming falls into the same category of misinformation that is mentioned in the film. That deceitful aspect slides past us while we watch the infotainment, and for the unwary it registers somewhere in the subconscious." Brilliant!

Curt
Curt
7 years ago

Chris Morgan: ROFL! I had to go back and read your three posts again! :)

Curt
Curt
7 years ago

Thank you dmxi! For motivating me to actually count how many words are in your 112 word run on sentence! I started reading after "very true,waldo." Some may count more than 112 words in the run-on sentence, depending on how you would count "p.joseph" or whether you count ampersands ("&").

Curt
Curt
7 years ago

Hello people! I stumbled upon this comment section, before watching the movie. I was directed to TopDocumentaryFilms after doing a StartPage search for, "expose of misinformation documentaries actually produced by government agents." (I still have not found that documentary - suggestions?). Anyway, I found the above comments highly entertaining and thought provoking. I am going to have to scroll back up to see who to thank for the most intriguing: that "The Art of Deception" is actually a triple-cross for our mind, and has it's own propaganda agenda on a subconscious level.

UKIWIK
UKIWIK
7 years ago

Brilliant experiment, it's staggering how many people are completely oblivious to what just occurred. The film-maker even dropped a clue at the start before doing the big reveal at the end, yet so many people still cannot not connect the dots...God help us all.

Justin
Justin
8 years ago

This film is a parody, people! It hints at it many times throughout the film, while using the exact style that is being criticized, then finishes up by pointing out a couple of blatant deceptions (crossword puzzle page of newspaper, a model and actor talking as an authority on political history).

Maybe they should've been more explicit about it in the end, but point made - even when blatantly using the same tactics being explained and criticized, many people will still not read between the lines. Propaganda is still incredibly effective.

Robert
Robert
8 years ago

Our children won't recognize the world? I'm 45 and I already don't recognize IT or the Weather.. We're ripping the tops off mountains, injecting long lists of toxic chemicals into the ground while fracking, seeping radiation and oil spills into the ocean, allowing long lasting synthetic molecules from hormones and antibiotics to get into our drinking water and FRANKENSTEIN'ing our food, and God only knows what chemicals are being TRAILED into our atmosphere. The fact that we HAVE INDEED affected our environment by releasing Billions of years of sequestered Co2 into our atmosphere in a matter of 100 years, is now almost beside the point as we are doing so very much to destroy our Mother Earth, in so many ways and places. What an INSIDIOUS OIL INDUSTRY FUNDED film this is, it exists simply to deny the fact that we affect our world... HELLO...

Alfons
Alfons
8 years ago

Im appalled by the sheer number of people who doesn't understand the reason behind this "documentary"!
If you just take the Horus statement and LOOK at the guy presenting the "facts", you can see he's reading them from a newspaper. And then use a couple of minutes to google Horus you will see there is no "true" story of Horus. There are a million of them!
Its a documentary about deception, deciving you to prove how easy it is to fool people!
And some bought it!

FoolBuster
FoolBuster
9 years ago

did u guys watch it all n get to the end, whetre they show u that they were fulla **** in their presentation, while winking at the audience, who has been folled once again, according to these comments.
NONE OF WHAT THEY CLAIM HERE IS THEIR BELIEF. they duped u while showing u how easily suped u are! and? IT WORKED. smdh.
so many of y'all missed the point of this. they themselves point out that their points while taking apart those docs, were based on nothing!
i can believe how many of y'all missed the entire point of this.
this world is doomed. lol

Rese
Rese
9 years ago

LOL! Religion needs to be destroyed. Insane for people to base their lives on a 2000 year old book based on the zodiac.Religion is the propaganda. How do we even know it was properly translated when at one time only one group of people (the elites) were allowed to even read the material. Isn't possible that man took things out and put them back in? Religion is about control and a tool used by the elites to keep the masses in confusion and stop them from realizing their real power.

Justanyone
Justanyone
9 years ago

WTF religion (I'm sorry to offend but it's true)to spit people apart not together and it shouldn't be that way. And illuminati is not the same as the occult there different here why, 1. Illuminati are ancient freemasonry practices that's go back thousands of years and they were builders, architects, writers, kings, queens, lawmakers, and recorderror of history or the ancient librarians. 2. The occult is an recently new organization( or rather new name )that's been a around for a few or more hundreds years. They practice black magic, devil worship and all the works.etc Anyway they also have influence the many industries the most public known is the music and movies. So yeah that's all I'm going to say about the topic (because I said too much maybe)and no didn't bother watching the doc because of the description ok lay off.

asdf
asdf
9 years ago

Irresponsible. Propaganda. Very little evidence is offered to support the claims. People are getting tired of being lied to...

Richard Neva
Richard Neva
10 years ago

Al Gore is a boring liar and so is Global Warning. Both are grand hoaxes!

darcy_2k
darcy_2k
10 years ago

This documentary is a horrible, horrible piece of manipulation. I acn't believe how horrible it is

darcy_2k
darcy_2k
10 years ago

This is the most blatant piece of propaganda ever. The Australian government is blatantly ideologically opposed to human driven climate change. According to this, environmentalism = communism. Bull****.

darcy_2k
darcy_2k
10 years ago

So far this documentary insinuates that concern relating to human driven climate change is misplaced. I beg to differ

SKAN ONE
SKAN ONE
10 years ago

All religions are garbage so thanks illuminati

weaverofspirit
weaverofspirit
10 years ago

Interesting. However do they not start with the assumption that all documentary viewers are gullible? I watch lots of documentaries. Often they raise interesting questions that might lead me to think more, research more but I do not just believe or disbelieve everything any one of then says. I think most documentaries do have an agenda - they have points they want others to believe or consider and of course many have a money-making and/or political agenda. This documentary seemed, among other things, really focused on a message about "lack of science" Not everyone is, thinks like, agrees with or cares about science all the time. However, I agree that documentaries, way too often do want us to just believe their point of view without sourced material. Sources (doesn't have to all be scientific academia sources) I do believe would help with over-all credibility of any message or point of view.

Arasan Thangavelu
Arasan Thangavelu
11 years ago

Clever documentary, but it obviously is chartered to appeal to a certain group of people. You can clearly tell by the documentaries they review in the film. It has a tendency to discredit climate change, even though it is scientifically proven the Greenhouse Gases such as CO2 increase the Earth's overall temperature, and since humans are releasing massive amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere, we obviously are somewhat to blame for the issue; the film tries to appeal to our nature, basically telling us "Oh, don't worry, it's not our fault at all." They even use discredited journalists and scientists in the presentation, just Google it. Also, when reviewing the religious film, the producer is making an appeal to religious Christians, which are abundant in the USA, which is the target audience of the film. The emphasis on disproving that "there is no Jesus", even though this wasn't the primary thesis of the original documentary at all, is quite disturbing. Also, there are references to Communism that are obviously incorrect. Lenin was a terrible person, but his views on global climate change, and its effects especially in Russia, were quite correct.

That's not to say the film doesn't make good points; all the documentaries reviewed are bogus. This just proves that producers tend to use propaganda techniques even when they are presenting good informations, because it is only by using these techniques that they can appeal to the masses, and by that I mean the general public.

Take your time and analyse everything you see, because all of it has been engineered to persuade you. Everyone has they're own agenda, and you have yours.

That's the point of this film! To show you how susceptible you are to propaganda. The producer does it on purpose. Watch it tell the end.

Keith
Keith
11 years ago

What a joke, so they are obviously a bunch of paid actors in this documentary. They make claims about why other documentaries are fake with no evidence..then this documentary has no evidence either?

Oh and on youtube the comments are only approved by the uploader...if that tells you anything about honest opinions.

RJP
RJP
11 years ago

I applaud and laugh at the majority of people attempting to discredit the documentary and attempt to explain its "agenda" or "own propaganda". The sole purpose was to separate critical thinkers and conspiracy theorists and encourage all to not take documentaries so literally!

In my opinion they took no real stance on any issue, but mockingly took a side to further exploit gullible or easy believers. Whether or not global warming is a serious issue; or all religions are virtually the same; or whether Kony was a US propaganda video or not; do your own research and come to your own conclusions.

Dont force your beliefs and ideas on people whether you know its truth or think its the truth; Teach people, don't preach to people.

Sofia Duun
Sofia Duun
11 years ago

Its like the music in stores that makes you in good mood :P

bonnielou
bonnielou
11 years ago

For the majority of people, who don't get the joke or recognize the satire, it is effectively acting as if pushing the corporate anti-global warming agenda.

disqus_XmSIACUBJF
disqus_XmSIACUBJF
11 years ago

I agree with John_1411, this is a triple whammy on deception. The base issue is deception. The film tells the story of how vested interests use many techniques of deception to further their agenda. If the story rested there it would be ok. But the third level of deception uses this story about deception as a vehicle for linking two very different concepts. On the one hand we have issues such as religion, lemmings and political shenanigans around oil and natural resources. On the other hand we have hard science around the issue of global warming. The former have scant and questionable evidence and are issues that one can ligitimately have opinions on. The latter is based on very good science and is no longer questionable on the factual evidence. The third level of deception involves linking these two kinds of issues so that in the mind's eye global warming becomes just another issue about which one can have an opinon. Clever ? Perhaps. I'd like to say that it's transparent, but I'm not so sure that it is. Many people will be misled and deceived into making the link. What a sad world we live in !

Matei Alexandru
Matei Alexandru
11 years ago

No offense but someone has to stop the U.S. greedy bastards. Americans have created to much trouble around the world and some day they will pay for it.

comedyflyer
comedyflyer
11 years ago

Meanwhile back at the ranch the tar sands uses 9 million gallons of fresh water to make 3 million gallons of oil. Please tell those living by the rivers that the rise in the cancer rates has nothing to do with the black hole of Alberta. Guess where I got that info? My favorite documentaries...Muffins for Granny...W;here's My Goat? & Water on the Table..I was not deceived by any of these....not all documentaries are created equal.

PLsmscientist
PLsmscientist
11 years ago

Since Tv came into our homes deception is a weapon of mass control. Sure, it's frustrating to not have a definite truth, but I rather live with a doubt than a complete lie.

Kraura
Kraura
11 years ago

MFW 70% of you completely missed the point of this doc....

If you bothered to watch till the end, you'd realized, that this documantary is satire. It's attempting to show how easy it is to believe something, even when no real facts are presented. The ending clearly shows that what stated in this documentary is unable to be backed up with facts. I liked it because instead of just telling us what to look out for it SHOWED us; which is much more effective way of teaching people. Even people that seemingly didn't enjoy this doc, or thought it was a waste of time, will probably be more critical of the things they watch in the future without even realizing it.

Sacco Svd
Sacco Svd
11 years ago

mmmm not so good docu

Harry Nutzack
Harry Nutzack
11 years ago

just about all of you missed the point. perhaps you should actually PAY ATTENTION, as instructed in the beginning of this very informative piece.

the "education" here has NOTHING to do with the points "championed", or "lambasted". the producers use propaganda technique to "debunk" propaganda technique. as they point out each and every one of the "sales methods" used in a successful piece, they use the same method to kick dirt on it's shoes.

how many of you got your panties in a bunch over the "global warming" section? all of you who did got "punked". watch the final few minutes, and PAY ATTENTION. the "climatologist" with the french accent points out that HE IS READING A SCRIPTED PART. do you get it yet?

the "lesson" here is "don't believe it just because some dork in a lab coat in a doc said so". "don't believe it just because some literate looking dweeb said so while referencing to written notes (actually the puzzle page of a newspaper)". "don't believe it just because some hipster geek told you it was the right thing". they used excellent examples of pitchmanship/propaganda, then contrasted them with the same methods used to "debunk". their point was NOT to sway you away from the doomish prognostications of mr gore, but to point out that maybe a skeptical examination of "the facts" is in order, no matter the message, or messenger. now, riddle me this: are lemmings actually suicidal en masse? the "A" answer would appear to be "go check a reliable reference source, rather than take our word for it", which is also the ONLY position actually championed in this piece.

CrayRail
CrayRail
11 years ago

The makers of *this* piece of propaganda at least waited until around the 10 minute mark to bolster their arguments from Fox news. Australian and French right wingers don't make them any less reactionary and the modern environmentalist movement wasn't created in Russian by Lenin, it really started in the early 1970s. Many people on the "New Left" at the time sought to distance themselves from Marxism...hence the "new" part of New Left. Of course if you are using Glenn Beck as your source there is no differentiating between communists and liberals.

anna miller
anna miller
11 years ago

A psychological reaction to the normalcy bias, certain Christian fringe conspiracy theorists are floating that climate change is not caused by out of control greed and our collective human impact since the industrial revolution. But rather through propaganda promoted by the blood lines of antiquity who are controlling the weather and are now spraying chemtrails to poison the masses and lower our human population. More likely, chemtrails are being used because scientists are desperate to cool our Earth's rising temperature. Lovelock and Monbiot are now both supporting the use of nuclear energy because the burning of coal has a much greater carbon release into atmosphere. Although I disagree with their reasoning, Monbiot has been vilified as part of the illuminati, although he has spent his life courageously
working for an improved environment.
Instead of facing the heart of our human problems, many turn to conceptual realities thus eliminating any possible effective response. This documentary shows just how easy the public can be manipulated through slick advertising and presentation.
The tragedy is that truth often gets lost in the shuffle of persuasion.

Jim Smith
Jim Smith
11 years ago

So am I to believe fractional reserve banking as presented in Zeitgeist is actually good for the economy?

John_1411
John_1411
11 years ago

Try doing some research on the filmmakers. This doc is not a double whammy, it is a triple whammy. This is very clever inside-out propaganda posing as a "public service" film that wants you to "think". Of course, they know people remember visual cues and quickly forget verbal ones. The visual cues tell us that Climate Change is not real, and that Jesus was, and that liberals are not trustworthy.

Chris Smith
Chris Smith
11 years ago

just another controlled dissent ,to keep people from seeikng what is right in front of their ******* faces....Jews own your media....ALL OF IT.... tv,radio,magazines,,book publishing...and all major Hollywood studios....they lie and manipulate because stupid goy cant seem to understand the difference between names like Rothstein,Weinstein,Weiner... vs Jones,Smith,and Johnson....and when enough start to catch on...they just change their names....Karl Marx(Mordechi Levy).....Leon Trotski..(Lev Bronstein),,then they play the Holocaust card,or the anti-Semitic label to shut the rest up...

McKee Colton
McKee Colton
11 years ago

This film is an insult to rational thought. A travesty

Austin Wilson
Austin Wilson
11 years ago

I'm sorry, this pissed me off. the second story alone is wrong. Take a look at Google Earth and you will see it. The northern polar ice cap is GONE. If you don't believe it look up pictures of it from just a few years ago.

anna miller
anna miller
11 years ago

"The next 27 minutes are an experiment but in order for it to work, you must pay attention."
This is a good documentary that reminds one to critically think through conspiracy theories, check sources, and acknowledge the irony of persuasion.

keli138
keli138
11 years ago

Flashing blips, dramatic lighting, government-style typewriter font to give power and authority to the words, no facts presented in any of its claims; only the word of the staff, alleged professionals and psychologists, etc.

At first, I thought this was just another propaganda piece to get us to believe the message using the same exact tactics that it's exposing (for what gain I don't know), but shortly after the middle I began to wonder if it was intentionally done to illustrate the point that, even in this very piece, attempts are made to convince us of something that may not actually be accurate and that we should look for the clues in everything we see, even the ones that APPEAR to be in our best interest (including this film). That would be a brilliant idea if properly executed, but where exactly does this film stand? Just another conspiracy theory or an intended and clever use of hypnotic methods to promote and encourage critical thinking while exposing the methods used to convince us?

The film begins and ends by saying it is a test, but in order for it to work, you have to pay attention. The test was to see if we noticed the points above or if we, too, became victim of another 'conspiracy theory'.

'Lesson 6: The Endning Reveals The Agenda.'

During this lesson one of the speakers, Andrew Welsh - Political Scientist, reveals himself by saying "Hi, my name is Matt Landy, I am a model and an actor."

And at the very end it notes:

Copyright act 1968 - Sec 41A

Fair dealing for purpose of parody or satire: A fair dealing with a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work, or with an adaptation of a literary, dramatic or musical work, does not constitute an infringement of the copyright in the work if it is for the purpose of the parody or satire.

'Satire is a genre of literature, and sometimes graphic and performing arts, in which vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, and society itself, into improvement.[1] Although satire is usually meant to be funny, its greater purpose is often constructive social criticism, using wit as a weapon.' Source: Wikipedia.

lamanuwa
lamanuwa
11 years ago

Nicely done. But the acting in this one leaves a lot to be desired. Anyone interested in the full blast false propaganda documentary, please watch,

"Dark Side of the Moon".

Simon Gramstrup
Simon Gramstrup
11 years ago

Although the authors here in principle are right about how we respond to common information delivered in certain ways, this documentary are nothing but an agenda for:

There is no global warming.
God does exist

Kony 2012 was a exploited by the US government

Not worth the time..

tomregit
tomregit
11 years ago

If you Google the people in the credits at the end of this mockumentary you will see that we have all been pranked. I'm not sure why because it's just a little too subtle to be funny.

John_1411
John_1411
11 years ago

This film is clearly corporate propaganda, and it is absolutely the last straw with me regarding this website. This started out as an interesting and useful site, but has devolved into a kooks, cranks, and propaganda showcase. It is no longer worth our time to even check into this site to see what's new, because, now, it's always just more propaganda and deception videos. I am NOT in favor of drowning out or censoring the
voices of those who are genuinely concerned about an issue, even if I don't agree with them. I am, however, all for censoring what is an obvious and blatant attempt to deceive. And this doc is all about deception. Corporations think they will have to spend millions of dollars to convert their factories over to more efficient, safer, and cleaner systems -- the money is ALL they care about. They think it is cheaper to convince people that it's not necessary to make changes. Man made climate change is a well established FACT. It is simply not something you can honestly "believe" or "disbelieve" any more than you can believe or disbelieve in gravity, or in trees, or in water. Do you "believe" in water? Global warming is blatantly, verifiably, unequivocally real. Anyone who says that human induced climate change is not real is being just a foolish as people used to be when they said the world was flat.

John_1411
John_1411
11 years ago

This film is clearly corporate propaganda, and it is absolutely the last straw with me regarding this website. This started out as an interesting and useful site, but has devolved into a kooks, cranks, and propaganda showcase. It is no longer worth our time to even check into this site to see what's new, because, now, it's always just more propaganda and deception videos. I am NOT in favor of drowning out or censoring the
voices of those who are genuinely concerned about an issue, even if I don't agree with them. I am, however, all for censoring what is an obvious and blatant attempt to deceive. And this doc is all about deception. Corporations think they will have to spend millions of dollars to convert their factories over to more efficient, safer, and cleaner systems -- the money is ALL they care about. They think it is cheaper to convince people that it's not necessary to make changes. Man made climate change is a well established FACT. It is simply not something you can honestly "believe" or "disbelieve" any more than you can believe or disbelieve in gravity, or in trees, or in water. Do you "believe" in water? Global warming is blatantly, verifiably, unequivocally real. Anyone who says that human induced climate change is not real is being just a foolish as people used to be when they said the world was flat.

Anna Vo
Anna Vo
11 years ago

They also act like there is not such thing as dirty businesses that create dirty water and dirty air for profit,,,the green energy sector is at fault for greed. And no bad guys in the world it's just your government playing into your fears. Well, thankyou guys who did this film because now I'll sleep peacfully knowing that everything is just fine now, no matter how polluted my body and my environment becomes. And God forbid we PROGRESS to something other then using petroleum products for energy.

~Oliver B Koslik Esq
~Oliver B Koslik Esq
11 years ago

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The answers lie within

One must listen to the information. After watching it.
Then "watch" the movie; after listening to it.

The truth is out there.

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