RTE’s ‘Rebellion’ series, and its propaganda value

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By Tom Stokes (The Irish Republic blog)

There are occasions in life when time that can never be retrieved is expended on something that is worthless. So far, three valuable hours of my life has been wasted on what RTE describes as a ‘commemorative drama’ to herald the beginning of the Centenary year of the 1916 revolution. Wasted, other than in terms of understanding the propaganda value to the political class even of badly constructed ‘historical’ costume drama - although describing ‘Rebellion’ as coherent drama is stretching it.

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