The Perot Museum and ‘Propaganda’

Touch tornado in The Rees-Jones Foundation Dynamic Earth Hall. (photo by Jason Janik)

Okay, as Bradford and Tim pointed out, there is one sort of amusing fracking video at the new Perot Museum of Nature and Science. It’s located inside the Trevor Rees-Jones Foundation Dynamic Earth Hall (pictured), named for Rees-Jones of Dallas’s Chief Oil & Gas. But other fracking exhibits there–including a giant horizontal drilling rig–are pretty straightforward, fascinating even, certainly appropriate to a Texas science museum.

But if you’re going to label the fracking stuff “propaganda,” as Tim did in the comments, there’s also propaganda I guess in the Texas Instruments hall, where you learn to build a robot. In the Tom Hunt Energy Hall, where you crank the valves of a full-size wellhead. In the Children’s Museum classrooms, which is outfitted “proudly” with products from The Container Store. And at the Green Mountain Energy display, where you’re taught the virtues of the museum’s Green Mountain solar hot-water system.

UPDATE: The fracking video and other fracking exhibits are adjacent to, not actually inside, the Rees-Jones’s Dynamic Earth Hall. They’re located in the Tom Hunt Energy Hall, which was funded with a $10 million gift from Dallas’s Hunt Petroleum Corp. Mea culpa.


  • mynameisbill

    Exactly! Is it anymore propagandishist if I go to DisneyWorld and see someone in a Mickey Mouse custom telling me it’s a small world after all? I’d say no. So, why should I be up in arms if a museum with the name Perot on it champions fracking?

  • Avid Reader

    To make everyone happy, why don’t they just run the green propaganda film Gasland right next to the pro-fracking video. Would getting the bs from both sides be too scientific?

  • blue pencil

    What’s the difference? Well, “It’s a Small World After All” or the Texas Instruments robots may be promoting a company’s product, but they’re not exactly trying to get state and local governments to change their laws to permit controversial drilling procedures near residential areas. In other words, visitors are not likely to vote on whether it’s a small world or not. But visitors sure as hell can try to influence the outcome of fracking decisions, which are political and legal struggles.

  • Kk.

    All those whiney people upset that their bath water is flammable. There’s billions to be made, T Boone needs a few new jets so you folks need to buck up and buy bottled water. And toss out the candles. And fireplaces. Buy flame retardant PJ’s for the kids, but it’s called progress people, it’s better than evil foreign oil and pansy-a$$ green energy, right?

  • SmallChange

    I think they also have a NAFTA exhibit with speakers pumping out a Giant Sucking Sound.

  • Tim Rogers

    Thank you for your comment. Indeed and yes.

  • Steve Zimmerman

    Marketing and propaganda. They are different. It’s not that complicated.

  • vseslav botkin

    It’s amusing how defensive Glenn gets when you impugn his flippin’ frackin’ heros. A single throwaway line in a lighthearted post about a new museum and he bravely and incoherently springs to their defense. Does he wear a cape? Can we put that cape in a time capsule? Does a time capsule lose all meaning when the items you put in it should already be in a time capsule? I heard you like time capsules, dawg.

  • mynameisbill

    You obviously are oblivious to Disney and its Illuminati ties. Oh no, they’re promoting something alright with “it’s a small world after all”…’s called WORLD DOMINATION(I had to write world domination in all capital letters to emphasize just how sinister Mickey Mouse and his demonic friends are. I mean, Goofy? Why’s his name Goofy? Think about that for a second!)