Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Edward Bernays: Propaganda

The manipulation of American society is well-developed psychological art backed by decades of science. The innate tendency of humans to follow scripted and reinforced narratives was identified, studied and applied by Edward Bernays, the nephew of Sigmund Freud.

An early example of his work was the popularization of smoking among women.

Bernays hired women to march while smoking their “torches of freedom” in the Easter Sunday Parade of 1929. Where it had once been considered a "trashy" thing for refined women of that era to do, it became a symbol of a spirited rebellion against the backdrop of early feminism, liberation and the suffrage movement.

Today, the psychological art of opinion manufacturing is a multi-billion dollar industry that is maintained by the American media and advertising agencies focused on directing public opinion towards the products and business interests of their clients.

The danger exists where Americans are awash in selective news reporting. Such reporting collectively limits what they believe is "the truth". Americans seek confirmation, and when they hear a unified, distorted perspective, it becomes "reality". News outside of this is reflexively understood to be "fringe".

Edward Bernays

Torches of Freedom (cigarettes)

Crystallizing Public Opinion (1923)

Propaganda (1928)

Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media(2002, Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky)

Friday, April 15, 2016

ARISE 666: THE APOCALYPTIC ICONOCLAST | Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis

I have been spending way too much time on the internet lately. The reason is because I have once again glommed on to one my pattern obsessions where I see a pattern happening that usually spirals into the rabbit hole and eventually bring us closer to the abyss. Those devoted fans who listen to my show know I see patterns in stories and in news items that meet up halfway with my knowledge of history. When I see them combine, I make a hypothesis those winds up approximating and event...

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Survey: Majority of College Students Afraid to Speak Freely Because They Might Be Offensive

American universities have done a complete about-face away from the free speech havens they once were.
Recently brought to the forefront of American media has been the attack on free speech and lack of respect for the press on college campuses.
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