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originally posted by: tikbalang
a reply to: makemap
Never, never ever, use Japan as a reference to anything..Cause it makes no sense, yet it is done by just Japanese..
Standing up and down because everyone else is and there is no real reason not to ... who cares?
Herd behavior describes how individuals in a group can act collectively without centralized direction. The term can refer to the behavior of animals in herds, packs, bird flocks, fish schools and so on, as well as the behavior of humans in demonstrations, riots and general strikes, sporting events, religious gatherings, episodes of mob violence and everyday decision-making, judgement and opinion-forming.
As a practical example of Edward Bernays’ theory, detailed in his essay, George Washington Hill, president of the American Tobacco Company, hired Edward Bernays in 1928 to lead a campaign to entice more women to smoke in public. The campaign is believed to have helped converting attitudes towards women’s smoking from a social taboo to a more socially acceptable act. Bernays did this by associating women’s smoking with the ideas of “power” and “freedom” which he did by using the slogan “Torches of Freedom” during a famous parade in New York City.
The idea of “Engineering of Consent” was motivated by Freud’s idea that humans are irrational beings and are motivated primarily by inner desires hidden in their unconscious. If one understood what those unconscious desires were, then one could use this to one’s advantage to sell products and increase sales.
IMO, something like this is a truer test of how strong you really are. Can you resist an authority figure even when you know what you're doing is wrong and causing someone else terrible pain, even possible death?
Yes, I understand that. My point is that some herd behavior is harmful and some is not. The real question is whether or not one is aware of one's participation in it and why.
For example, I could say that I participate every morning in a mass herd behavior ritual called the morning commute. Drive one route long enough and you can quickly tell who is used to the route and who isn't. When everyone on the drive is used to the route and drives it the "herd" way, things tend to actually be better and smoother than when you have a bunch of people who do not know the drive etiquette. Things get clogged up.
So should I break the rules of my commute this morning and screw everyone else up and myself just to prove I am not a member of the "herd?"
The philosophers Søren Kierkegaard and Friedrich Nietzsche were among the first to criticize what they referred to as "the crowd" (Kierkegaard) and "herd morality" and the "herd instinct" (Nietzsche) in human society. Modern psychological and economic research has identified herd behavior in humans to explain the phenomena of large numbers of people acting in the same way at the same time.
Now if my participation in the herd behavior was leading me to drive off a cliff or to some other certain destruction ... well, no, it's not worth it.
originally posted by: seeker11
Anyways, so if it IS fake...who does it benefit to have us all thinking we are sheep and reinforcing that idea.