posted on Oct, 5 2005 @ 11:46 PM
Besides just finding out about you, essay writing can be a very effective indoctrination technique. If you write that you believe something, you're
likely to start believing it. People have a natural need for consistency, which is satisfied when they believe they've wrote.
The technique is most effective when you believe you aren't being coerced to say certain things. The case would Chinese POW camps. They would hold
essay contests, and offer prizes for the best essay. People would then tilt their essays towards being more pro-communist, becuase they knew who would
be judging. Gradually, they would start writing more and more pro-communist essays. The technique was most effective when winners were given a small
prize so participants felt less coerced.
At the time I never realized it, but I think my English teachers were doing the same thing. They present their views in class. Next, they ask you to
write an essay on some BS topic about identity or some such nonesense. If they know what they're doing, they will insist on not grading based on your
views, blah, blah blah. However, you are pressured by grades, social pressure, etc. to conform to the expectations.
There are various approaches you can take. One approach is to just say total nonesense or meaningless junk. "I see myself as a person. I am just a
person, but I am a person. In being a person, I am a person. I identify with these qualities. I am. I am who I am...." Another thing, would be just
to not do the paper. Although, the problems with doing these is that you can get into the habit of doing bull#. It may not be easy to break this
The most interesting and most difficult approach is to write with hidden meanings or with satire. Suppose you were assigned an essay on why you like
the class. For example, carefully read this passage "I truly loved the discussions whose innate character moves one to tears. Although, I marvel at
discovering honesty after deeply searching beyond the constraints of what one might term ordinary discourse. I hate to think how I used to be before
my more recent insights."
I suppose identity can be more tricky. I might write something more like "When watching the television set, I see many things come to life. Many
parts of things of a world come from there. I could see myself inside of it, but that is only a portion of my world. I greatly like the greatest and
absolute best of the most amazing sports. Thes sports games are truly so great they blow my mind, and many others. What would the world be like
without them? I look and answer this question to my pleasing everday."
They just don't teach real writing at school.